Te Ao Māori

Nau Mai, Haere Mai, Welcome

Te Kura Tuarua o Te Awakairangi (Hutt Valley High School) has a vision to lift Māori achievement and engagement in the kura through monitoring tauira, building initiatives and providing opportunities for our rangatahi to grow.

We have a growing committee known as the Pūwaha Committee who work is focused engaging Māori students and ensuring they experience learning environments that are inclusive and reflect them as Māori.

Te Ao Māori Subjects for 2024

The Te Ao Māori Learning Area is one of nine Learning Areas at Hutt Valley High School. The following Te Ao Māori subjects are available to study in 2024:

  • Te Reo Māori in Years 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13
  • Te Ao Haka in Years 10-13
  • Te Āra in Year 11-13
  • Māori Creative Arts (Toi) at NCEA Levels 2 & 3 for students in Years 12 & 13

Outside of the classroom learning opportunities include:

  • Māori Student Leadership Days
  • Ngā Manu Kōrero Speech Competition
  • Kapa Haka

For more information on the contact Deputy Principal, Grace Wright at grace.wright@hvhs.school.nz

Te Ao Māori Subject Descriptions

Māori Creative Arts (Toi) – this course is based around practical work and is tailored to suit the classes interests and experience.  This toi may include exploring traditional patterns, preparing and using harakeke, performing whakaraka and carving and playing taonga pūoro.

Te Āra – focuses on developing Te Ao Māori through the exploration of Māori concepts, issues and practices.  Students will gain unit standards at Level 1, 2 or 3, depending on a student’s prior learning, individual strengths, experiences and interests. The course will be based in Hotuwaipara, the school marae. Potential fields of study for this course may include: tikanga, manaaki marae, Māori tourism, mau rākau and ngā mahi ā te whare pora.

Te Ao Haka (formerly Māori Performing Arts) – explores the art of Kapa Haka and gives insight into Māori culture and traditions. Students will learn about performance skills, performance production, other toi practitioners, rangahau (research), and the history, tikanga and cultural practices relating to toi.

Te Reo Māori – Students in Years 9-13 studying Te Reo Māori will develop skills in listening, reading, writing, speaking and interacting. Students also study the traditional and contemporary Maori culture of Aotearoa including the Marae and the lifestyle, customs and traditions, history and food, and the creativity of Māori culture through waiata, haka and the arts.

Learning opportunities outside the classroom

Māori Student Leadership Days

These days focus on building our tauira into engaged and active members of the community. Breakouts throughout these days can focus on leadership, mentoring (tuakana-teina), resilience, perseverance and planning events for the kura. Tauira has the opportunity to engage with many kaiako and facilitators throughout these days. Hutt Valley High School aims to hold one of these per term.

For more information on the contact Deputy Principal, Grace Wright at grace.wright@hvhs.school.nz

Kapa Haka

Te Rōpū Kapa Haka o Te Awakairangi is the Hutt Valley High School Kapa Haka. The group is comprised of students from Year 9-13 and is open to all students from all cultures. For more information, please contact Krystal Clarke at krystal.clarke@hvhs.school.nz

Rauemi, Resources

Our Waiata

E Tipu was composed in 2017 by students Tane Rolfe, Grace Tafili, Meli Pitolua and Gian Domdom. The words were selected by Ben Ngaia.

Our Haka

Moe Araara was composed by former HVHS student Ben Ngaia and choreographed by the students of HVHS.

Watch one of the first public performances of the HVHS haka and waiata here

Download a copy of Moe Araara and E Tipu (PDF)

Learning Areas & Subjects