Once each term a group of parents and school staff meet whose main aim is to support and lift achievement of Māori students.

We try to do this by supporting whanau, students and the school. For example, we hold information evenings about NCEA to help parents, and students, understand NCEA. We seek views of whanau and students about school, their needs and future goals and work through ideas to address these.  We support the kapa haka and te reo teachers, support school Matariki activities and the student end of year prize giving events.  And we are currently working on an online te reo resource for WHS students and whanau.

We would like to invite all whanau to come along, meet other parents and members of the school staff. Everyone is welcome. The meetings are interesting and organised, but there is no obligation to take part, or to put your hand up for activities. We try to identify and carry out activities that will be valuable to whanau, students and the school to raise student achievement.

In any one year, around 17% of the Wellington High School roll is Māori. In addition both Māori and non-Māori students take part in activities such as kapa haka and learning te reo. We are very keen to do our best to support these students and these activities.

Maori Student Achievement

Latest Whanau Hui Minutes

Wellington High School
Te Kura Tuarua o Taraika ki Pukeahu
Whanau Hui : Term 2 2018
21 May 2017

Kapa Haka:

  • Need kapa haka tutors. Ideally needed by end of this term (term 2). Kapa haka competitions are early 2019 (adults) and mid 2019 (regionals). School would like to get a head start on preparations so looking for tutors now. Prospective Kapa Haka tutors please contact: Charlene at school office.
  • Two students will take part in Manu Korero (late June) so songs and singers will be needed to support these students.

Project Taraika:

  • Discussion of future works:
    • Outside/front exterior and bargeboards
    • Doorway and above window
    • Interior
  • Charlene to identify contact to decide story/korero for design and forward to Crane to prepare plan of work.

Bilingual School Signage Project

  • The school needs a new way-finding system. Dominic (principal) will put together a team to manage this project, prepare plan.
  • A subcommittee at hui volunteered to work on the translation of text/names to te reo Maori.

Te Ao Maori Course:

  • This is a universal full year course for year 9 students. Two hours per week. A core subject. Exam at year end.
  • Anna (teacher) reported that this course is going well. This term a language and art focus. The course will be evaluated, in terms of its success, throughout the year.
  • The course would like to hear from film work contacts. Film industry workers please contact: Whakamarurangi (Languages teacher).


Ariana informed the group about a video that would be beneficial for teaching about the New Zealand wars. She described the video as very good and that it would be good to inform the school community about it. Perhaps community could be informed via school website or te whanau a Taraika page on the website. Dominic will identify how to inform community about this.

Anyone, family, friend or staff, interested in attending whanau hui is most welcome. Dates for 2018 hui are below and on te whanau a Taraika page on school website. Come along and share your ideas. We look forward to seeing you!

All hui start at 6pm unless specified otherwise and the venue details will be in an email invitation each term.

If you have any questions about the work of the whanau group, please contact the chairperson: Crane Amaru email: crane@doorbrass.co.nz

Whanau Hui 2018:
Term 3 : Monday 6 August
Term 4 : Tuesday 23 October

Whanau Hui Minutes

Minutes – 21 May 2018

Minutes – 24 October 2017

Minutes – 22 May 2017

Minutes – 27 February 2017


Crane Amaru – Crane.Amaru@weltec.ac.nz