About Us

Our school is situated within the Hoani Waititi Marae complex. At the centre of our complex is the wharenui (meeting house), Ngā Tūmanako. Ours is a bustling and active urban marae that serves the greater Māori community in West Auckland. We also have two kōhanga reo (Māori immersion early childcare centres) and housing units for our kaumātua and kuia (elders).

The primary language of our marae community is te reo Māori. At the moment, many of the children who attend our school are children of past students. Before long we will be moving into our third generation attending our school. We are also increasingly attracting past students into teaching positions within our school.

We have well-established, national level kapa haka (Māori performing arts groups) Te Rōpū Manutaki and Ngā Tūmanako in our school community. We also have affiliations with other well-established groups such as Te Waka Huia, Te Manu Huia and Te Rautahi.

All of these expressions of our school community are proof of the vitality of our school and marae. Our tight-knit community is committed to the wellbeing of our people who are set to flourish for the 21st century.


Our History

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae was the first school of its kind in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The kura has been in operation since 1985, however, it was formally recognised under legislation introduced in 1989 which made way for a total immersion, Māori language schooling option for primary-aged children. Prior to being recognised by the State in legislation, these schools were funded by the families of the children who attended these kura. They were motivated by their hope for another educational pathway for their children that valued and reflected their language and culture.

In 1993 a secondary school unit was added at Waititi and other KKM of similar age and experience. The Ministry of Education classes us as a Composite School or Area School, which allows us to cater for children from 5 years of age to 18 (Year 1 to Year 13). In 2016, Waititi had 170 students; 85 in the primary sector, 51 in the middle-school years, and 34 senior high school students. We employ 17 teaching staff and 3 support staff. Nationally, there are 66 KKM Aho Matua catering for more than 8,000 students, which makes up approximately 10% of the country’s school age population.


Our Philosophy

Kura Kaupapa Māori (KKM), draw their name from the notion of schools whose philosophy, school systems, language and ways of doing and being, stem from a Māori worldview (kaupapa Māori). KKM were born from a desire to retain, rejuvenate and develop the Māori language and culture, which were (and remain) under serious threat of survival. They were also established to continue on from the Māori language pre-school option, Kōhanga Reo (literally – Language Nests).

The marautanga (curriculum or knowledge base) of KKM comes from te ao Māori (the Māori world). The kura recognises the need to ensure students are prepared as 21st century learners and citizens. The philosophical document of KKM is Te Aho Matua (The Strongest Thread), which supports the holistic education of the person. It emphasises that for deep and meaningful education to happen, the person’s wairua (spirit) and mauri (life force or essence) must not only be intact, but flourishing.

  • Humanity
  • Language
  • Community
  • The World
  • Pedagogy
  • The Overarching Values

Board of Trustees Structure

The role of the Board of Trustees at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae is to mirror the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the school community and wider Māori society.

Nurturing Māori children who are strong in their ancestral language and culture, and who embody the values of Te Aho Matua to become leaders for their people is the ultimate goal that the Board strives towards.

The Board is made up of whānau members, a staff representative, the Principal and a student representative from the Wharekura (secondary school). The direction of the school alongside the policies, budgets, plans and other important decisions is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees. However, the day-to-day operation of the school falls under the responsibility of the Principal and the Kāhui Amorangi (Senior Leadership Team).

Board members can be contacted through the school office.

Our Principal

A message from our principal

Hare Rua

Tena koutou katoa

Pepeha

Mihimihi

Growing and developing the whole person through the principles of Te Aho Matua is our key focus at TKKM o Hoani Waititi Marae.

We do this through passion teaching and learning.

Our students complete programmes of learning that align to their passions and interests while obtaining qualifications to support them into further study and employment as strong and resilient adults secure in their identity.

Te Aho Matua values and principles underpin all of our learning and activities. Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori are embedded across all learning and activities.

Students learn life-skills in addition to our tailored programmes of learning; making, spending and saving money, business concepts, communication skills, self-care, relationship navigation, planning and organising skills, kai and hauora.

In Kura Tuatahi our tamariki are nurtured and loved. They are guided through various learning concepts; numeracy, literacy, waiata, pepeha, sciences and hītori always through the lens of mātauranga Māori.

At Wharekura, our tauira undertake programmes of learning that weave together standards across subject areas. We contextualise our programmes to cater to our resources, industry need, tikanga Māori, kaupapa Māori, student passion and kaiako passion. Our programmes of learning align to transition beyond kura into further study or training and/or into employment opportunities.

Every student that leaves TKKM o Hoani Waititi Marae leave fluent in our Reo, with a drivers license, a minimum of NCEA Level 2 and the skills and ability to be successful in their chosen fields.

In our 33rd year, TKKM o Hoani Waititi Marae continues to strive for excellence and aims to be innovators in the education of our future generations of leaders.

Te Kura Kuapapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae stands as a beacon for the values of Te Aho Matua for our students, our Titi Raukura and our whānau whānui.

Once you are Hoani Waititi you are forever Hoani Waititi.

Ka tae rawa koe ki Waititi ka noho whānau koe mō ake tonu

Our Staff

Our teachers are passionate, competent and energetic about the subjects they teach.

Currently, every teacher is fluent in te reo Māori. The holistic wellbeing of each child is at the very centre of teaching and learning.

Our teachers collaborate to develop learning experiences that challenge, extend and motivate learners through te reo and tikanga Māori.

They work to create a nurturing and secure learning environment where every child feels uniquely celebrated, loved and cared for.

All of our teachers use the philosophy and curriculum of Te Aho Matua as the cornerstone of their practice.

A full list of staff is available from the office.

Senior Management

Beverly Manahi

Whaea Bev

Nō te tau 1982 i tīmata taku whīkoitanga ki te Marae o Hoani Waititi Marae.

E whitū tau au i Te Kōhanga Reo o Hoani Waititi Marae .

Nō te tau 1985 i tūwhera mai tō tātou Kura Tuatahi, inā te rangi nui i te mea nā te whānau tonu te Kura nei i hanga. Nō te whakarewahanga o Te Aho Matua ka noho ko ia hei tāhu ki tō tātou Kura.

Nā runga anō i taku hiahia ki te whakapakari ake tōku reo Māori, i te tau 1988 i whakawhiti au ki Te Ataarangi i tū tuatahi ai ki te tō tātou marae. E rua tau ahau i reira.

I te mutunga o te tau 1989, i mua i te hikinga o Whare Paremata i tae mai te rongo kua whakaturengia e rātou kia tū motuhake mai ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori. Kei te ture mātauranga 155 ngā kōrero.

Ka tae mai te rongo ki ōku tāringa kua ea te whawhai o Tuakana Nepe, Dr Peter Sharples, Rangi Murray, Sam Davis mā kia tū tētehi Kura Whakangungu Kaiako ā, i te tau 1990 ko ahau tērā i noho hei ākonga tuatahi ki taua Kura kaiako.

Nō te tau 1991 i hoki mai ahau hei kaiako mō te Kura Tuatahi.

Nō te tau 1991 i oho ake te hiahia o te whānau o aua wā ki te whakatū i tētehi Wharekura. Na, ka kawea te tono ki mua i te aroaro o te Tari Mātauranga. Nō te tau 1992 i whakaae te Tari Mātauranga ki tā mātou tono. I te tau whai muri i tū te Wharekura i raro i te haumarutanga o Henderson High School. Heoi, kāore i mutu te whawhai a tō tātou Kura.

Ko tā te Kura wawata ka hoki mai te mana whakahaere o Te Wharekura ki te whānau. I whakaea i taua wawata i te tau 1994. I panoni te tūnga whai tikanga o te Kura ki te Kura Arongātahi.

Ka haere te wā, i te tau 1996 i riro mai ki a au te tūnga o te tumuaki. He nui ngā kaupapa i wheakongia e au. Te whakahoutanga o te Wharekura i te tau 1997. Te takinga mai o te Kura Reo mō ngā mātātahi tau 12, tau 13 i waenga i a Hoani Waititi , Rākaumangamanga me Ruatoki.

I te tau 2001 i heke ahau i te tūnga tumuaki ka hoki ki te ao o te whakaako. Koia te ao mīharo ki a au. Ko taku oranga, ko taku kura.

