All Te Wharau School students learn Te Wharautanga (kapa haka) and perform in the annual Tūranga-nui Maori Cultural Festival.
Te Wharautanga is at the heart of all we do at Te Wharau.
It is who we are and is embedded into everything we do.
TE REO MĀORI ME NGĀ TIKANGA-A-IWI
Te Wharau School recognises the cultural diversity of New Zealand, Aotearoa and also recognises the special knowledge held by our local iwi. Our curriculum encourages students to understand and respect the knowledge and practices of our local iwi. Lessons are weekly throughout the year ensure our students are familiar with tikanga, reo, waiata and mihi. The Board will consider any requests for instruction in Te Reo in the light of resources, expertise and community organisation at the time.
Mana Kāinga is a sense of belonging. It is who we are, where we are from, and how we interact with our community and the world around us. It embraces the five Tātaiako competencies (the Ministry of Education identified cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners) - Ako, Wananga, Manaakitanga, Whanaungatanga, Tangata Whenuatanga.