Hub Information

Te Whai

Students will explore the values, language, beliefs, and stories from the past. Through being immersed in the Māori culture, they will be able to apply this knowledge and understanding to their own cultural identity and place in the world.

  • Māori values/protocols

  • Music

  • Political issues

  • Past, present, future

  • My land, my identity

  • Kēmu Māori

  • Environmental Science

Te Ao Haka

Te Ao Haka is an opportunity for ākonga to engage in Māori culture, language, and traditions associated with Māori performing arts. Ākonga will pride themselves on expressing emotion through reo ā-waha, reo ā-tinana and reo ā-kanohi to communicate narratives.

  • Whakapapa

  • Tūrangawaewae

  • Whanaungatanga

  • Kotahitanga

Tautua Pasifika

Students will explore the values, language, beliefs, and stories from the past. Through being immersed in the Pacific culture, they will be able to apply this knowledge and understanding to their own cultural identity and place in the world. 

  • Pasifika community

  • Identity

  • Performance

  • Languages

  • Customs and traditions

  • Environmental issues

Enterprising for Impact

An enterprising mindset approach will form the foundation for students to develop skills, knowledge, abilities and attributes essential to successful business ventures. Students will explore risk, communication, teamwork, initiative, strategy, leadership and build confidence through contexts of:

  • Social enterprise and changemaking

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Planning and prototype for business

  • Our economy

  • Marketing and brand development

  • Financial literacy and sustainability 

Engineering Your Future

The sort of students who like to know how things work and enjoy building models and then testing them (model buildings/cars/rockets, etc) should consider this Hub. We investigate ideas in a practical way to find out "What happens if...?" Students will investigate and solve problems whilst building their understanding of our world. They will have the opportunity to learn and develop their knowledge of Mātauranga Māori and how this contributes to understanding the world in which we live.

  • STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics approaches

  • Curiosity – your favourite questions are “Why?” and “How?”

  • Robotics and coding

  • Investigating

Building a Pathway to the Podium

In this Hub, students will take a holistic approach to athlete development. Through combining knowledge in sports psychology, hauora, skill development, fitness and strength conditioning, students will be supported on their pathway to become the best they can be in their chosen sport.

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Fair play

  • Sport and exercise psychology

  • Mental toughness

  • Goal setting

  • Nutrition

  • Fitness testing

  • Methods of training

  • Anatomy and biomechanics

Expression Through Visual Arts

Through creative and innovative thinking, students will develop knowledge and skills in a range of visual art forms. Using a range of media and techniques they will communicate ideas, developing their understanding and appreciation of different cultures and backgrounds.

  • Painting

  • Photography

  • Analysis

  • Drawing

  • Printmaking

  • Communication

Being a Kaitiaki

In the Kaitiaki Hub, students embark on a journey to understand and uphold their role as guardians of taonga species in Aotearoa. Through in-depth exploration and research, they delve into the intricate relationships between humans and animals, recognising the impact of human actions on the survival and well-being of these cherished species. Drawing inspiration from the traditional Māori worldview, students forge connections between cultural wisdom and contemporary conservation efforts. From studying wildlife habitats to exploring the effects of rāhui on preserving kaimoana, students emerge as passionate advocates for animal welfare and stewards of biodiversity, committed to safeguarding Aotearoa's invaluable treasures for generations to come.

The Studio

In this practical-based performance course we will be learning a variety of skills on musical instruments such as guitar, flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone and trombone. We will also create, perform and study drama and dance pieces. A wide range of different genres will be explored as we create authentic performances reflecting our views on the world.

  • Drama

  • Dance

  • Music

  • Instrument skills

  • Music theory

  • Improvisation

  • Spoken word

  • Scriptwriting

  • Composition and devising

Being an Innovative Designer

Many things make the world go round but innovation is what drives the world forward. Innovation has been the driver of evolution from the beginning of time. Design and innovation is about making things that are both beautiful and useful; it is a blend of design thinking, computational thinking, maker culture and business. Design and innovation is:

  • Creativity

  • Evolution

  • Problem solving

  • Experimenting and exploring

  • Communication

through the contexts of:

  • Architecture

  • Product design

  • Food Technology

  • Textiles; fashion

  • Media; advertising

  • Feasibility; marketability

Exploring the Great Outdoors

Adventurous students who thrive on spending time in the great outdoors will feel at home in this Hub. Each term, students will be immersed in learning about significant locations within our local whenua, starting with the beach then moving to native forests, mountains and volcanoes, and finally rivers and lakes. Through overnight camps, hiking and day trips, students will learn about conservation, water safety, and outdoor survival skills. The Great Outdoors Hub will enable students to develop a deeper appreciation for the role the natural world plays in our lives.

  • Adventures

  • Teamwork and trust

  • Conservation/kaitiakitanga

  • Skills to thrive and survive

  • Citizens of the natural world

  • Geology and maps

  • Self-reliance

  • Master oceans, rivers and mountains

  • Astronomy

Note: This Hub has a charge of $160 to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and food for trips throughout the year.

Year 9 Elective Options

Below are the Electives Year 9 students can choose from in 2025.
Please return to the enrolment page and go to Step 2 to make your choices as part of your enrolment.

The Great Outdoors

A taster subject to learn about and gain skills to use in the great outdoors. May include, ocean/river swimming, bush walking, orienteering, camping skills. 

For students who don't mind being challenged, getting dirty and learning about our local environments.

Sports Science

This elective will give students the opportunity to understand how your body works and to learn how to train it to be better. Not only does the course help you to improve physically but will also look at goal setting and how to be strong mentally. 

The things that you will cover are: 

  • Anatomy of the body, e.g. muscles and bones

  • Components of fitness

  • Fitness testing

  • Nutrition

  • Goal setting

Media Technology

Media Technology is the use of digital technologies to compose, create, produce, deliver and manage media outcomes.

You will use cutting edge Adobe software and practise the same skills that are used in industry.


This course will help you develop textile art and fashion related skills and knowledge.

Try out a range of different textile art techniques such as felting, weaving and macramé and/or learn to use the sewing machine, read patterns and manipulate materials to create new items.

Design and Visual Communication

Design is everywhere. It’s exciting, creative and ever-changing. Every product and space you use has been designed, from your toothbrush and your bathroom, to your tablet and your bedroom. Design and visual communication focuses on understanding and applying visual communication techniques and design practice to design objects, spaces and systems to improve the way we live.

Te Reo Māori - Te Kākano

Our introductory course explores Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga through the context of identity and tūrangawaewae. Students will be empowered by an in-depth exploration of who they are and where they come from. This course will introduce:

  • Pepeha

  • Whakapapa

  • Mai te kore ki te ao mārama

  • Taku tuakiri

  • Taku iwi, taku tūrangawaewae

Te Ao Haka

This course provides a pathway into Level 1 Māori Performing Arts. Students who are passionate about Te Ao Haka are encouraged to explore this programme. Students will learn the fundamentals of:

  • Whanaungatanga

  • Tikanga

  • Waiata & movement

  • Ko wai au? - Who am I? (Identity)

  • Whakapapa

  • Sustainability


Drama students will express themselves, share their identity, and explore different cultures using the collaborative and creative process of storytelling.

Drama students will explore different storytelling styles, develop characters, begin to use production technologies such as lighting, set design, masks and costume, and use the drama techniques of body, voice, movement and use of space to bring devised and scripted stories to life.


This course provides an introduction into studying Music at High School. Students who are passionate about listening, playing and writing music are encouraged to explore this programme. Students will learn the fundamentals of:

  • Basic music literacy

  • Songwriting in groups

  • Guitar skills including reading TAB

  • Digital composition using industry standard software

  • Performing


Dance students will have the opportunity to develop a living legacy, connecting students to their ancestors and fellow humans. In dance, students will foster strong relationships and a sense of belonging by engaging their whole being, enhancing their thinking skills and unleashing their creativity. Through its repetitive processes, dance strengthens resilience and the power of continuous improvement. Students will go on an incredible journey of self-expression and cultural exploration through the art of dance.

Visual Art

Our Visual Arts curriculum is designed for everyone to develop their visual awareness and explore their passion and identity whilst learning new skills, developing existing skills and refining their art techniques to achieve goals. You will gain a range of skills that will equip you for life and will help inform your future pathways and life choices, whether they be artistic or not. The tools and techniques learned in junior Visual Arts allows you to continue into senior Visual Arts: Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Students will experience:

  • A variety of art forms including:
    -  Drawing
    -  Digital art

  • Cultural arts including:
    -  Toi Māori
    -  Pasifika art

Business Studies - An Introduction to the World of Commerce

People seek to meet their needs and wants and in doing so often face limitations.

This course will introduce the concepts and skills in Commerce from the perspective of:

  • Who – the exchanges and interconnections that place people at the heart of organisations

  • What – innovation as a problem-solving approach to allocating resources

  • Where – businesses making a difference locally and globally

  • Why – equity and well-being for all

  • How – case studies, creativity, decision making

Junior English Language (JEL)

A class for multilingual students who would like support with English grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will also draw upon their heritage language knowledge and cultural knowledge in this class.

Enrolments for this class must be confirmed by Mrs Beatty.

This subject runs for the whole year and will reduce the number of elective subjects taken.


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