Te Kurataiaho Kapea

Matua Te Kura

Ko Māhuhu-ki-te-rangi te waka

Ko Kaipara te moana

Ko Ngāti Whātua te iwi

Kua tekau mā whā tau ahau e whakaako tamariki ana. Ka whitu tau ki konei ki Hoani Waititi nei. Ko te aronga matua o tōku ao he āwhina i te whakarauoratanga o te reo me te ahurea Māori. Otirā kia tupu ā tātou tamariki ki tētahi ao tino ora, tino harikoa, tino Māori. Ko te manako nui rā hoki kia puta pakari ā tātou tamariki ki te ao ki te āwhina i te whakawhanaketanga o Te Tino Rangatiratanga me te Mana Motuhake.

Peata Leef

Whaea Peata

Whiria titiro ki Panguru, ki Papata, ki te rākau tū patapata ki te tai Hauāuru.

Kei reira ōku tūpuna e kōhimuhimu ana kia hokihoki atu au ki ōku hapū a Ngāti Manawa, a Te Waiariki, kia tika hoki taku whakakanohi i tōku iwi o Te Rarawa.

He hua ahau nō ngā ringa raupā, nō ngā manawa tīna, nō ngā toka tū moana, nō te ngākau whakapono ki te ao Māori, nō Ōtara-mai-nukunuku. I reira i rongo ahau i te koingo kia whakarewa i te tamaiti Māori ki te kōmataurautanga o te angitū ahakoa te horopaki. Kua tekau mā whitu tau au e nanaiore ana kia mana motuhake, ā, kia toitū te tuakiri o te tamaiti Māori. Tekau mā rua o ēnei kua whakapeto ngoi i roto i ngā kura kaupapa Māori, i ngā kura Māori, i ngā kura auraki anō hoki kia whakatinanahia te whakataukī, “iti rearea, kahikatea ka taea”. Nō ngā tau tata nei, nōku te honore kia kōkiri tahi i ngā wāhanga o te Wharekura kia eke panuku, kia whakatewhatewha, kia wherawhera, kia whakatinanahia te kōrero “ko te piko o te Mahuri, tērā te tupu o te rākau”.

He toa tauā ahau mō te tuakiri o te tamati, he toa tauā kia pakari te katoa o te tamaiti, he toa tauā mō te mana motuhake o te tamaiti.

Kati rā, ka rewa tōku ngākau ki ngā ōhākī nei “mā te Māori, mō te tamaiti Māori”.

Ne'Kol Hura

Whaea Ne'Kol

Ngāti Hine Pukepukerau
"Titiro ki ngā taumata o te moana, tākiri ko te ata." - Kawiti, 1846

He hua ahau nō Te Aho Matua e mahi ana mō Te Aho Matua, ināwhai, koia te tūāpapa o aku mahi katoa. E manawa whakauka ana au ki te whakaako i te rangatahi me te reo Māori. Ko taku whāinga kia mārama kehokeho ki te hunga mātātahi o nāianei, tō tātou māngari he Māori tātou. Ka titikaha kia taiea, kia māoriori, kia māia te tū o ngā māhuri tōtara o Hoani Waititi ki roto i tēnei ao hurihuri hei Māori, otirā, kia tūporehia te reo me ōna tikanga e rātou hei ngā rangi e heke mai nei.

Joni Gordon

Whaea Joni

Ko Rāhiri, ko Maunganui, ko Tutāmoe ngā maunga

Ko Mangakāhia me Kaihu ngā awa

Ko Rīpiro te moana

Ko Ngāti Horahia me Ngāti Torehina ngā hapū

Ko Te Tārai o Rahiri me Taita ngā marae

Ko Ngāpuhi, ko Ngāti Whātua, ko Te Roroa ngā iwi

Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua me Māhuhu-ki-te-rangi ngā waka

He kaiako reo Pākeha wharekura ahau. Kei te whai atu ahau i tētahi tohu kairangi i te Whare Wānanga o Waikato.

Griffa Rivers

Whaea Griffa

Tū ā-tea he kapua ki te rangi, tū ā-tea he Kotimana ki te whenua!

