Te Matatini 2023

We are incredibly proud of Aamea Walding- King, Whaea Bev and Sally Hopa who performed at Te Matatini in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Whaea Bev our Board Chair and her daughter Aamea performed with Ngā Manu Mātui roopu.
Sally performed with Hātea roopu.

Services Induction Course

Our Services Academy left for the Whenuapai Military Base Camp for a two week induction course on Monday. Students will experience what it is like in the Military also experiencing team and individual challenges.

Surf Camp

16 Level 1 PE students attended camp at Matapōuri and Sandy Bay.
It was a incredible trip, all students got up!
Huge mihi to Shane Watts and Tutukaka Surf for creating this awesome experience!

Student-Led Whanau Learning Hui

Friday, 17th March 2023
9:00am to 7:00pm
Interviews will be for 20 minutes per student in Hatea. Light refreshments will be provided in the Cafeteria.

To make a booking:
Go online to https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code/xecft
Contact the main office to arrange an appointment time

Otago University – Hands On Experience

On January 15th 2023 we had the awesome opportunity to spend five days down in Dunedin at the University of Otago for the hands-on programme. We got to experience what “Uni life” looked like; from the classes/projects we did, meeting tons of other students from all around Aotearoa, meeting with faculty of the university and as well as current students at the University of Otago.

We were allocated to a project, one of ours being law. For the law project we went to the police station to learn about the process that occurs there as well as the relationship between police and lawyers. We also went to court and learnt about what happens in high court and district court.

Lastly we held a mock trial with all the other students in the law project. The other project was Sociology, gender studies and criminology. We learnt about some of the social responses to crime as well as crime itself and its causes. We also learnt about social justice and injustice.

We also visited the old Dunedin prison. We were also privileged to have a chance to see what projects they had to offer which we would head to after our main projects. Everyday had something new in store for us to learn about.

Overall the experience we had at Hands-on at Otago was a blast and very memorable.

Nga mihi

Ihapera Tairua-Cross & Danielle Cooper

Gumboot Friday


I AM HOPE aims to promote positive attitudinal societal change around mental health throughout New Zealand, offering hope and a voice to young people.
On Friday 4th November there were activities at lunchtime involving GUMBOOTS. Staff and students had so much fun!


Senior Praise giving

Congratulations to all the students who received an award at our Senior Praisegiving and thank you to all our whanau who joined to support our kids

Services Academy Graduation

Saturday 29th of October marked the graduation of our Services Academy students at St Paul’s College in Ponsonby, Auckland.
We are incredibly proud of them and their efforts throughout 2022.
Students represented our kura with mana.
It was fantastic to see many of our whanau who travelled down to support our students.
Tevita Loto’Ahea was awarded Most Improved and Olivia Bratty was named Top Student.
Huge mihi to Kaha Cassidy who has guided and led the academy with dedication.

Hands On University Experience

Congratulations to Ihapera Tauira-Cross and Danielle Cooper who have received a scholarship to attend the ‘Hands on’ 2023 Otago University Experience in January 2023.
We are incredibly proud of their achievement and wish them well for their trip!

Scotland Welcoming

18th October our students had an awesome evening hosting the Scotland Women’s Rugby team in Ngunguru with Ngatiwai.

Following is from the 1NEWS write up:

“We’re not the most tuneful, we definitely didn’t compare to the elders and the children when they were singing it but it was lovely experience to share that with them and sing alongside them,” Malcolm said.

“The tribe were teaching us their culture, being so patient with us, teaching us their dances and songs, it was so special but in particular hearing the performance of the local school children was incredible.”

Once formalities were finished with hongi, the team enjoyed a meal in the wharekai and performances from our Tikipunga High School students before taking a crack at learning waiata themselves.