Te Kura Māori o Porirua

(04) 235 9617 n.andrews@kura-porirua.school.nz 392 Warspite Ave, Ascot Park, Porirua 5024


Vision, mission, values

Our Graduates

By year 13, our graduates are confident, articulate speakers and writers of Te Reo Māori and English. They will be leaders – confident in Māori and non-Māori settings both nationally and internationally. They are motivated learners with the skills and abilities to pursue their own self-determined pathways towards successfully following their passions. 

By working together as a whānau we believe the graduates of our kura will be . . .

  • Articulate and socially aware of their community 
  • Responsible future leaders for their own Iwi, Hapū and Whānau
  • Role models of holistic excellence 
  • Able to reach their career aspirations
  • Life-long learners
  • Global citizens able to maintain a world view

We take a holistic view of our students  

  • Te Taha Hinengaro 
- Mental & Emotional wellbeing - self-confidence
  • Te Taha Wairua 
- Spiritual wellbeing - personal beliefs 
  • Te Taha Whānau 
- Social Wellbeing - self-esteem
  • Te Taha Tinana - Physical Wellbeing - health

Working together to benefit the students 

  • Ngā Kaimahi - The Staff
  • Te Whānau Whānui 
- The Community 
  • Te Roopu Kaitiaki 
- The Board
  • Te Whakaruruhau 
- The Kaumātua Council

Our school will work like a marae 

For us this means that our Kura is a place where: 

  • Te Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori and Mātauranga Māori is part of everything that we do 
  • Everyone is welcome and able to contribute to our Kura 

  • Manaakitanga, aroha, mahi tahi and whanaungatanga are values that we nurture 
  • We operate under a strong kawa

The students come first

For us this means that our Kura is a place where: 

  • Our children feel safe 
  • We make good decisions based on the needs of children 
  • We are flexible and responsive to the needs of the tamaiti. 
  • Children are constantly exposed to good role models

We are all students

  • We take advantage of informal and formal learning opportunities 
  • Tuakana and teina learning is encouraged 
  • Expertise of the individual is recognised and nurtured 
  • We encourage and value risk taking 
  • We all have special skills that enable us to teach and learn 


Tuakana-Teina - The tuakana–teina relationship, an integral part of traditional Māori society, provides a model for buddy systems. An older or more expert tuakana (brother, sister or cousin) helps and guides a younger or less expert teina (originally a younger sibling or cousin of the same gender). In a learning environment that recognises the value of ako, the tuakana–teina roles may be reversed at any time. For example, the student who yesterday was the expert on te wā and explained the lunar calendar may need to learn from her classmate today about how manaakitanga (hospitality) is practised by the local hapū. (http://tereomaori.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-guidelines/Teaching-and-learning-te-reo-Maori/Aspects-of-planning/The-concept-of-a-tuakana-teina-relationship) 
Ako - To learn and to teach
Aroha - Love, feelings
Hapū - Subtribe
Mahi tahi - Working together
Manaakitanga - Hospitality
Mātauranga Māori - Māori knowledge
Te Reo Māori - Māori language
Te Wā - The time 
Tikanga Māori - Māori customs and traditions
Teina/Taina - Traditionally younger sibling of same gender - used in the sense above as an younger buddy
Tuakana - Traditionally older sibling of the same gender - used in the sense above as an older buddy
Whanaungatanga - Relationships