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 whānau, students and the school. For example, we hold information evenings about NCEA to help parents, and students, understand NCEA. We seek views of whānau 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 whānau, 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.


Whānau Hui dates 2019

Whānau Hui dates will be as follows:

  • Term 1: Monday 18 February
  • Term 2: Tuesday 4 June
  • Term 3: Monday 5 August
  • Term 4: Tuesday 29 October


Whakanuia Prizegiving 2018

Ka pai to all our Māori students who received awards in our Whakanuia celebrations this year. Photos from the event and a full list of prizewinners can be accessed below:


Latest Whānau Hui Minutes

Wellington High School
Te Kura Tuarua o Taraika ki Pukeahu
Whanau Hui : Term 4 2018
23 October 2018

  • Year 9 Te Ao Maori Course:
    • School reports that Year 9 te ao Maori course has been successful.
    • School was asked to give a report on the success of the course – to be presented to whanau at term 1 2019 hui. School (Dominic Killalea) to prepare overview/report for 2019 term 1 hui.
    • Year 10 te reo Maori increased to two classes for 2019. Previously one class at Year 10.
    • In addition, 2019 will see separate classes for Years 11, 12 and 13 te reo Maori for the first time.
  • Kapa Haka:
    • There was discussion of ideas for constructing a possible ‘kapa haka’ course that the school could offer during the school timetable, rather than as extracurricular activity. The course would include elements from other subjects, eg music. Further work/discussion needed, possibly a specific working group/’think tank’.
  • Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori at WHS:
    • The 2018 programme was a success and the school is keen to offer a slot to interested parents/whanau who have a skill or subject area to share. Those whanau who are interested should contact:  Whakamarurangi (teacher, Languages faculty).
  • NCEA Parent Information:
    • Andrew Savage (Deputy Principal) suggested holding an NCEA information evening for whanau during term one 2019. This would give whanau more time to understand and work through NCEA with their young people.
    • Covering how NCEA works currently and possible future changes. Duration 1 to 1 ½ hours.
    • Charlene will identify possible date for this seminar. Venue: TBC.  Hineakau if possible.
  • Bilingual School Signage Project:
    • Project is at initial scoping stage including design of sign format.
  • Upcoming Dates:
    • Whakanuia Prize giving: Thursday 1 November 6pm. Venue: Taraika.
    • Dates for 2019 whanau hui will be posted to Whanau page of school website by end of school year 2018. There are four hui each year, one each per school term.

Whanau Hui Minutes

Minutes – 23 October 2018

Minutes – 6 August 2018

Minutes – 21 May 2018

Minutes – 24 October 2017

Minutes – 22 May 2017

Minutes – 27 February 2017


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