Ngā Rau Huia o Ākina
Throughout the process of this journey alongside the school, our wider community, ākonga, staff members, and our Māori Council, this has been a great experience that we have had the opportunity, pleasure, and honour of leading. We have been lucky enough to be able to help in striving for a reo Māori/mana ōrite ingoa for our kura which plays a huge part in the revitalisation and normalisation of te reo Māori. Our school has changed throughout the years. It has evolved into a culturally diverse school where all students and their cultures are appreciated by everyone. Students are encouraged to celebrate with us about their traditions and cultural things they do. By having a culturally diverse school we were able to have the opportunity and support to have an addition to the school name with a mana ōrite name. After many voting opportunities it was decided to be ‘Ngā Rau Huia o Ākina’. This addition to the kura has had quite an impact on both Tahatera and myself. We are both proud Māori students and feel as though having a Māori ingoa for our kura makes us feel celebrated, accepted and welcomed as Māori. Having a Māori ingoa could help students have more pride in their own Māori heritage considering that having Māori ingoa will help te reo Māori become a language more frequently spoken throughout our kura. It may only start as the ingoa being spoken but this could certainly help lead other ākonga in the direction of wanting to learn more, not only about te reo Māori but possibly their own Māori heritage/whakapapa. We believe having this ingoa addition could also help strengthen our Māori students and encourage them to be proud of who they are and where they come from.
We would like to give a big thank you to our kura, Board of Trustees, the community, ākonga and all staff members for playing an important role in this journey with the mana ōrite ingoa. We appreciate the tautoko and kindness they have shown throughout the process to achieve this goal.
Jahvelle Kendrick & Tahatera Apatu
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
We started our week with a special assembly and then on Tuesday our ākonga engaged in Kahoot games and reo Māori tongue twisters during wā kai nui.
Thursday and Friday we had tukutuku and kōwhaiwhai workshops as well as our Noho for Te Whai who prepared the Hāngi for Thursday lunchtime.
On Friday Block 2, our kura came together at 12noon for school-wide waiata to conclude our wiki o Te Reo Māori. (Check out our Facebook to see our students' performance.)
E te iwi - kia ū, kia māia, kia manawanui! Karawhiua!
Purple House Concert
We ended the week with our Purple House concert where a number of students performed and it was enjoyed by all.
Nourishing Hawke's Bay: He Wairua tō te ka
Well done to Aniwa Makirere-Haerewa, Aroha Katene and Unique Te Kiri who presented at the Rangitahi Hauora Symposium hosted by Health HB at Toitoi in August. Raun Makirere Haerewa (Māori Health Researcher at Te Pūkenga) has been working with these students as part of @Nourishing Hawke's Bay: He Wairua tō te kai and received a lot of positive feedback with the audience blown away with how mature the students were and how awesome the project was. Raun even has a person wanting to fund the project based on how amazing the students were.
Senior Te Ao Haka visit Gracelands
Our Senior Te Ao Haka Students visited Gracelands on Tuesday as part of Te wiki o te reo māori. It is always a pleasure performing for our kaumātua.
Last week we held our Interhouse Debating Competition. Thank you to those who participated and a huge congratulations to Purple House for taking out the win for both Seniors and Juniors.
Monday 18 September
- Senior Assembly - NCEA Support / Study Leave Information
Tuesday 19 September
- 2024 Student Leader Candidates Speeches in the Hall - Group 1
- ERO Whakawhanaungatanga Visit
- Selected Senior Māori ākonga Kauwaka Takitini
- Selected Year 12 Students 2-day Lifeguard Course
Wednesday 20 September
- 2024 Student Leader Candidates Speeches in the Hall - Group 2
- House Assembly
- Tautua Pasifika Hub Noho at Pukemokimoki Marae
Thursday 21 September
- Senior Ball
Friday 22 September
- Teacher Only Day
Keep up-to-date with all school activities by checking the calendar regularly.
Link to School Calendar
Napier Family Centre Parent and Family Programmes
Check out the flyer below for more information about these programmes and the other programmes we offer throughout the year. Registrations are essential as places are limited. Head to our website for more information about course dates and a link to register your interest: