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Te Whānau o te Kākano
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Te Whānau o te Kākano

Originally set up in 1992 by Jenny Lee, as a bilingual unit for the junior year levels Te Whānau o te Kākano is now a form class for the Y11 -13 based on principles of tuakana teina. Over the years, the kaupapa of the whanau class has revised with input from the whānau and community.

Te Kaupapa o Te Whānau o te Kākano

Te Whānau o te Kākano provides a Māori pathway for students and their whānau in Northcote College to draw from the strength of their identity to achieve their academic potential.

Whānau students have a valuable opportunity to be in an environment that embraces all aspects of Tikanga and Te Reo Māori allowing students to flourish within Te Ao Māori and also the wider school.

Celebrating and maintaining identity as Māori in Te Whānau o te Kākano, enhances the development of confident, connected educated Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Te Whānau o te Kākano aims: 

  • To encourage both individual and cultural pride amongst the students.
  • To promote Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori within the Whānau class.           
  • To provide support for students in their wider subject areas.
  • For students to value education and develop a sense of purpose and direction for the future.

We will provide students with opportunities to be involved in Marae noho, Kapahaka and historical and cultural events. The Whānau class will also provide a Turangawaewae that will nurture the students’ sense of belonging and self-esteem.

Enrolment into Te Whānau o te Kākano is not automatic. Each application is assessed and the following entry criteria applies.

  • Student, parent / caregiver attend an entry interview with Matua Stan Conrad and the Whanau Form Teachers.
  • Parents commit to attending at least four Whānau Hui per year in support of their tauira 
  • Students commit to working hard individually and as a group with dedication to achieving their true potential.
  • A commitment to the kaupapa of the Whānau.
  • A commitment to fostering Te Reo and Tikanga Māori.
  • A commitment to active participation in the Kapahaka group.


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