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



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


Pouwhiri Ako/Kaiako/Haemana o Te Kohanga Reo o Hoani Waititi Marae

Griffa Rivers


Amorangi Māhuri - Kaiako - Tau 10, Pōhutukawa

Ngapaki Rauputu

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tuwharetoa

Kaiako - Tau 1, Kura Pū

Maraea Henare

Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui

Kaiako Matua - Pōhutukawa - Reo Pākehā - Kōhure, Marae Motuhake - Māhuri

Timoti Hall

Ngāti Manawa

Kaiako - Tau 9, Maire

Anna Berry

Te Kawerau a Maki

Kaiako - Marae Motuhake (Kohure), Te Kete Uru Ao Te Ao Kani, Toi Whakaari

Krystal Talbot-Wilson

Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei

Kaiako - Tau 3, Kura Weu

​Ihipera Isobella Rameka-Henry

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Hauā

Kaiako - Tau 1, Kura Kore

Tahuri Tumoana

Ngāi Tūhoe/Ngāti Toa

Pāngarau Pohutukawa/ Papā Te Whatitiri / Reo Irirangi / Waka Ama

Marcus Reihana

Ngāti Hine, Ngā Puhi
Kaiako Tau 5 - Rea

Jani Hohua-Hayward

Ngāi Tuhoe, Te Aupouri, Waikato

Amorangi Kōhungahunga, Kaiako Kura More