About us

Our Makaraka Mihi/Pepeha...

Ko Waipura te maunga Waipura is the mountain

Ko Taruheru te awa Taruheru is the river

Ko Te Whanau a Iwi te hapu Te Whanau a Iwi the sub-tribe

Ko Te Aitanga a Mahaki te iwi Te Aitanga a Mahaki the tribe

Ko Putetapu te maunga Puketapu is the mountain

Ko Te Arai te awa Te Arai is the river

Ko Ngai Tawhiri te hapu Ngai Tawhiri the sub-tribe

Ko Rongowhakaata te iwi Rongowhakaata the tribe


Our Principal's/Speaker's Powhiri response...

Tihei Mauriora,

Ki te Atua, tena koe.

Ki nga mate, haere, haere, haere atu ra.

Nga kanohi ora, tena tatou.

Anei matou Ko te kura o Makaraka matou no Turanganui-a-Kiwa

Tena koutou ki o koutou powhiri, manaakitanga me to koutou awhina

Ko tenei te ra, te hononga hei timata kei waenganui i a tatou.

No reira e hoa ma,

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena ra tatou katoa


Behold the breath of life

To our creator, greetings.

To those who have passed on, farewell

To the living, greetings to us all.

We are Makaraka School from Gisborne

Greetings to you for your welcome

Your hospitality and warmth

Today is the beginning of our relationship between us all.

Therefore friends,

Greetings, greetings, greetings.