Ngāti Whakaue Education Strategy

Te Puna Akoranga

Mai i Maketū ki Tongariro
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Ngongotahā te maunga
Ko Te Motutapu a Tinirau te moutere
Ko Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe te roto
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Ko Te Puna Akoranga o Ngāti Whakaue e tū iho nei
Tihei mauri ora

Te Puna Akoranga o Ngāti Whakaue is a bi-lingual, iwi initiated early education model. We offer a uniquely designed Ngāti Whakaue curriculum into which Te Whāriki is interwoven.

Ngāti Whakaue tikanga and kawa are the foundations of our teaching strategies supported by waiata, stories and korero passed down from our Kaumatua and tupuna.

Catering for tamariki from 0 – 5 years of age, we are licensed to operate from 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

Moko-Puna Te Ao Kapurangi

Offer a fun and nurturing environment where parents and caregivers stay to engage in their child’s  learning through play, activities, stories and songs that all link to Ngati Whakaue.

We operate in the school term Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9am-12noon

  • Free Service
  • Free Transport

Tiaho Tamariki

If your child is not yet attending an

  • Early Childhood Centre
  • Kindergarten
  • Kohanga
  • Play Groups

Aged 3 – 5 years old

We will support you and your child to:

  • Guide, inform, support and transport you to find and engage a centre or services of your choosing.
  • Find a quality pre-school service that makes you and your child feel comfortable and safe.
  • Enrolment into a primary school and supporting the transition process.


Matakōkiri science and technology wananga provide amazing learning opportunities for our tamariki, rangatahi and whanau that they would not normally experience.

Matakōkiri engages the expertise and resources of science and technology specialists who support this kaupapa.

Te Rangihakahaka

“aspiring to lofty heights”
An iwi-driven initiative for teachers, leaders and whanau building cultural knowledge and understanding using contexts underpinned by Ngāti Whakaue identity, language and culture.

Our Vision is that by 2025 Ngāti Whakaue will have:

  • Graduates who are fluent in their Ngāti Whakaue identity, language and culture
  • Greater representation of graduates in key positions locally, nationally and globally.

We strive to contribute actively to the development of a specialised, productive Ngāti Whakaue workforce.

Skill Me

Skill Me MPTT (Maori Pasifika Trade Training) caters for learners aged 18 – 34 and provides students training towards recognised qualifications in Carpentry, Electrical, Automotive Work Shop Repairs, Collision Repairs and Welding & Fabrication. This is supported by valuable work experience and rounded off with support from Kaiarahi and tutors.

Te Paepae Wānanga o Ngāti Whakaue

Ko te whāinga matua o Te Paepae Wānanga o Ngāti Whakaue; ki te whakapakari, ki te whakawhanake hoki i ngā whānau, i ngā hapū, me ngā marae o te Iwi. Kia eke anō tō tātau Iwi ki runga i ngā taumata kōrero – kia toa ai, kia tū rangatira ai
The ultimate vision of Te Paepae Wānanga o Ngāti Whakaue is to have a Paepae that stands three rows deep supported by men and women from our Ngāti Whakaue whānau. To infuse within Ngāti Whakaue whānau, marae and Paepae a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding of Te Reo, Kawa and Tikanga; who in turn can teach and support the learning of successive generations.

With these goals in mind, the vision of being “three rows deep” can also be seen as inter-generational development – “Drawing from the teachings of our tūpuna, imbuing these within the current generation and continuing onwards to our future mokopuna”.

Whanake Taiohi – Pathways to Independence

MOE Pilot programme delivered by Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake Trust to work with rangatahi 13 – 17 years who have been referred to begin the ‘re– engagement with education process’. It is a multi – faceted layered approach catered to their individual risk factors and personal challenges.

Identity, Language and Culture is a large component in the reengagement process and Whanake Taiohi lead this by supporting whanau to reconnect with their Marae, Iwi, Hapu and  Whanau.

Work is undertaken in Schools and training establishments to assist rangatahi to plan Individual Education plan/pathway. Topics includes NCEA and transitioning into further training.

Ngāti Whakaue achieving aspirations through education

Ngati Whakaue
Education Strategy