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Kia ora e te whanau o Te Kāpehu Whetū,

REMINDER: Tuesday is a school holiday – Kura back on Wednesday 3rd April

I hope everyone had a decent break over the Easter festive period, and enjoyed some whanau time. We are now into the 2nd to last week before end of Term 1.

At Teina (Yr 1-6) we will finish the Term as we started, having fun and upping our reo kaupapa.

At Tuakana (Yr 7-13) we are into the last prep for Tai Tokerau Kapahaka Festival at Okaihau College.

  • Next Tuesday, 12noon over at Maumahara we will do a run through of our bracket, for our resident senior kapahaka team, Ngati Wai Kaumatua/Kuia. If you are available, please come!!
  • If you can, travel through to Okaihau College Wednesday be seated in the marquee by 4pm

NOTE: This week we are considering Tuakana marching with various roopu to raise awareness for key issues of the moment, likely to impact our mokopuna, tamariki, rangatahi into the future.  We will make the final decision to go after discussing with ākonga and will seek your permission prior.



Our whanau welcomed my mokopuna tuarua into Te Ao

Te Hikuwai Tuwhakaea Niha

“Ko Ngā Pae Tawhiti, Whaia kia Tata. Ko Ngā Pae Tata, Whakamaua kia Tina”

“The potential for tomorrow depends on what WE do today”


Nāku Na,
Whaea Rae



Ka haere tonu ngā whakataetae Poitukohu me ngā mahi akomanga

Ngā mihi nui ki  a koutou kātoa.


Paetata me Paetawhiti

What’s been happening this week?

Action Matakana

This week was the boys turn to venture out to Action Makakana for another fun day of new learning experiences and pushing the boundaries many of them in terms of their own cqpabilities and trusting in themselves to work collectively. Thanks to our staff who attended both of these events with the girls and boys. We look forward to the kaiako haerenga to Action Matakana.

He rārangi maunga
Tū te ao, tū te pō
He rārangi tangata
E hinga nei, e hinga nei
Toitu te whenua


Tuakana have been very fortunate to have the Ngāti Hine Ki-o-rahi team coming in next week to share their knowledge of the game with us. Tauira have gained some new skills, as well as carrying over skills learned from previous years and building on those. We would like to thank Whaea Casey, Matua Richie, and Whaea Brooke for helping us grow and be supported in Ki-o-rahi. Our goal is to get to a regional competition. Nga mihi ki a koutou te roopu Ki-o-rahi nō Ngāti Hine Health Trust.

Kaupapa Sharing

We have been very busy in Paetawhiti with learning coming out of our ears. It has been encouraging to see tauira willing to share their mahi with the rest of the whare. Having our kōtiro of Paetawhiti on the morning taumata, wā whakarite is also a great sign to see that, no matter what, Kia Māori te tū is alive and well in our whare.  Thank you to all our pouako that have been working hard this term to bring invigorating  topics across all tuakana whare. Drills, every Monday with Staff Louis have been very effective. Thank you Staff for being the role model for our tauira in carrying the vision of our kura.


  • Kapa haka practice will be in full force for the last 2 weeks in preparation for Te Tai Tokerau festival in week 11
  • Free 1 hour art classes every tuesday at the Whangarei Art Museum, 10-11am.
  • Retun to school Wednesday 3rd April 2024



Action Matakana

This week it was the tāne’s turn to take on the 3k, 34 obstacle course at Action Matakana.  For an added challenge, not only did they have to take Gerry, the 20-litre container with them but also Harold the truck tyre with neither being allowed to touch the ground for the whole course.

This additional team member did not slow them down one bit, with the first team completing the course in 1 hour 3 mins with the 2nd team not far behind.  Again, the pouako were impressed with the grit and determination shown by all ākonga as well as how well they worked together efficiently as a group, building each other up and thriving on completing the more difficult obstacles.

These opportunities are so important in building a well-rounded, capable, and confident person.  Yes academics, literacy and numeracy, NCEA achievement are important but so are the skills in our ACAD Code of Conduct. TKW is providing opportunities to improve their skills to survive as a successful individual in this world, confidence, commitment, self-discipline, courage, loyalty, integrity, honesty, generosity of spirit and respect.  We encourage whanau and ākonga to take every opportunity provided to step out of the classroom, out of the comfort zone and be challenged

NCEA classes

As the end of the term approaches so do due dates for NCEA assessments.  Ākonga are at varying stages of having their mahi completed and ready for marking.  Ākonga should know what they still have left to complete and some of this mahi can be worked on at home.  At the start of next term we will be sending out individual credit summaries indicating what has already been completed, what is overdue and what is coming up for the rest of the year.


Whare Hauora @ TKW

What’s actually in our food

Chicken nuggets – New Zealander’s love ‘em.  There are a quick yummy snack or lazy dinner.  When was the last time you read the ingredients list on the packet?  You know there are other things in there, like flour to make the coating but the majority of the nugget is chicken, right? A recent survey by Consumer NZ looked at 39 different chicken tenders, patties, and nuggets and found that only 3 of the 39 had 65% chicken in them.  3 of them had less than 40%

It is important to read the nutritional labels of the foods we are buying.  A general rule is the longer the ingredient list, the more processed and less nutritional the product is.  Another piece of advice from nutritionists is if there are ingredients listed that you can’t pronounce or wouldn’t be found in your pantry then its most likely an ultra-processed food, and these come with health warnings.

There’s growing evidence that eating lots of Ultra Processed Foods is bad for your health. Strong associations have been found between high intake and increased health risks, such as being overweight and having obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, breast cancer and depression.

At Te Kāpehu Whetū we are committed to the health and well-being of our ākonga, our whanau and our staff.  Whare Hauora is our attempt to raise awareness, create opportunities and actively pursue a higher level of wellbeing for us all.

Many of our convenience foods we grab on the go now are classified as ultra-processed.  Chocolate biscuits, packet chips, instant noodles, flavoured milks and Up n Go, lollies, snack bars are common UPFs.   If in doubt about what foods to choose, remember – fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and legumes will always be nutritional winners

Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food’  – Michael Pollan

Nāku na
Matua Rua

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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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