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 whānau.

We would like to invite all whānau 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 2020

Our last hui for 2019 will take place on Tuesday 29 October.

Whānau Hui dates in 2020 will be as follows:

  • Term 1: Monday 17 February
  • Term 2: Monday 18 May
  • Term 3: Monday 3 August
  • Term 4: Tuesday 3 November


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
Whānau Hui : Term 3 2019
5 August 2019

  • Election of Te Whānau a Taraika Board of Trustees representative:
    • One nomination received at hui for Lynda McGregor (parent)
    • Next step is to inform wider school whānau/parents, inviting additional nominees and then proceed to election/confirmation (election TBC)
  • Megan Southwell (Deputy Principal) outlined work on a Maori graduate profile, currently in development. Discussed by group.  School will continue to develop.
  • Kapa Haka:
    • Group participated in recent competition. Scored well and maintained high energy/commitment.  Charlene thanked school and whānau for support.
    • Positive feedback from parents/whānau on the group’s performance and enjoyment of the experience.
    • Charlene advised that the key ingredient for kapa haka success is more students participating. Currently approx. 20 members, vs ideal 40 students (approx).  Other parents involved in kapa haka agreed, explaining that the key to maintaining interest/commitment to kapa haka is opportunities to perform.  Further discussed that kapa haka has potential to power other areas of an individual’s life (travel, career, general broadening of horizons, etc).
    • Charlene also requests addressing maintenance/toilets.
  • Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori 2019 at WHS:
    • Mid September
    • Whakamarurangi reported various events planned for this year, including development and practice of a WHS school haka.
    • School hopes to increase timetable hours for Te Wiki o te Reo Maori this year.
  • Wellington High School rebranding:
    • Dominic Killalea (Principal) outlined current project to redesign visual brand of the school; explained the working group identified a desire to see stronger Maori ‘presence’ in visual representation of brand. Dominic sought thoughts from whānau group: particularly on incorporating Taraika elements/Maori elements.  Whānau invited to follow up with Dominic to offer feedback/thoughts.
  • Megan introduced proposal to rename ‘tukutahi’ to ‘herengatahi’, as latter is more suitable to school/education. Group was supportive of this.
  • Megan introduced proposal for 2020 Whānau class. Group discussed and generally supported proposal.  Whānau invited to follow up with Megan to offer further feedback/thoughts.
  • Term 4 whānau hui Tuesday 29 October 2019

Everyone is welcome to attend whānau hui, students, whānau members and staff.  If you have any questions about Te Whānau a Taraika, please contact the school office in the first instance.


Whānau Hui Minutes

Minutes – 5 August 2019

Minutes – 20 May 2019

Minutes – 18 February 2019

Minutes – 23 October 2018

Minutes – 6 August 2018

Minutes – 21 May 2018

Minutes – 24 October 2017

Minutes – 22 May 2017

Minutes – 27 February 2017