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It’s Week 4 already….. and it is all on here at Kura.

The first few days of the year we had a Teachers Only Day and produced an overarching 2024 plan.

The focus for Term 1 across the whole kura is: Tikanga/Uara -> Ko Au Te Whare/ Tū Ki Te Marae

Our Pouwhakahaere with Pouako, have been working hard on their whare programmes for Term 1.

In the weekly Pānui they will provide a glimpse of what that mahi looks like on the ground.

But to get a comprehensive understanding of what TKW has planned we invite you to our first Whanau Hui for the year, for an overview on the Kaupapa of the Kura, Whare Plans and Expectations.

Date: This Thursday 29th Feb           Venue: Maumahara – 40 Herekino Street, Whangarei

Yeaaaaah!! Poitūkohu (Basketball) is underway with the first games last week….fabulous evening Wednesdays if you have nothing better to do come cheer our crews on!!

Raewyn Tipene


E ako ana matou


We have been aligning our kaupapa (te Tiriti o Waitangi) with our kura values “ko au te whare, ko te whare ko ahau” to enable us to make familiar connections between the treaty and us.

Learning through art is so muc funs and Whaea Arohaina has been teaching us all about Tino rangatiratanga and all things relating to our flags.

Nuku ana Māui
Nuku ana Matau
Waiatā ki Tai
Waiatā ki uta
Paenuku Hi, Paenuku Hā

Tēnā tātou katoa e te whānau

Just a quick pānui to inform whānau that Waitā Players only have a meet and greet with their new coaches for the year and their first training after kura.

When: Monday 26th February 2024
Time: 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Where: Paenuku Court

Things you need to know

  • Things you need to know
  • Players are to arrive 30 mins before game time.
  • All players need to wear proper sports shoes.
  • All players need to have a plain black shirt for their first game.
  • Make sure they have a water bottle.
  • Please make sure you hand over your child to their kaitiaki. Do not drop them outside the stadium alone.
  • All fees can be paid to the tari.
  • All whanau are welcome to be a happy cheer. Positive vibes!

Awesome start for our tamariki this week.  Teams have now been registered into the appropriate age groups.  We look forward to the coming weeks.


Tēnā tātou

Throughout the week, both Paetata and Paetawhiti embarked on a journey of exploration and growth, delving into new concepts in maths and science while also nurturing there sense of whanaungatanga, understanding the significance of our pepeha and our deep connection to the environment, emphasizing the importance of staying grounded and interconnected.

What’s happening this week?

Fun with Pūtaiao
This week, Paetawhiti had the exciting opportunity to step into the cience lab, where they enthisiastically engaged with bunson burners and a variety of other captivating science experiments, igniting their curiosity and passion for discovery.

Fun with Pāngarau
Paetata embraced the world of mathematics this week, as they dove into practions with enthisiasm, discovering the joy of learning how to make fractions engaging and fun with everyday resources provided by the dynamic and engaging Whaea Serena.

Poitūkohu 2024
Poitūkohu has kicked off this term and there’s an electric buzz as our teams proudly represent our kura. The first game back served as a thrilling test of the waters, allowing players to shake off any initial nerves and rediscover their rhythm on the court. E mihi ana ki a Whaea Kei for once again navigating our roopu this term and ensuring that everyone has an enjoyable and encouraging time on court.

Staying Hydrated
These days have been HOT! Staying hydrated during hot weather and while at school is crucial for optimal cognitive function and overall well-being. Dehydration can significantly impact our ability to learn and concentrate. Whe we are dehydrated, cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and reasoning are impaired, making it more challenging to absorb new information and retain knowlege.

Pepeha, Pōtae, Pātara wae
E te whanau, due to the season, please remember to supply your taiaiti with a drink bottle and a school hat or a bucket hat, that covers their entire head. We will also send home a form for you to fill in with your tamaiti in regards to their pepeha, then return it with them Monday. This will be of great help in supporting the learning journey of your tamaiti as we delve into our kaupapa of, Ko Wai Au, this term.

Ngā mihi ki a koutou



Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau.

It’s been a busy week with our students getting into the full swing of mahi in each subject area. Pouako have been working hard with students to help them get into to good routines for completing assessments for this term.

One of the priorities for Paerangi this term is Ngā Mahi a Rehia (Performing Arts). This mahi entails preparations of our kapa haka for this year’s Tai Tokerau Festival to be held at Okaihau College. Students have been busy learning new items for their bracket and are doing well.

Please Remember: It is important that all students in Paerangi come to kura ready and organised for each class. This includes:

  • Being punctual
  • Have the correct equipment to learn
  • Have correct uniform
  • Have a focussed attitude to working hard and completing all tasks
  • Being respectful

This term is a very busy term with numerous kaupapa happening both in and out of the kura and therefore it is important that ākonga stay up to date with their class commitments.

Also a reminder:

  • NO PHONES in kura
  • NO sweets, soft drinks, fast foods

We will continue to raise here at TKW awareness of the effect that phones, social media, what we eat, what we drink, daily movement/exercise has on our health.  To be the best that we can, we need to be as healthy as possible across Te Whare Tapa Wha.  More on this as the year progresses……

Ngā mihi
Matua Ropata
Pouwhakahaere Paerangi


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.


Throughout this week, the Year 13 Health class delved into the art of reading and understanding nutritional labels on the backs of food packaging, helping them improve their ability to choose the healthier options available. This journey prompted them to do some research into the recommended daily intake of sugar. While various sources offered slightly differing insights, a general consensus emerged:

Adults should aim for no more than 6 teaspoons (30g) of sugar per day

Whereas children’s intake should ideally range between 3 to 5 teaspoons (15-25g).

This is the same amount of sugar as in a single small (250mls) can of V!

“On average, adults in Aotearoa New Zealand consume about 37 teaspoons of sugar daily through their food and drink intake. Sugary drinks are one of the main sources of the rising sugar intake among children and adults in Aotearoa New Zealand.” Te Whata Ora website

At TKW, we are steadfast in our commitment to promoting wai Māori as the only option for drink during kura hours.  We urge whanau to ensure their children come to kura with a water bottle every day, enabling them to stay refreshed and hydrated throughout the day with a wholesome drink option.


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


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