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Kia ora e te whanau o Te Kāpehu Whetū

Matariki week has arrived!!!….ākonga have been discovering and learning about the significance of Matariki and Ngā Whetu and are ready to show you, their whanau, what they know.  We look forward to having you at the following events, please note times and venues:

  1. Tues 25th5.30pm – 7pmĀkonga Matariki Art Auction @ Maumahara
  • This is a fundraiser
  • All Ākonga art will be on display AND WILL BE AUCTIONED OFF
  • We will run a silent Bidding Process – info on the night
  • Don’t miss out!!!
  • Kai Stalls (fundraiser) available bring cash!!!
  • Maramataka Calendars for sale on the night $35each bring cash or card


  1. Wed 26th5.30pm – 7pm Matariki Wearable Arts Show @ Hihiaua
  • Ākonga have been designing wearable art outfits for their akomanga
  • An ākonga from each class will wear the art down the runway on Hihiaua deck
  • Whanau are asked to be seated by 5.30pm
  • Kai stalls (fundraiser) available bring cash!!!
  • Maramataka Calendars for sale on the night $35each bring cash or card


  1. Thurs 27th6.00am – 7amMatariki Hautapu @ Hihiaua
  • It is important that ākonga are at Hihiaua by 6am to be part of the karakia
  • Nine of our Ākonga will lead the Hautapu karakia for all of us
  • Their karakia will welcome in Ngā Whetū of Matariki for this Māori new year
  • Hautapu is followed by kai for all, prepared by our Admins
  • PHOTO EXHIBITION of our ākonga Tuakana will be on display. Outstanding!!!

Nau mai, haere mai!!!

Nau mai, piki mai!!

PLEASE NOTE: Kura closes early on Thursday 27th at 2pm!!!!…and Friday 28th is Public Holiday

ALSO TO NOTE: Potential haerenga for Paetawhiti/Paerangi Kōhine in following week – info yet to go out

Kia pai to wiki!

Ngā mihi

Whaea Rae



Ko Matariki ki te rangi – Ko Pāenuku ki te whenua

Tuia ko Matariki ki te rangi, paiheretia ko Paenuku ki te whenua,
Ko au te taiāo, ko te taiāo ko ahau!

‘He kai kei aku ringa, Ko Matariki kei aku whakaaro’

Ko Ngā Pou e Toru o Pāenuku ka noho hei tūāpapa, hei whakaruruhau tonu i to mātou nei whare, me ōna mahinga katoa. Nō reira he mahi nui te oti i ngā akonga kia whai mana ai ko ngā mahi whakarite taumata, me te whakahāere i ngā mahi whakatau i te ata i a rā. He mea nui rawa ki te whakaatu i ēnei hua nui o te ako kia pai ai te taki ake i ngā mahi whakaako katoa, ahakoa te aha! No reira e mihi ana ki ngā mahi nui te oti ia Pāenuku whānui te whakatinana i ēnei tikanga tuku iho i roto i ēnei wiki ako. Kei runga noa atu.

Kapa Haka Ki Mangoroa

He tino tūmeke rawa ngā tamariki ki te wānanga i a rāapa kia noho tahi ki Mangoroa kia akongia i ngā waiata me ngā haka o te kura. Kua mau pai ai te ako i te waiata ‘Te Mātahi o Te Tau’ hei hāpai i te kaupapa mo te matariki. E hāere tonu ana ngā mahi haka kia pai ai te whakatō i te pou Kia Māori ki roto i a rātou! He tino pai rawa ēnei tikanga ki te whakapūmau i aua whakaakoranga ki roto i ngā tauira katoa. Haramai te pai e tai mā!

‘Ko Au Te Tāiāo – Ko Te Tāiāo ko ahau.
Tērā ko matariki ka rewa ki te pāe’

E pakari hāere ana te tupu o ngā hua nui mo te kaupapa ako mo tēnei wahanga – ‘Toitū Te Taiāo’. Kua whānui hoki te mau pai o ngā akoranga mo Te Mātahi o Te Tau me ngā aro nui tonu o te kaupapa motuhake nei mo Te Matariki!

E āo e te rā e ngā kaupapa huhua o te wā. Nau Mai, Whakatau mai e ngā hua nui o te tau hōu māori!! Hāere Mai e te iti, e te rahi ki runga i a Te Kāpehu Whetū whakatau atu ai i ngā mahi whakanui i tēnei wāhanga o te tau.


Whats been happening this week?

