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Kia ora e te whanau o Te Kāpehu Whetū

Remember no Kura this Monday 3rd June ……We are into week 6 of Term 2 and going strong!!!

If you haven’t seen the photos on our Kura and Academy page please go see….and importantly share the page with whanau and friends.

Te Kāpehu Whetū Facebook Page

Leadership Academy Facebook Page

This was in Fridays Huaki page of the Northern Advocate

Honouring the Legacy:
Leadership Academy of A Company
Monte Cassino 80th Commemoration

At the Leadership Academy of A Company, we believe in honouring the sacrifices of the past while shaping the future. That’s why our Leadership Academy embarked on a poignant journey to Monte Cassino to pay tribute to the 28th Māori Battalion.

The 28th Māori Battalion holds a revered place in history for its bravery and resilience during World War II. As we retraced their footsteps at Monte Cassino, we were reminded of the extraordinary courage and sacrifice displayed by these brave men.

The journey to Monte Cassino was more than just a trip; it was a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by the 28th Māori Battalion. As we honour their memory, let us also strive to embody the values of courage, resilience, and leadership in our own lives.

We are taking enrolments for the ‘Leadership Academy of A Company’ and our Kura Te Kāpehu Whetū, for term 3 and 4

For more information visit Te Kāpehu Whetū website or email our administratorā mihi ki a koutou katoa
Whaea Rae



Nau Mai – Haere Mai

Mai, Whakatau mai rā e Simeon Walker-Herewini me tō whānau. Ko te wawata, ka tau pai ai tō noho ki waenganui ia mātou i tō whānau hōu nōki o Te Kāpehu Whetū – Pāenuku.

‘Whāia te iti Kahurangi ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei’.

Kua tau ngā manu iti nei ki roto i Te Wāo Nui o Pāenuku, e rere ana ngā mahi, e aro pūmau ana te whakaako i ngā tikanga o Pāenuku me ‘Ngā Pou e Toru’. He hari ,he koa katoa te hunga nei ki te whai i te ara o ako.

‘Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngāhere,
Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao’.

Mahi Hurihanga

Ko te aronga nui o ngā mahi e hāngai tonu ana ki te kaupapa matua o tēnei wāhanga, arā, ko “Toitū te taiāo me Matariki”. Nō reira, e pai haere ana ngā mahi ako e whāngaihia ana ki ngā akonga me te mea anō hoki, e pakari pai ana te tupu o te pā harakeke o Pāenuku.

He nui ngā kai kua hora ki te papa o Pāenuku hei wānanga i tēnei wiki. E mahi tonu ana i ngā mahi kia tutuki pai ngā whāinga ako i tēnei wāhanga – Ko au te taiao, ko te taiao ko ahau.

I te tīmatanga te kupu, I te Atua te kupu
Ko te Atua anō te kupu i te tīmatanga

‘Ko Matariki ki runga, ko Pāenuku ki raro,
Ko au te taiāo, ko te taiāo ko ahau
Nau mai e te Tama kia mihi atu ahau

Nau mai te Mātahi o te tau – Ko au te Taiāo, Ko te Taiāo ko ahau

E kaha haere tonu ana ngā mahi ako, e puta mai ana ngā hua nui o te mahi. Kua timata ngā kākano te tupu ki roto i ngā mahinga, he mahi toi e haere ake ana, he tuhituhi, he kōrero Māori, he whai mātauranga Māori tonu te mahi nui o te wā. Kia Kaha tātou ki te kōrero i te reo Māori ki o tātou nei tamariki i ngā wā katoa, i ngā wāhi katoa.


He tino pai ki ngā tamariki ki te whakapakari i o rātou nei pūkenga poitūkohu ia wiki. E mihi nui ana kia Matua Herbie me tōna roopu tautoko. E mihi hoki ana ki ngā kaiārahi o ngā tīma, e haere mai ana ki te āwhina ki te whakangūngū tahi ki ngā tīma. He miharo rawa te kite atu i te hari pai o ngā tamariki ki te tākaro ia Wenerei ki te wharehākinakina ki McKay Stadium ki Kensington.



On Wednesday 29thMay, a group of tamariki from Paenuku took part in the WPSSA Winter Sports tournament.  The Kura participated in Pāwhutupōro, Poitūkohu and Poikopiko.  All teams were praised for their awesome sportsmanship and amazing behaviour.

The Table Tennis team played four games.  Sonny-Lo and Tamateamohau showed some amazing talent.  Their skills and determination gained four wins from four games.

Basketball had five games throughout the day.  They too won all their games.  Well done to the tamariki in this team.  Noah, Tawhia, Matana, Waitaha, Puhi, Tairyse, Charlotte and Te Areka who brought their “A” game on Wednesday.

