Hapaitia te ara tika pumau ai te rangatiratanga mo nga uri whakatipu

Foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future”

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Kia ora Whanau

It has been an extremely busy final term as we wind down our operations as a Kura Hourua, Partnership School and re-build as a Designated Character Kura. We have had many challenges along the way but are proud of how well our akonga have coped. Of significance was last week’s graduation dinner and ball, aptly named “The Last Stand”. We farewelled our graduating class of 2018 and sincerely wish them and all leaving students well for their future.

A huge congratulations to Hoana Te Aika, successfully appointed as Pouhere for 2019 at Te Kāpehu Whetū(Teina). Hoana has led and grown our kura teina from its inception in 2015, successfully transitioning the kura from a bilingual to a thriving full immersion kura in 2016.

We are also very pleased to announce, that after a long search we have appointed Lindsay Dunn as our Pouhere starting in 2019 at Te Kāpehu Whetū (Tuakana). Lindsay comes to us after three years as the Principal of Otorohanga High School in the Waikato following seven years as the Deputy Principal of Tikipunga High School. Lindsay is OT born and breed and we welcome him back home to Tai Tokerau.

Our Pouhere and their teaching teams will be strongly supported by the Establishment Board of Trustees and a very skilled experienced group of senior staff all selected due to their committment to our kaupapa and their ability to maintain and grow our kaupapa under the Designated Character Kura banner.

Na reira, naku na,

Raewyn Tipene
Pouwhakarae (CEO)



Te Kāpehu Whetū 2018 Graduates

Senior Graduation Dinner & Ball 29 November

What a wonderful evening attended by our senior akonga, staff and whanau. We were also honoured to have the attendance of the Assoc. Minister of Education Kelvin Davis, a long time supporter of the Academy and Te Kāpehu Whetū.

Graduation Highlights

Taonga Tuku Iho 2018

Kia Māori

Te Pou Māori Pae Tuatoru Māreikura 2018
Waimahana Henare

Te Pou Māori Pae Tuatoru Tāne 2018
Geormas Phillips-Brown

Kia Mātau

Te Pou Mātau Pae Tuatahi 2018 (1st in Y11)
Cassidy Nelson

Te Pou Mātau Pae Tuarua 2018 (1st in Y12)
Kayla Timms

Te Pou Kia Mātau Pae Tuatoru – Te Tuarua 2018 (Proxime Accessit, Runner-Up to the Dux)
Hinemaia Uruamo-Taiaki

Te Pou Mātau Pae Tuatoru – Te Wero o Tānenuiārangi 2018 (Dux)
Kaya Bryers


Whakaihuwaka-ā-Nuku 2018 (Sportswoman of the Year)
Hinemaia Uruamo-Taiaki

Whakaihuwaka-ā-Rangi 2018 (Sportsman of the Year)
Kewene Edmonds

2019 Head Boy
Tetahi Eruera

Kia Mātau
Josiah Gotty-Connelly Kayla Timms

Kia Tū

Kia Tū Rangatira Ai Māreikura 2018
Hadassah Wharawhara

Kia Tū Rangatira Ai Tāne 2018
Te Aranga Hopa

Pouarahi 2019

2019 Head Girl
Tasha Perrett

Kia Māori

Te Hurinui Retimana Memory Matete

Kia Tū

Tui Pere-Epiha
Mark Komene-Stowers Ngahuia Cooper

Kia Mātau

2019 New Enrolments Now Open

“One Kaupapa……Two Kura……Four whare”

Our two kura, Te Kāpehu Whetū – Teina (year 1 – 8) and Te Kāpehu Whetū – Tuakana (year 9 – 13), set as its foundation, Te Reo me Ōna Tikanga of Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu and its history. We adhere to Te Tirīti O Waitangi and the rights accorded us with particular reference to Article 3, granting us the rights of citizenship affirmed by the men of the 28 (Māori) Battalion, who paid the ultimate price for that citizenship. This serves as the korowai for our kura, sustained by our three pou:

Kia Māori – Be Māori, Kia Mātau – Be Educated, Kia Tū Rangatira Ai – Be Rangatira

As we look out metaphorically, to uncharted waters, new horizons and a new year we have decided to open for a limited number of enrolments in our kura tuakana (Year 9-13) only. Over the last 5 years we have set a strong course for ourselves and we now look to raise the bar.

We invite applications from whanau and ākonga who are:

  • Committed to our Kaupapa
  • Committed to building capable young Māori leaders
  • Committed to high achievement in Academics and are
  • Already achieving in either Sport, Arts, Te Reo Māori or Māori Performing Arts

Whare Paetawhiti (year 9-10) – is an integrated, project based, inquiry learning to support ākonga prepare for a changing world where collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making are essential tools. Within this programme, core learning in Te Reo me ona tikanga, English literacy and maths and foundation programmes in the PE, sciences and social sciences is part of the overall learning, to ensure wide appeal and capability development. The focus is on building strong academic foundations.

Whare Paerangi (year 11-13) – we have developed an enhanced, focused academic programme.
Year 11 – a broad based compulsory NCEA academic programme with Te Reo me ona tikanga, English literacy, maths, science and social science.

Year 12-13 – A streamed NCEA programme to ensure that ākonga develop strength in a key field of learning, preparing them for life after school plus 3 core subjects Te reo Māori, English Lit, Maths.

