Ngā Rongo - School Information
Welcome to Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae. We are a special character Kura-a-iwi situated in Mangere, Auckland.
The majority of our teachers have been taught here at Ngā Tapuwae and this is an advantage in promoting our school philosophy of “Inā Te Mahi He Rangatira”, meaning “By deeds a chief is known”. This means: enabling every student to reach his or her potential by educating them via their own language and cultural values – Te Reo Māori me ona Tikanga with the support of the local tribe – Waikato.
We have a strong ex-pupil commitment to our school and this compliments a very active parent network, which supports our school via fundraising and extra educational and curricular activities.
The Incorporated Society which the parents have formed is called Te Huarahi Hou and one of their main functions is to provide all students in the Kura with computers in their homes at minimal costs to parents and caregivers.
The school has further support from a culture group called Ngā Tapuwae o Mataoho which is made up of ex-pupils, parents and supporters of Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae. Furthermore, the Kura is supported by the Marae Committee, which holds monthly meetings from 7.00pm – 8.00pm.
Our students are all of Māori Heritage and seek entry into our school because of its special characteristics pertaining to Te Reo me ona Tikanga. At Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae, we are developing curriculum pathways with Tertiary institutions in Te Reo Rangatira, Sports, Science and Health, Recreation, The Arts, Business Studies and the Technologies, while emphasizing a quality core programme and Academic excellence. Extra-curricular activities in Sport, The Arts and Culture are also well supported.
We have classes ranging from New Entrants Year 0 to the senior level Year 13.
Having classes available in all age groups allows Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae to foster the philosophy of whānau. Here at Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae we take the concept of family very seriously and this is embedded in our daily routines, which ensures our students a safe place for learning.
In addition to the usual challenges of teaching and learning in the medium of Maori, our teachers are assisting with the development of Literacy and Numeracy projects for Maori learners. We have an ongoing commitment to develop assessment tools that are conducive to Maori Medium learning. The end result after trialing the programmes for several years will be to have an assessment tool for Maori learners that can be used nationally.