Welcome to Ngā Taiātea Wharekura
Korōria ki te Matua nui i te Rangi. Maungārongo ki runga i te mata o te whenua. Whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa. Nei rā te whakahōnore i tō tātou Kīngi, a Tūheitia, rātou ko te Whare Kāhui Ariki whānui tonu. E mihi tonu ana ki ngā mate, rātou kua whetūrangitia. Huri kau ana ki a tātou ngā whakarerenga iho, kei ngā mātā waka, kei ngā hau e whā, tēnā rā koutou katoa.
It is an honour for me to be the Tumuaki/Principal of Ngā Taiātea Wharekura here in Tainui. As we look back we are thankful to all of the students, staff, families and wider community who have all contributed to our school and all that we have achieved. E kore e mutu ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa.
Learning at Ngā Taiātea
Nō onamata te mauri. Kei anamata te aronga: We are ancestrally driven, and future focused. We believe that it is important for us to have deep cultural knowledge and values as well as being fully empowered for the future. We are both!
E Puta ki Taiātea: Our vision aims to ensure that Ngā Taiātea students are strive to ACHIEVE (Puta) their full POTENTIAL (Taiātea).
Te Ako ki Taiātea (Learning at Taiātea): Learning at Ngā Taiātea aims to ensure that all students have strong learning (values, skills and attitudes) foundations while also striving to support students to follow their passions and interests.
The Wharekura model is similar to that of a waka that has three takere (Hulls). These takere are;
The Taiātea Journey
In 1996, families associated with local Kura Kaupapa and Kaupapa Māori Immersion Units from around Waikato joined together to establish a Kaupapa Māori secondary school for their children (Year 9 to 13). This core group of families from throughout Tainui and beyond worked tirelessly to convince the government to commit to the establishment of a Kaupapa Māori Secondary School in Hamilton.
Ngā Taiātea Wharekura opened in 2004, and after a successful ERO review in 2006, the whānau were led by the Board of Trustees to further clarify the vision for Ngā Taiātea Wharekura. The discussions regarding the vision for the Wharekura focused on the question, “when my child leaves Ngā Taiātea and therefore becomes a graduate, what attributes do I want him/her to have (possess)?