Te Kura Māori o Porirua

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


Ngā Kōrero History

Te Kura Māori o Porirua is a total immersion kura established in 2001 under Section 156 of the Education Act 1989. It is a decile 3, designated Special Character Composite School affiliated to Ngā Kura ā-Iwi.

Ngāti Toa Rangatira - Mana Whenua

Established with the blessing of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, the whānau whānui and iwi enjoy a partnership to meet the educational and cultural needs of tamariki primarily living within the Porirua region. From a roll of 55, Year 1-8 children in 2001, the kura continues to grow with a current grading roll of approximately 250 pupils.

Mātāpono Principles

In consultation with our whānau whānui, staff and students our kura developed four founding mātāpono (principles):
  • Kaitiakitanga - Guardianship
  • Whānaungatanga - Relationship, kinship
  • Whai wāhitanga - Opportunities and participation
  • Rangatiratanga - Autonomy, independence and educational wellbeing

Whakataukī School Motto

In 2004, Te Kura Māori o Porirua adopted a Ngāti Toa Rangatira whakataukī to reflect these principles

He Kura te Tangata

Together with our stakeholders, we have also developed:
  • a graduate profile for our Tau 13 graduates 
  • our kura Marau (our curriculum document)
  • our strategic and annual plans
These documents provide the kura with a framework for teaching, learning, assessing and reporting.

Ngā Kura ā-Iwi o Aotearoa

Te Kura Māori o Porirua is affiliated with Ngā Kura ā-Iwi, as such we are committed to recognising and valuing Ngāti Toa Rangatira as the mana whenua of this region and the iwi identities of all of our students.

“E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea”

My iwi Māori identity will not fade, it is derived from my revered ancestors through genealogy, passed down from generation to generation, and lives on in myself and my descendants.

Ngā Kura ā-Iwi o Aotearoa is a constituted body that represents and supports tribal schools.   Kura identify themselves using the term iwi (literally bones) to denote students descent from their eponymous ancestors. Kura ā-Iwi are a collective of state funded Māori Medium Language immersion tribal schools. They comprise a mix of: Primary schools - Years 1 - 8 Composite Schools - Years 1 - 13 Intermediate/Secondary schools - Years 7 -13 Secondary schools - 7 -13 For further information about Ngā Kura ā-Iwi o Aotearoa Information Booklet