Values & Attitudes

Values and Attitudes : Ngā uara, ngā waiaro

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Be content Be humble Be open hearted towards friends and toward all peoples

Along with knowledge and skills, values and attitudes play an important role in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. Values are beliefs and principles that govern behaviour and are deeply embedded within a person or group. Values and attitudes are a key part of what a learner learns through their experiences in their wider environment. The values of the school and the whānau shall be reflected in the school-based curriculum. This summarises some of the most important values and attitudes to be gained by learners in Māori-medium settings. The principles of the curriculum reinforce the need for schools, whānau, hapu, iwi and community to work collaboratively to determine their own values and attitudes.

Individual Learners Develop Values and Attitudes:

  • that provide confidence through integrity, generosity of spirit and peacefulness;
  • which give a clear sense of personal identity, a high level of personal awareness and self worth;
  • of empathy and regard for friends and for the school whānau;
  • which lead to a desire to participate in all school learning activities, whether by contributing ideas, reading or listening;
  • which grow an enduring respect for the value of education;
  • of understanding, awareness and aptitude in all learning as a guide into the contemporary world;
  • which help them to identify and understand their own personal values and beliefs.

Knowing Traditional Māori Values:

The learner:

  • understands the values of their whānau, hapu and iwi, enabling access to the Māori world;
  • is generous and caring for visitors;
  • knows their identity and origins;
  • knows their genealogy and whakapapa links;
  • works co-operatively with peers and in groups.

Understanding the Values of the Wider World:

The learner:

  • acknowledges people, regardless of who or where they are, or their appearance;
  • the learner is respectful of the mana and spirituality of each person and each whānau, and their attitudes and values, even if these differ from their own.

Ngā ruma Auraki values


Respect for others, different cultures, language and heritages

Environmental sustainability and conservation

Inquiring, curious, reflective and creative learners and learning

Aiming high, trying one’s best, persevering in the face of challenges

Reia - To chase, to pursue (v) Maori Dictionary

The poutama represents progressive development in stages, aspirations, reaching for more, the quest to realise potential.

Te Whanau o Te Kakano Values

Taha Wairua

● Mātauranga


● Te Aka Matua

Role Modelling

● Manaakitanga

Caring for others

● Tūrangawaewae

Who am I

● Te Reo me ōna Tikanga

Taha Hinengaro

● Ako


● Rangatiratanga

Making positive choices

● Kotahitanga

Working together

● Whanaungatanga

Establishing relationships

● Te Reo me ōna Tikanga

Taha whanau

● Kaitiakitanga


● Whakaute


● Ihu Manea

High Expectations

● Tōna Mana Ake


● Te Reo me ōna Tikanga

Taha Tinana

● Āhuatanga

Physical Lifestyle

● Ringa raweke

Exploring with our hands

● Ihunui


● Nga mahia a Te Rehia

Recreational Activities

● Te Reo me ōna Tikanga