  1. Maori Plus – Te Reo, Toi Māori, Waka, Māori Performing Arts, Whakaairo
  2. Science Plus – combined sciences PLUS a choice to specialise in
    1. Pure sciences
    2. Sports science
  3. Social Science Plus – combined social science PLUS a choice to specialise in
    1. Critical Thinkers (pure social sciences incl. history, media, English)
    2. Entrepreneurship (business studies)
  4. Vocational Training: provided by external parties and supplements some academic programming

Additional: Our 5 kura sports teams are – Volleyball, Basketball, Netball, Rugby (7s/League) & Waka ama

Enrolment forms can be collected from the main office at 173 Lower Dent St, between the hours of 9.00am and 3.00pm, and should be completed and returned no later than Monday 17th December, 2018

Kia Tū Rangatira Ai


Congratulations to our taitamawahine and taitamatane that competed in the recent National Junior Volleyball Championships in Auckland.

Leadership Academy of A Company

He mihi nui to the core group of Academy Cadets and whanau that continue to support our fundraising efforts to attend the haerenga to Italy and Crete in May 2019. The plan is to attend the commemoration events of the 75th Anniversary of The Battle of Cassino and to visit Crete to retrace the footsteps and daring exploits of the 28 (Māori) Battalion during WWII. There is still a long way to go whanau so please continue to support the cadets fundraising ventures.

Earlier this week, Academy cadets current and past, attended a hui at Potahi Marae, Te Kao to meet with the Harawira whanau to make a formal request to use the name of their tupuna, Major Kahi Takimoana Harawira, for the 2019 Academy Intake. The hui was well attended by the the wider Te Aupouri kuia, kaumatua and whanau. We were grateful for the opportunity to meet and honoured to hear so many stories about their tupuna, a highly respected chaplain for the 28 (Māori) Battalion in WWII. He mihi nunui te whanau Harawira.

Luke Aekins, Chief Cadre

Kura Information

Change of Kura Hours (Tuakana only) in 2019

As we have been indicating, we are going to trial a 2+2+2 progrogramme next year.
This means the Kura day starts at 9am and ends at 4.30pm.
The mid-north bus will be changed to suit with a programme provided for Paetata (year 7&8).

We struggle to fit everything in that we know adds value to learning at Te Kāpehu Whetū and are always having to compromise one of the 3 Pou. So this year instead of having sports or kapahaka or academy time after school the school day is extended 1 hour allowing us to fit. This doesn’t mean we wont ever have after school training, especially as we approach key dates, but it does lessen the impact on the overall programme.

2+2+2 Detail:
Our day will run 2hours +break+ 2hours +break+ 2hours. At this point we envisage that the first 4hours is dedicated to Kia Mātau (academic learning) giving us 20 hours, which is plenty. The last 2hours allows us time to have kapahaka practice, sports training and high Performance training. It could end up being a mix of programmes, but for now we will keep it pretty straightforward.

First day of Kura (both Kura) Monday 4 February 2019:
The first day back of kura for ākonga is Monday 4th February 2019. There will be a powhiri for new staff, ākonga and whanau at 9.00am, Maumahara, 40 Herekino St.

Below is an invitation to old and current staff, whanau and ākonga to come and commemorate our last day as a Partnership School and to raise our flags. We might be moving from and independent kura to a state one but that doesn’t mean we cant take a moment to appreciate what we have acheived here in Whangarei. We changed the education landscape for Māori for the better. I am exceptionally proud of the impact we have made.

I would like to personally thank our dedicated He Puna Marama Trust team especially Elisa Kawiti, Kaye Taylor, James Nair, Norman Orr, Rose Tipene, Glen Sadler; our kaumatua Telly Warren, Te Warihi Hetaraka, Hori Parata, Rei Tipene; our long serving Academy team Ken Kawiti, Luke Aekins and Gene Tautari; our long suffering support staff, especially Jackie Henare, Kaylem Harris and Christie Jobe our teaching staff, and you, the dedicated whanau who understand that changing Māori outcomes starts at home. Last but not least, to our amazing, cheeky, dramatic, loving, hope-infused hoha kids who have given and given and given of themselves….nga mihi aroha kia koutou.


General Information

Outstanding Accounts

Statements for all outstanding fees went out last term and you will shortly receive an updated one for the term. All overdue accounts will be followed up directly with whanau. Our kura does not charge general school fees, the amounts owing are for school trips and resources. Non-payment of these fees may affect your ākonga’s chances of going on other kura trips until these have been paid in full.
Please also note that as we transition into a designated character kura in 2019, all fees for 2018 need to be paid up directly to our current kura by next Friday 14 December 2018. All unpaid accounts by this date will be referred to a debt collection agency.

Accounts can be paid by EFTPOS, cash or automatic payment as below:

School Bank Account: 12-3115-0093810-01
Particulars: Name of your ākonga
Code:  Sundry Payment

Key Dates & Events

Kura Tuakana

Mon 10 Dec 9.00am – 11.00am
Paetata / Paetawhiti / Cadet Forces Prizegiving Maumahara – 40 Herekino St

Tue 11 Dec 5.00pm
Open Enrolment Information Evening Paerangi – 177 Lower Dent St

Fri 14 Dec
Closing date for new enrolments

Fri 14 Dec 10.00am – 12.30pm
Hui Whakamutunga mo ngā kura hourua e rua o Te Kāpehu Whetū Maumahara – 40 Herekino St Mon

4 Feb 2019 9.00am
Powhiri – First Day of Kura Maumahara – 40 Herekino St

He Whakaputanga O Te Herenga Waka

A roopu from our kura and He Puna Marama Trust were humbled this week to be at the opening of Papa Hekenukumai’s Whare Wānanga and spend the day surrounded by rangatira waka and our tuakana from Hawaii.

Our attendees signed along with many others as witnesses to He Whakaputanga o te Herenga Waka.

Papa Hekenukumai Busby has been a part of our kura from its very first day as a Kura Hourua so it is apt that we end this journey with him as he embarks on his own journey with his Whare Wānanga.