Te ao Māori
Waiheke Primary takes its responsibility to uphold the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi very seriously. We respect the unique position of Māori as tangata whenua (the indigenous people) of Aotearoa New Zealand and te reo Māori (Māori language) as an official New Zealand language. At WPS we provide our students with a range of experiences and teaching of the language, customs and history of Māori.
From 2020, all classes will visit Piritahi Marae twice a year to experience the marae and learn about the history and art of the whare and whenua.
In alternating years, the Year 5 and 6 students stay overnight at the Marae (noho marae).
Kapa Haka takes great pride at Waiheke Primary with over half of our students participating weekly in our Kapa Haka group. Students practise known waiata and haka and learn some new ones each term.
We take part in local performances for special events and for our whānau and the wider Waiheke community.
Whaea Maikara leads our group. We also have a smaller performance group for occasions where we can't all fit or take part.
Māori language and culture is of high importance to us at Waiheke Primary. Working collaboratively with Waiheke High School and Te Huruhi School, we offer a weekly extension programme where students from across the island to learn te reo and tikanga Māori together.
Acceptance is based on criteria agreed upon by whānau, and staff at the school.
Ko taane mahuta
Ko tawhiri matea
Tokona te rangi ki runga
Ko papa ki raro
Ka puta te ira Tangata
Ki te whai ao, ki te ao maamama
E rongo whakaira ki runga kia
Tina!hui e! Taaiki e!
Ki taku whānau
Me nga hoa
Me te kai
For our family, friends and food, we say thank you.