KIA TATA NGĀ PAE TAWHITI!
Draw closer those distant horizons!
Welcome to the Māori Language and Māori Performing Arts Faculty at Westlake Boys.
Te Puna is the centre for the Māori language and Māori Performing Arts at Westlake. Te Puna is also home for our Māori students. Te Puna will āwhina, tautoko and manaaki your son, mokopuna or nephew during their time at Westlake. Te Puna staff and students will look after and support your young men.
Supporting Māori to succeed as Māori is a deliberate focus at Westlake. Over the last 5 years we have developed a strong programme in the teaching of Te Reo Māori and Māori Performing Arts. We are the only secondary school on the North Shore that offers Māori Performing Arts as a learning option.
In 2022 we will be starting a bilingual (Kaupapa Reo Rua) class at Year 9, where students will part of the only bilingual class at a North Shore secondary school.
Ngā Rōpū Te Kauri
Kia tata ngā pae tawhiti
Every student in Te Puna will be placed in a Te Kauri mentoring group guided by kaiako from Te Puna. Te Kauri is to support the dreams, aspirations of our young Māori men and their whānau we want to give strength to, to realise, by utilising Māori cultural practices, tikanga Māori, the gifts of our tūpuna and the skills of our kaiako.
NGĀ MĀTĀPONO O TE KAURI ~ THE PRINCIPLES OF TE KAURI
The Te Kauri mentoring program will be underpinned by Tikanga Māori.
The program is planned and implemented collaboratively with ākonga and whānau to ensure commitment and sustainability.
The program is responsive to the needs of our young Māori men
The Te Kauri mentoring program will include ongoing review and feedback from ākonga, whānau and kaiako to inform program evaluation.
The Te Kauri mentoring program is integrated within other structures for professional collaboration and learning at Westlake Boys High School (Ako, Tātai ako, Ka Hikitia’)
Māori Performing Arts ~ Ngā Mahi a Te Rēhia
All students can take Māori Performing Arts from Year 10 through to NCEA Level 3. Westlake is the only school on the North Shore which offer Māori Performing Arts as a learning option.
Over 100 students have taken Māori Performing Arts, reinforcing MPA as one of the most popular subjects.
Kapa Haka has continued to grow in strength, with our group Te Ihi o Te Rā maintaining its position in the top division at Polyfest for the last 3 years, as well as placing in the top 6 at Te Ahurea Tino Rangatiratanga twice.
The Westlake schools will be hosting Te Ahurea in 2021, the first time this event has been on the North Shore.
Languages are compulsory for all students at Year 9 and Year 10. Te Reo Māori is a popular choice. Students having a knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori will have a special set of skills that are required across all employment settings and occupations.
Te Reo Māori can be studied from Year 9 to NCEA Level 3 and Scholarship.
The Year 9 and Year 10 students who take Te Reo Māori also have an opportunity to go on a marae experience at the end of each year. The marae experience allows students to affirm all the learning that has taken place in class.
The senior students also have an opportunity to visit other parts of Aotearoa on their planned learning experience, where they look at different iwi protocols, traditional stories as well as investigating important issues that may impact on a particular iwi.
The aim of the kaiako is find innovation and creative ways to teach te reo to all our students.
NGĀ KAUPAPA MĀORI
Students have an opportunity to join the many activities, groups and teams offered here at Westlake - The Sports, The Arts, Social Groups and in particular the following activities;
- Kapa Haka
- Ki o Rahi
- Waka Ama
- Ngā Manu Kōrero
We have also had national champions and New Zealand representatives in Te Puna.
Students also have the opportunity to experience international travel. In 2018 students, staff members and a parent travelled to Hawaii on a cultural exchange.
Pō Whakanui Māori is our annual event where we celebrate the successes of our young Māori men and women in the fields of Sports, Academia, Civic Duty and The Arts and Culture. In 2019 our Kahurangi Award Winner, the highest honour, was Mitchell Hohaia.
TE WHĀNAU O TE PUNA
Over the last 5 years, a strong whānau support group has developed, fully engaged in supporting students at Westlake Boys High School.
Whaea Euphymya Lavelle is our elected voice on the Westlake Boys High School Board of Trustees and is she is an active supporter of Te Puna.
The whānau support the learning of our students at Westlake and are an important essential part of the Te Puna whānau.
Whānau and kaiako are looking forward to the building of the new ‘Te Puna’ Kei whea mai!
Te Puna will āwhina, tautoko and manaaki your son, mokopuna, nephew during their time at Westlake Boys.
Please do not hesitate to contact any of the Te Puna kaiako if you have any questions about enrolment, subject choices, learning support, sports and activities.
No reira whakapaatu mai! Contact us!
Whaea Clare Nasey Te Pouarahi Māori
Dean of Māori students
Matua Johnny Waititi Te Pouarataki o Te Kaupapa Reo Ruai
Leader of the Bilingual Programme
Matua Jordan Tua Te Pouarataki o Te Kaupapa Auraki
Leader of the Mainstream Programme
Whaea Euphymya Lavelle Board of Trustees Member