The Rippa Rugby team, Te Kohamauri, Te Koharua, Tai, Shakur, Kaitiaki, Te Paea, Cedella and Amelia had the tough road. They had to battle the weather conditions as well as their opponents.  They won the majority of their games.  Despite the weather being cold and wet these tamariki went out and played with mana and pride.

Winter Sports 2024 was a blast! Well done to all teams, players who participated.  Thank you to our Coaches Whaea Kay and Matua Moses!!

Up and coming events:

Tuesday 4th June 2024 – Yr 3 & 4 Rippa Rugby Festival held at Pohe Island, starting 10am

Our Year 3 & 4 tamariki will be playing Rippa Rugby straight after our long weekend.  This tournament will be at Pohe Island 10am to 2pm.  A reminder pānui will be sent out to whanau over the coming days.

Tuesday 25th June 2024 – Yr 5 & 6 Rippa Rugby Festival

There will be a pānui sent out to whanau closer to the date


Whats been happening this week?

Wiki Tuarima

E mihi ana ki a koutou e te whānau whānui of te Kāpehu Whetū.

Week 5 is done and dusted and we have officially reached the halfway mark of term two. Another very busy and active week from our tuakana whare. Earlier ths week we welcomed home the Academy akonga on their return for Italy in support of those whose Tupuna took to battle all those years ago in the 28th Māori Battalion. It was an emotional return for the boys as they were brought back into Te Kāpehu Whetū with a stirring pōwhiri. A very big thank you to our kura staff who organised, accompanied and took care of the boys and one another while in italy.

Although we had a short week, it was yet again, buzzing with activity.

Paetata were inquiring about te whetū a Tupu-ā-rangi and Paetawhiti were very busy keeping box fit and Matariki research ready.

So far this term, Paetata have covered five of the nne whetū. Waiti, Waita, Waipuna-a-rangi, Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi.

Each weeks learning theme is guided by a star, where akonga get their enquiry caps on to delve a little bit deeper into Te Ao o Matariki.


The guiding whetū fpor Paetata this week is Tupu-ā-rangi, which takes care of all food sources above the ground and in the trees. Manu were considered a delicacy epsecially Kererū.


No School on Monday 3rd June, Kings Birthday. School resumes Tuesday 4th June.

  • Kapa Haka Paenuku/Paetata to start week 6 every Wednesday, 1-3pm at Maumahara
  • Aims games deposit of $150.00 due June 1st 2024



We are very pleased to have our Leadership Academy ākonga back on Tuesday.  Kura for Paerangi has been very quiet with their absence.

Some students have been using their time wisely to catch up, and/or get ahead in mahi and get started on their wearable arts creations.  Paerangi has great ideas for their pieces, now they just have to pull through with the effort and application to get them done on time.

Next week is full on, back into the mahi of learning and assessments, with the focus on doing what needs to be done.

Student progress reports will be out to whanau in Week 8, and these will give an indication of where your tamaiti is up to with their NCEA journey as well as how they are doing with our 3 pou:

  • Kia Māori,
  • Kia Mātau,
  • Kia Tū Rangatira Ai.

With the government’s focus on attendance, it’s a timely reminder to please either contact the office or Whaea Brenda/Matua Ropata if your child is going to be absent.  Plus most ākonga are doing well either not bringing in or handing in their phones/devices.  Increasingly, research is showing that more than 2hours time on a phone a day can impact a young person’s brain….and that’s not taking into account the negative content on social media.

We recommend that whanau monitor and reduce time on phones/social media.  We will provide more info on this over time.

Naku, na Whaea Brenda


Kia Ora Whanau

I hope you are keeping warm and dry during Ngahuru = Autumn.

Whooping cough, flu, colds, and sore throats are the common illnesses around at this time.

If you have any concerns about your tamariki health, please speak to Whaea Karlene at Paenuku or Whaea Kerrian at Tuakana, who can contact our nurses. They may be able to awhi or refer you.

In an emergency dial 111 or for major health issues or go to your GP, White Cross or A & E.  It’s better to get on top of our health issues before they worsen.

NEW NURSES – We have two new Public Health nurses who Whaea Melinda will be bringing in to meet with us.  Sarah and Madi, will be starting soon to oversee our in-kura general care for of our 5–12-year-olds ākonga at Paenuku.

A big MIHI to Whaea Melinda, for all you have done for us here at Paenuku.


Head lice are always about, so please check your tamariki hair. Scabies have been a hoha in a few schools recently, keep an eye out

Na Whaea Karlene

Leadership Academy of A Company

Make sure you follow the Leadership Academy of A Company Facebook page for all the updates and photos of this outstanding haerenga.

Leadership Academy Facebook Page


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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 

Important Dates

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