More than 700 years ago the Tainui canoe moored at its final destination on the Kaawhia coast, by the famous Pohutukawa known as Tangi Te Korowhiti. Tainui Waka carried our voyaging tuupuna whose descendants settled the lands of the Tainui Waka rohe. Over time those same uri whakaheke begat the tribes of Waikato, Hauraki, Maniapoto and Raukawa.
|Ko Mookau ki runga||Mookau is above|
|Ko Taamaki ki raro||Taamaki is below|
|Ko Mangatoatoa ki waenganui.||Mangatoatoa is between.|
|Pare Hauraki, Pare Waikato||The boundaries of Hauraki, the boundaries of Waikato|
|Te Kaokaoroa-o-Paatetere.||To the place called ‘the long armpit of Paatetere’.|
Copy from the Waikato Tainui website.
Kaupapa Māori at Dio is whānau-based and whānau-focused. Inclusive of Te Reo Māori me ona tīkanga and kapa haka, students gain a sense of pride and belonging under the leadership of our Amokura (Māori Student Leader) and her Mana Wāhine Council.
Our school year starts with the whole school pōwhiri led 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 to one of our most famous Old Girls, the late Māori Queen and the longest-serving leader of the Kīngitanga, Te Arikinui, Dame Te Atairangikaahu. This very spiritual camp aims to help students understand more about Kaupapa Māori, which is underpinned by Tainuitanga, and experienced in the very heart of the Kīngitanga.
In term three, we celebrate Māori Language Week, and our annual Whānau Dinner showcases students' achievements and successes of the year in the concept of whanaungatanga.