James Cook High School

Ko te pae tāwhiti whāia kia tata, ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina!

Puutake Te Wāhanga Māori provides bilingual and immersion education. The Wāhanga values Māori world views and culturally responsive pedagogy. Our marae setting provides meaningful learning contexts for our students in a safe learning environment.

Our philosophy is made up of four Poupou (pillars) encapsulating the mana and integrity of Puutake Te Wāhanga Māori.

Te Pou o Tuawhakarere

Te Pou o te Ira Tangata

Te Pou o te Ara Poutama

Te Pou o Ngā Uaratanga

Students are grounded in the whakapapa of Manurewa, the korero of our whare and the aspirations and legacy of the people who established our wāhanga Māori.
Students are grounded in the whakapapa of Manurewa, the korero of our whare and the aspirations and legacy of the people who established our wāhanga Māori.
A clear focus on student achievement, academic aspirations and career pathways. Lessons are contextualised in kaupapa Māori and are delivered in a range of ways suitable to all learners. Puutake specialises in delivering two learning pathways: The Rūmaki Reo (9PU) – Our full immersion class; and Te Reorua (9PT) – Our bilingual class. Students are taught using a combination of Te Reo Māori and English across all their subject areas.
Core values, tikanga and kawa are upheld daily and integrated through all aspects of Puutake school life. Students dedicate themselves to kaupapa and excursions outside of school that strengthen their character and leadership qualities.

Kaupapa Māori

Kaupapa Māori allows our students to support our community, our kaumatua and enables them to engage in Te Ao Māori. Students attend tūwheratanga, hura kohatu, tangihanga, pōwhiri and hui Māori. These experiences grow our student’s understanding of Te Ao Māori and develops them as future leaders.

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