Wiki Tuawaru

Tēnā tātou e te whānau, nau mai ano ki to mātou karere mo te wiki tuawaru nei. Ko mātou ngā whare, Paetawhiti ko Paetata, e mihi atu ana ki a koutou e tāmara mā.

Week 8 was jam packed with mahi toi preparations for Matariki Celebration week coming up.

Paetata and Paetawhiti have been busy preparing, organising and sorting through the final touches of art pieces for our art auction coming up on Tuesday 25th June.

The whetū for Paetata this week was Hiwa-i-te-rangi and Matariki Hopes and Wishes for the Māori New Year.

Matariki Photographs

Thank you to whanau who provided their tamaiti taonga to bring to their photo sessions. We had a very successful day of taking photos. Your childs digital image will be made available to purchase once we have set up an ordering system.



Kia ora e te whānau!

Paerangi students are preparing their wearable arts costumes for Matariki celebrations this coming week.

Matariki is also a time for students to take hold of any opportunities available to them.

Students need to be more resilient in the tasks that are at hand to them. These include:

  • Their commitment to completing any assessments,
  • Punctuality to kura and
  • Also adhering to the kaupapa of Te Kāpehu Whetū.

Learning is a life long journey no matter what the learning is.

Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.

Ngā manaakitanga o te wāhi ngaro ki a koutou

Ngā mihi
Matua Ropata



Academy on Point

On Thursday evening we received a call from our kaumatua, Matua Hori Parata.  He was seeking support for mahi out Pataua.  So Friday morning, heeding the call, 11 of our Academy boys headed out to help Te Kaurinui Parata plant natives out on bay.

Te Kaurinui is from the Fred Baker Intake.  He leads a crew who are involved in maintaining native flora and korero regarding the taiao.  It is a programme we are keen to have a closer connection with in coming terms/years.  Staff Louis and matua Moses on crew!


Kia ora whānau,

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the following students who have been selected to participate in the Northland Secondary Schools Cross Country next Tuesday, 25th June:

Kruize Cooper-Brown
Tia Moana Edwards
Te Ihi Rameka-Kere
Raiha Leuleuai
Saieti Reti
Akiwa Kawana
Krenshaw Snowden
Kwade Cooper
Xyvijarn Reti-Latu

Permission slips have been sent home with your child. Please ensure these are signed and returned on Monday.

A special well done to the girls who have been working hard at Whangarei Boxing Gym. They are getting fitter and developing great resilience through their efforts.

Congratulations to Ezra Toi who played in the Northland Rugby League under 14’s Grand Final for the Hikurangi Stags.  In a very close and hard fought match, the Portland Panthers came away with the win. Final score: Portland 10 – 8 Hikurangi

RLN (Rugby League Northland) will be starting an Under 16’s competition for female players in the middle of next month.  If your kotiro would like to play, get in touch with them through Facebook or come talk to me at Kura and we will find a way to get your kotiro involved

Mauri ora,
Matua Rua Paki



See Panui for the Hauora Section

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See Calendar for Key Events




Along with disallowing cell phones and IT devices from being used in Kura (unless part of a lesson and allowed for learning by Pouako) another Government policy being measured is Student Attendance.  See below:

The Government has set a target of 80% regular attendance each term by 2030.

Attendance is linked to both student wellbeing and to attainment. Ministry of Education insights studies show that attending Kura regularly is, on average, associated with more positive wellbeing outcomes.  Attendance is also linked to student attainment especially in secondary students.

Although we have a good attendance rate across the Kura, it can be better.  Our attendance across both sites is usually around mid-high 70s.

We understand that there are valid and important reasons for ākonga to be out of school at times and this is ok but please let the tari know when and why your child is absent.

Tari Year 7-13 ring Whaea Jackie: (09) 955 9996

Tari Year 1-6 ring Whaea Sam: (09) 438 8033

Automated text notification of absence

We have reinitiated our automated text message system for absences starting next week.  If your child is marked with an unknown absence in the morning on an automatic text message will be sent to the primary caregiver(s) to notify them.

Thank you very much to all whanau who have responded to these texts either by replying or contacting the office.  This has made a significant difference to the number of unjustified absences we have.



Te Kāpehu Whetū has worked with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures.

The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies, which have been well researched and align with the National Education and Learning Priorities. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.

SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our school board has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented.

We invite you to visit the site at School Docs


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, the development of specialised knowledge and skills.

Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Be Rangatira – Do

Development of strong character and personal excellence, living with mana.


Raewyn Tipene 

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