Kua roa māua ko tōku hoa a Pāpā Tīmoti i konei hei mātua me ā māua tamāhine tokorima. I tā māua taenga ki Hoani Waititi kāore ō māua reo Māori. I roto i ngā tau kua ako māua ki te kōrero Māori, me te whai tohu whakaako, ā, kua waimarie māua i ō māua tūranga ki te Wharekura nei. Ko ngā mea pārekareka ki au ko te wānanga tahi ki ngā rangatahi, te whai whakaaro ki te taiao me te tino rangatiratanga.

'He kai kei aku ringa.'

Tamatamārangi Clausen

Papa Tama

Pauline Tahuri

Whaea Pauline

"He ao te rangi ka ūhia, mā te huruhuru te manu ka rere". Tēnā rā koutou, ko Pauline Tahuri tōku ingoa. He uri ahau nō Ngati Kahungunu. E toru tau au e noho mai ana i ngā ringa rarawhi o tō tatou kura o Hoani Waititi Marae whakaako ai. E ngakau nui ana au ki te ao hākinakina, ko taku e hiahia nei ki te whakaako i ngā painga o te ao hākinakina ki ngā uri whakatipu kia rongo ai rātou i te pārekareka o taua ao.

Casey Armitt

Whaea Casey
Ko Hikurangi te maunga
Ko Waiapu te awa
Ko Horouta te waka
Ko Māui te tupuna
Ko Te Aowera te marae
Ko te Aitanga-a-Mate te hapū
Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi

Tihei mauri ora ki te whai ao, ki te ao mārama!

He raukura ahau nō TKKM o Hoani Waititi Marae
He kaimahi mō Te Aho Matua
He toa taua mō te reo Māori
Ko aku kaingākautanga ko te tākaro hākinakina,
ko ngā mahi toi, ko te kapa haka me ngā mahi kaitiakitanga.

Jani Hohua-Hayward

Whaea Jani

Ihipera Rameka-Henry

Whaea Bella

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Ko Tongariro rāua ko Tauhara ngā maunga
Ko Taupo-nui-a-Tia te moana
Ko Te Rangiita rāua ko Rauhoto ngā marae
Ko Te Heuheu te tangata
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Ngāti Ruingarangi rāua ko Ngāti Rauhoto ngā hapū
Ko Ngāti Tūwharetoa te iwi
Tihei Mauri Ora!

Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi ko Ihipera Rameka-Henry ahau. Ko aku wawata kia whāngai i te reo ki ngā tamariki, kia tū hei raukura mō apōpō. He kaiāwhina ahau mō ngā kōhungahunga o Kura Pū. Ko te reo kia tika, ko te reo kia rere, ko te reo kia Māori.

Arihia Rameka Henry

Whaea Arihia

Tēnā koutou, ko Arihia Rameka-Henry tōku ingoa. He uri ahau nō Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāi-te-Rangi me Ngāti Haua. He Raukura ahau nō Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi ā, kua hoki mai ki tōku whānau o Hoani Waititi nei hei ringa raupā i roto i ngā mahi o te tari. 'Mā whero mā pāngo ka oti ai te mahi'

Te Raina Pihama

Whaea Te Raina

Nō ngā iwi nui o Te Waiariki ahau. Ko Ngāi Te Rangi, ko Ngāti Ranginui ki Tauranga Moana. Ko Ngāti Rangitihi, ko Ngāti Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau, ki Waihi anō hoki. Ka whakawhiti atu ki Ngāti Awa, ko Rangitūkehu te rangatira. Ka anga atu ki Te Waimana, kei reira taku tangata a Te Pou Pāpaka, ā ko Tūhoe te iwi e, ko Tūhoe te iwi e.

I whakatipuria ahau i te ahitere, i te uru o Tāmaki Makaurau ki raro i ngā mātāpono o Te Aho Matua. Ko Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Waipareira, ko Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Maungawhau, ko Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi ōku āhuru mōwai.

Kei konei tonu ahau e tino mate nui ana ki tāku e mahi nei, arā ko te whakaako tamariki i roto i ngā mahi Māori. He tino wero nui, he tino mahi nui, he tino whai hua ngā mahi nei.

He wahine kaha ahau ki te mahi i te mahi, nā reira, ka waiho ake i taku tino whakataukī hei ākinga mā koutou, 'Me mate ururoa, kei mate wheke.'

Okea ururoatia ngā mahi katoa e kōkiritia ana e koe. Ahakoa te aha, mahia te mahi kia tutuki pai, kia oti pai.

