THE MAORI PERSPECTIVE - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is responsible for the Māori Curriculum at Waimauku School?
Qualifications: Certificate in Te Kunenga o te Reo Levels 3-4, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, December 2018; Certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori Levels 1-2, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, December 2017
Who teaches te reo?
Whaea Ihapera teaches the Year 1-4 classes, and Matua Arapeta teaches the Year 5-8 classes. Classroom teachers follow up on the tutor sessions, and use te reo incidentally, throughout the day.
What Māori events are celebrated?
Matariki, Te Wiki ō te Reo Māori, New whanau pōwhiri
What are the whanau hui?
An opportunity for whanau to get together and share thoughts and ideas. Held once a term in the evening.
Who is the Māori representative on the BOT?
Thomas Nehemia was co-opted onto the Board of Trustees as a result of an election which was held in 2019.
Who runs Kapa Haka?
Year 1 and 2 classes run on a rotation by school staff.
Year 3 and 4 classes enjoy kapa haka on a rotational basis during term1 so every student can have the experience of kapa haka. From term 2 onwards, Matua Arapeta takes those year 3 and 4 students who wish to continue with kapa haka.
Year 5 to 8 kapa haka is an opt-in group and is run by Matua Arapeta
Who can join?
Any students from Years 5, 6, 7, 8 who are interested in representing our kura.
Is there a t-shirt?
Yes, we introduced kapa haka T-shirts in 2015. They are available to purchase via Kindo or in the office. T-shirts cost $15. Every year we do one order of hoodies in term 2. Hoodies cost $35
What is the uniform?
Our uniforms are created by Kanikani Kids. The uniform style (black, red, and white piupiu, sash, and headband) was chosen by Diane Rawlinson who started kapa haka at Waimauku School in 2004 and we have chosen to keep this uniform as a token of respect for all that she did for Maori culture during her time at our school.
When do they practise?
Year 3-4 kapa haka and the Year 5-8 kapa haka have separate practices, but both are held on Mondays.
When do they perform?
Termly powhiri to welcome new whanau, Kaipara Festival, end of year assemblies, and community events throughout the year.
Does my child have to be Māori to join kapa haka?
Absolutely not. At Waimauku School we accept everyone into kapa haka. We pride ourselves on being inclusive, and welcome anyone who has a passion for Maori culture into our rōpu.