Wānaka Ora ki Rāpaki

The intended purpose of Wānaka Ora is to provide whānau of Rāpaki with the opportunity to meet to discuss topics that relate to our collective wellbeing on our marae.

To date we have held Wānaka Ora in April, May and July in an effort to find a process to wānanga about tikanga and kawa practiced at Rāpaki. Notes from the Wānaka Ora held 25 May are available by request from [email protected]

An email or post on Facebook will let whānau know when you can request the notes following each Wānaka Ora held at Rāpaki. The next Wānaka Ora will be held during the October school holidays.

Whānau who whakapapa to Rāpaki are encouraged to come along and get involved in Wānaka Ora so you know what is going on and what is trying to be achieved. Nau mai, hoki mai ki tō tātou tūrangawaewae.

Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards

The Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling as well as collaboration between secondary schools, tertiary providers and employers.

The awards focus on the work of groups, teams and partnershps in English, Māori, or Pasifika medium across four categories: engaging, leading, teaching and learning, and governing. The awards highlight the combined effort needed to achieve improvement, equity and planned innovation.

At an awards dinner held in Wellington 25 June, Nōku Te Ao (an initiative of Te Ahikaaroa kapa haka) was awarded the Excellence in Governing – Awatea Award, which celebrates governance and management that creates conditions that allow leading and teaching to improve and sustain outcomes for all children and young people.

The judges said:
“Nōku Te Ao is an early childhood centre committed to developing te reo, with the principles of whanaungatanga, kotahitanga and rangatiratanga at the core of governance. There is integrity of purpose throughout the operation, and clear accountability that gets things done.”

The awards ceremony.

The awards ceremony.