As the indigenous language of our country, te reo Maori receives a particular emphasis in the New Zealand curriculum. This is because te reo Maori and tikanga Maori (the culture, traditions and customs of the Maori people) are essential components of our national heritage. While they define Maori in particular, they are integral to the identity of all New Zealanders.
Our school believes that by learning te reo and becoming increasingly familiar with tikanga, Maori students strengthen their identities, while non-Maori students journey towards a shared cultural understanding. As such our school has a core commitment to teaching te reo Maori and tikanga Maori.
Our Te Reo Maori Programme
All students receive weekly lessons in te reo Maori and tikanga Maori. Those students who have a particularly interest in learning the language also receive weekly extension lessons to help accelerate the competency in te reo Maori.
As a means of further embedding tikanga Maori, we have three very active kapa haka (Maori performing arts) groups, one at each syndicate level. The measure of the success of our kapa haka programme can be seen in the large number of students that enthusiastically participate in these groups, many of whom are non-Maori. Our kapa haka groups have numerous opportunities to perform throughout the year at cultural festivals, during visits to neighbouring retirement villages, and at our school concerts.