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Week 3 done and dusted.

Both sites have completed their whakawhanaungatanga and starting to refine their programmes to meet the needs of ākonga.  Ill report more on that over the Term.

Under our Kia Tū Rangatira Ai Pou we have initiated:

  • Hakinakina/fitness programmes at both site
  • Initiated the Leadership Academy programme for the year (more on that later)
  • Initiated korero with our senior Kōhine (who I’ll introduce to you over little while)
  • Looking for teams for our sports
  • And introducing our approach to better nutrition



  • First game for Paenuku Basketball starts this Wednesday.
  • We have two teams
    • Year 5/6
    • Year 1/2/3/4
  • Training for Paenuku will be Mondays during kura time (pls bring PE gear and shoes)
  • Still waiting for the draw to come out.
  • Time of game and details to be confirmed.
  • If you are still keen contact Whaea Toni through Whaea Sam at Paenuku


  • Netball season is approaching.
  • If your tamariki is interested in playing Netball
  • Again please contact Whaea Toni


  • Sports teams, seasons and training still being worked on Whaea Kaye and matua Rua to report on shortly


Kia Ora Whānau!

We hope you are aware, from our previous panui, drinks other than wai Māori are not permitted at Kura.  Neither are fast foods, sweets or junk food.

This is derived from our desire for better futures for us all.  If we want Mana Motuhake, we need to ensure we have the health to achieve this in our day to day lives.  The health of our ākonga, our mokopuna, ourselves is absolutely vital.  So we make it part of what we do here to inform our ākonga (and ourselves) of the importance of nutrition.

We thought it best that we explain to all our ākonga why we believe these rules are important. At the beginning of this term, all our Tuakana students have learned about the basics of nutrition, focusing on the three main nutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Students learn what each nutrient does for our bodies and the importance of having a balanced diet that includes all three.

One thing we looked at was the difference between complex and simple carbohydrates and how they affect blood sugar levels. This understanding helps our students make better choices about the foods they eat, which can lead to better health and sustained energy levels throughout the day.

We encourage all parents to talk to their children about what they’ve learned. Ask them about the nutrients and their roles as well as the differences between complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates and the effect they each have on blood sugar levels.

At Te Kāpehu Whetū, we believe in promoting the overall well-being of our ākonga and their whanau. By sharing this information, we hope to help our community make healthier choices when it comes to kai and meal planning.

Remember, making good food choices doesn’t just benefit our physical health – it also helps us stay focused and ready to learn. Let’s continue to learn and grow together as we prioritize the health and well-being of our ākonga and whanau.

Mauri ora,  Matua Rua Paki



Raewyn Tipene


Rāhiri mai … Ngātahi Mangoroa

“Tini whetu ki te rangi, ko Paenuku ki te whenua, Ko Mangoroa e rērere ki tua o Paerangi, Paeroa”.

E ako matou ki te tuhinga taki, he mea hanga nō ngā hararei me te rā o Waitangi.

TE REO MATATINI. He maha ngā akoranga ki te kete kupu, ki te kete kōrero hoki. Me aro ki ngā kupu hōu, kia rahi ngā hua o te kōrerorero.



Nau mai, hoki mai te roopu whakahaere a te poitūkohu ā rohea Whangārei Terenga. Nga mihi anō ki a Matua Herbie.



Paetata/Paetawhiti 2024


Tēnā ka mihi nei mātou ki a koutou e te hunga pikoko ana ki te reo kāmehameha hei whakarangatira ai tō tātou māhuri tōtara. Tū mai he toka tū. Tū mai hei manawa aroha, tihei wa mauri ora


Kia ora koutou e te whanau. We hope your tamaiti has settled in well at kura this week. Whanaungatanga continues to guide us as we start to become more familiar with our new learning environments and faces. It has been great to see our tauira coming back, together with their olds friends, along with seeing new friendships starting to take shape.


We are thrilled to welcome back Matua Stanko to Te Kāpehu Whetū.  Matua Stanko was an integral part of our kura in our early years and is a valuable asset in the promotion of numeracy and maths skills.  We look forward to watching our ākonga’s numeracy and maths confidence and strategies grow under his guidance. Nau mai hoki mai, matua Stanko

This week has seen Paerangi settling into their classes and our kura routines.  We had our first tuakana kapa haka session on Tuesday, starting our prep for Te Tai Tokerau Festival at the end of the term.  Fitness sessions are in full swing, ākonga completed their first RFL last week establishing their baseline to work from and improve through the term.  With this hot weather it is essential ākonga are bringing a drink bottle to kura every day.  We finished the week with a trip to the town pools for some whanaungatanga and a change to unwind after our first full week of kura.  It was great to see the different year levels mixing together and bonding under the korowai of TKW.

The Ministry of Education has created a pānui for whanau Māori with children in the Education system.  Iti s sent monthly via email to whanau who sign up.  Kia Manawaroa is about:

  • Opportunities, changes, and milestones in Education
  • Celebrating Māori success as Māori
  • Promoting and normalising te reo Māori

Check it out via the link below

Te Kāpehu Whetū Kaupapa

We believe passionately in our culture, our people, our ākonga, and we know that through hard work, commitment, and focused support they will achieve within the Kura and beyond. We do this hereby acknowledging the 28 Māori Battalion and the price paid for citizenship, so that ‘we’ can “Navigate Māori Futures”.To do this we commit to success in all its forms:

  • Kia Māori – Be Māori – Be
    An education that validates Māori knowledge and ways of learning.
  • Kia Mātau – Be Knowledgeable – Know
    Encouraging innovation, inquiry, and the development of specialised knowledge/skills
  • Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Be Rangatira – Do
    The development of strong character and personal excellence, living with mana).

“Ki te kore te putake e makukungia, e kore te rakau e tupu”
If the roots of the tree are not watered, the tree will never grow

Raewyn Tipene

Whānau please note

  • Our kura has high expectations of ourselves and ākonga, therefore, we need to attend consistently, be awake, follow the hygiene and dress standards, and be well-rounded in our hauora.
  • Healthy kai (provided) and Wai Māori are the only acceptable kai allowed at TKW. Please ensure that your tamariki has a clean and named water bottle with them each day.



As part of the merge process, Te Kāpehu Whetū has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community. Access details are in the newsletter.


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