Te Whānau Pounamu

Tōku Reo toku ohooho

Tōku reo toku mapihi maurea

Tōku reo tōku whakakai marihi

Ahakoa he iti, he iti Pounamu



Kaihautū: Mary-Jane Thompson (R18) Kaiako: Pare Hopa (R17), Michael August Sutherland (R19)

Kaiwhakahaere Tari: Debra McIntyre



E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā waka, nei rā te mihi maioha ki a koutou.

KO WAI MĀTOU?

E noho ana mātou ki ngā rekereke o te Ipu o Mataoho, ki te papa tākaro ā ngā tūrehu ki te riu o Maunga Whau, ki Te Whenua o ngā Kīngi, Te Pito o Tāmaki Makaurau. Ka whakakākāhutia ngā tamariki i te korowai Reo Māori me ōna tikanga kia noho, kia mau hoki i tōna ake tuakiritanga. Ko wai mātou? Ko Te Whānau Pounamu, Te Kura Takawaenga o Kōwhai.

I te tau 1991 i whakatū Te Whānau Pounamu ki te Kura Takawaenga o Kōwhai hei akomanga reo rua. I te tau 2002 i panonitia kia rūmaki reo Te Whānau Pounamu. Ki reira i hua mai ngā akomanga e toru. Ko Pou Herenga Waka, Pou Manaaki,a, ko Pou Tū Arahi.

“Ahakoa he iti, he iti māpihi pounamu”

KO WAI MĀTOU?

Te Whānau Pounamu was first established as a bilingual class in 1991. This class later developed a Rūmaki Reo class in 1993 due to the higher levels of competency in Te Reo Māori, most of whom were graduates of Ngā Kohanga Reo. In 1996 a second class ‘reorua’ was established. 2002 saw the third class established in response to the community demands. We now have 3 rūmaki reo classes which continue to respond to the needs and aspirations of our whānau whānui.

Te Whānau Pounamu is a parallel pathway of learning that is underpinned by Tikanga Māori which is delivered through Te Reo Māori. Graduates of Whānau Pounamu are empowered culturally with a strong sense of identity and are competent, confident and connected lifelong learners.

“Ahakoa he iti, he iti māpihi pounamu”

The above whakataukī focuses on the nature of each of our tamariki and refers to the singular beauty and immense value of even the tiniest piece of fine greenstone.

WHAKAURUTANGA: ENROLMENT CRITERIA

All applicants are invited to an interview. This process ensures understanding and commitment prior to acceptance into Te Whānau Pounamu.

NGĀ WHAKARITENGA: TE WHĀNAU POUNAMU ORGANISATION

The daily routines and protocols of Te Whānau Pounamu are focused on developing our students understanding and respect for Tikanga Māori. Tamariki attend technology specialist classes 2 blocks per week and participate across all areas that Kowhai Intermediate offer. Our tamariki are given the opportunity to take advantage of all special school programs; the gifted and talented program, performing arts, sports teams and curriculum extension classes are examples of this.


  • Billy McCarthy: Principal's Award - Citizenship runner up
  • Orini Ngatipa: Kōwhai Māori speech competition winner and Pū Kōrero representative
  • Mahinarangi Pihama: Girls Chess Champion
Christchurch Remembrance Service at Eden Park, Friday 29 March 2019

Jacinda Ardern Visit

Annual trip to Motu Moana

Pū Kōrero

Auckland Regionals

Goat Island_Large.mp4

Motu Hāwere: Our haerenga to Goat Island

List of Notices Home from Kowhai