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Kaupapa Māori

“Kotahi te kohao o te ngira e kuhuna ai te miro ma, te miro pango, te miro whero. I muri nei kia mau ki te aroha, ki te ture, me te Whakapono.” 
(Kīngi Potatau, 1858) 

Kaupapa Māori at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls is inclusive of Te Reo Māori me ōna tīkanga and Kapa Haka, where girls gain a sense of pride and belonging under the leadership of our Amokura (Māori prefect) and her Mana Wāhine council.  This team promotes and leads key events during the year for all of our school community to get involved with. 

Our school year starts with the whole school pōwhiri by our Kapa Haka group to welcome new staff and students.  This is followed by the annual Cuppa at the Kura evening for new and existing whānau to meet and greet.    

At the beginning of term two, all Year 11 students attend Camp at Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngāruawāhia home of our most famous old girl, former Maori Queen, Te Arikinui, Dame Te Ataairangikaahu.  This is a very spiritual camp that aims to inform students of Kaupapa Māori and Hauora (Health) and is all inclusive of Tainuitanga.  The Regional Manu Kōrero Speech Competition is also held this term and participants are regularly entered into both Te Reo Māori and English sections. 

In Term three, we celebrate Māori Language Week, an opportunity for the school community to celebrate our bi-cultural heritage and language along with the nation.  Our Amokura and the Mana Wāhine Council prepare a number of activities and events based on the theme for the week for both staff and students to get involved with. 

Our annual Whānau Dinner is also held this term in the beautiful Piki Mahuta Centre (named in honour of Te Arikinui, Dame Te Ataairangikaahu) where the girls share their achievements and successes of the year in the concept of whanaungatanga.  We have been fortunate to have many inspirational guest speakers (some Dio old girls) who enlighten us with their experiences and journeys through education and life. These have included Dio Old Girls Hon. Nanaia Mantua (MP Hauraki-Waikato) and Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Assistant Vice-Chancellor Maori at the University of Waikato.

Kaupapa Māori at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls is whānau based and whānau focussed.  This well-known proverb by King Pōtatau in 1858 embodies the vision we share for Kaupapa Māori at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls. 

“There is but one eye of a needle, through which white, black and red cotton are threaded. Hereafter, hold fast to charity, uphold the laws and be firm in the Faith.”