Maatauranga Maaori

The land of Wairere at St Paul’s is rich in soil and traditionally was used for growing kuumara and taro. Maara-kai (cultivation grounds) and whare were dotted through the area providing nourishment to local hapuu. It’s fitting that St Paul’s is a place of cultivation and nourishment of minds for students’ haerenga.

Te Haerenga Ako o Te Reo Maaori ki St. Paul’s — the learning journey


In their inaugural year at St Paul’s, all Year 9 students embark on a journey into Te Reo Maaori, a core subject woven into the fabric of their education. This experience equips them with essential skills, enriching their cultural sensitivity and understanding of both Te Reo Maaori and Tikanga Maaori (Maaori customs). Guided by their unique identities, cultural backgrounds, and meaningful connections, students initiate their exploration of the Maaori language through the practice of whakawhanaungatanga, fostering relationships that pave the way for their linguistic and cultural growth.


Senior students of Te Reo Maaori deepen their grasp of the language by delving into topics that encompass both national and global contexts, examining the history and contemporary significance of Te Reo Maaori in today’s society. Their language proficiency evolves as they refine their skills in reading (paanui), writing (tuhituhi), listening (whakarongo), and speaking (korero). Additionally, tauira explore local histories and customs linked to Ngaati Wairere and the wider Waikato region.

Throughout the year, students engage in learning projects aimed at expanding their knowledge and fostering connections with other iwi and hapu across the country, offering them a more comprehensive understanding of the language. Our senior students also explore the art of weaving and intertwining whakatauki (proverbs), kupu whakarite (metaphors), tongikura (idioms), and kiiwaha (colloquial expressions) to enhance the depth and richness of their language usage.

Ngaa Whakairo O Te Kura — Campus Carvings

The Waharoa featured in the centre of our school represents the importance of being willing to enter a space of not knowing when it comes to learning and personal growth.

Also in the heart of the school are three pou. Waka Maumahara and Tiki Wananga. The three-piece carving encapsulates the values and aspirations of St Paul’s and is a reminder of the interconnected beliefs and values of the school. They represent our learning journeys and how they are impacted and shaped by values, beliefs and people.