Anna Berry-Tumoana

Whaea Anna

Tēnā tātou,

Ko Anna Berry-Tumoana tōku ingoa, he whakaputanga tauira ahau nō te marae o Hoani Waititi. Kei te ngākau nui rawa au ki ngā mahi kapahaka, ki te pānui pukapuka, ki te tuhituhi hoki. Heoi, ko taku tino, ko te whakaako. Kia whakataukī ake au i konei... ‘Me he whare tukutuku’, otirā, ko tāku ki a tātou, ‘Me he whare Aho Matua’. E tau ana.

Korowhati Nepe

Matua Korowhati

Ko Te Reo Māori tūāpapa o tōku whare
Ko Te Aho matua te tāhūhū
Ko ngā Heke me ngā Poupou o roto ngā Tikanga
Ko Te Korowhati Nepe tōku ingoa

Jaimee Hall

Whaea Jaimee

Ko Jaimee Paekitawhiti Hall tōku ingoa he uri tēnei nō Ngāti Tū Wharetoa, Te Rārawa rātou ko Ngāpuhi nui tonu. Nōku te waimarie kua whai tūranga ahau ki te Tari o Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae. Ko tōku whānau tōku ao, whai ake i te ara tika. Mauri Ora.

Lance Wilson

Matua Lance:

Ko Taupiri te Maunga
Ko Waikato te Awa
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Ngāti Tipa te hapū
Ko Tauranganui te marae
Ko Lance Huriana Wilson tōku ingoa
Tihei wā mauri ora

E rua tau au e noho ana hei kura māhita ki tō tātou kura, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae. Kei te whakaako ahau i ngā tau 4. He kai kei aku ringaringa, ko te kapa haka, ko te mau rākau, ko te hoe waka me te mahi toi. Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu. Mauri ora.


Victoria Greening

Whaea Vicki

Ko Te Ramaroa te Maunga
Ko Tūwhatero te wairere e heke ana ki te awa o Whirinaki, ā, ka rere atu ki te wahapū o Hokianga Whakapau Karakia.
Ka pūkanakana ōku marae ko Pā Te Aroha, ko Mōria, ko Mātai Ara Nui.
Ko Ngātokimatawhaoroa te waka
Ko Rāhiri te tangata
Ko Te Hikutū te hapū
Ko Ngāpuhi nui tonu te iwi

Ko ahau te kaiako o Kura Weu. Kua whitu tau ahau e whakaako tamariki ana. Kua tekau mā whā tau ahau e mahi ana ki te ao kaihokohoko i mua i taku taenga mai ki Hoani Waititi. Kua kuraina āku tamariki me taku mokopuna mātaamua mai i te Kohanga Reo tae noa ki Reanga Kauri. E whā o āku mokopuna e noho ana ki te Kohanga Reo, e toru e noho ana ki te kura nei i tēnei wā. Kia toru tekau ngā tau e noho ana ahau ki Waititi hei mema o te whānau.

Te Korou Whangataua

Matua Te Korou

Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Tahu

Tērā te kōrero e mea ana, “Ko te manu kai i te miro nōna te ngahere, ko te manu kai i te mātauranga nōna te ao,” engari tērā ētahi wā, me hoki ngā manu kai i te mātauranga ki te whāngai i ngā manu kai i te miro, koia tēnei raukura i hoki mai anō ai ki tōna kōhanga, ki te whāngai i ngā pīpī paopao e hao ake, e whakatika nei ki te rere ki te ao. Kāti, kia whakataukī ake ahau i konei, “Tamaiti ākona ki te Kura Kaupapa, tū ana ki te ao, tau ana!”

Wairua Potini

Whaea Wairua

Waikato Taniwharau

He piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha

Arā te kōrero i rangona nuitia e au i tōku tipuranga. He ōhaki, he āhuatanga i whaia e ō tātou tīpuna. “Ko te whakaiti, ko te whakaiti, ko te whakaiti”. Me kī rā he nui ngā pūkenga, mōhioranga, āhuatanga kei ia ō tātou. Ko tāku e ngana ana ki te whakatinana atu, ki te whai hoki; ko te noho whakaiti i roto i tō ao. Mauri Ora e te whanau.