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 3 2018
6 August 2017

  • Year 9 Te Ao Maori Course:
    • The school reports that the year 9 Te Ao Maori course is progressing well.
    • Because the course is going so well, the school anticipates that year 10 te reo participation will increase (at this stage expected to grow from 1 class to 2 classes for 2019).
  • Further Te Reo Maori Support at Wellington High School:
    • Te reo sessions for staff are now run by Anna/Whakamarurangi every Tuesday morning at staff Professional Development sessions
    • ‘Kai and Korero’ sessions open to all staff are held fortnightly
    • Dominic talked about activities planned for this coming Maori Language Week (week 8). School would like to have a hangi – need people to run the hangi.  Crane to follow up with a contact who could do this.
    • School will post list of Maori Language Week activities on whanau page of school website (in addition to other information/channels).
    • 2019 the school is looking at running kapa haka class in school timetable.
    • The school reports that uptake/participation in te reo has increased over time and that all of the various activities to support te reo Maori and Maori whanau are working positively.
  • Kapa Haka:
    • Regional competition is in 2019.
    • New tutors have been appointed.
  • NCEA Parent Information:
    • Monday 3 September (week 7, term 3) is Future Focus evening at school: 15 minute sessions on various topics including an NCEA “essentials” presentation. Oriented to parents of years 10-12.
  • Project Taraika:
    • Contact still waiting on Ben/Michael Harcourt re stories/korero for artwork, so that art/design work can progress.
  • Bilingual School Signage Project:
    • To dovetail with project Taraika, specifically design aspects. Dominic Killalea will oversee project to ensure it meets practical/logistic needs of school and is sensitive/appropriate to user groups.
    • Needs consultation phase to clarify needs/gaps:
      • CEC
      • Students, staff
      • Whanau/parents
      • Ministry of Education/other records of school building identification
  • Other:
    • Noho: overnight stay for parents/students discussed as possible option to get whanau together, sharing and to introduce information about NCEA.


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 of school website.  Come along and share your ideas.  We look forward to seeing you!

Whanau Hui 2018 (remainder):

Term 4 : Tuesday 23 October

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 Minutes

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