Te Ao Māori

Recognition of Cultural Diversity

Ngākuru School celebrates New Zealand's growing cultural diversity, and strives to ensure that all students feel culturally safe and valued. We aim to create a learning environment that is caring, inclusive, cohesive, and attends to the cultural and linguistic diversity of our students. We appreciate that students may identify with more than one cultural group. 

"The curriculum reflects New Zealand’s cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all its people." The New Zealand Curriculum, p. 9

Our school community has families from many nationalities and cultural backgrounds. 

Recognising and celebrating cultural diversity

We recognise, value, and celebrate the different cultures represented within our school and wider community, in a variety of ways. Examples include:


We respect the unique position of Māori as tangata whenua (the indigenous people) of New Zealand and te reo Māori (Māori language) as an official New Zealand language.

“The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the bi-cultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.” The New Zealand Curriculum, p. 9

Te Tiriti o Waitangi for more about our commitment to the principles of the Treaty.

Improving Educational Outcomes for Māori Students for how we promote, monitor, and report on Māori student achievement.

We foster Māori culture through:

If whānau request a higher level of Māori education, staff and whānau will discuss and explore options such as:

We respect the place of the Pasifika people and culture in New Zealand and foster it through integrating Pasifika into curriculum areas, where appropriate.

We have considered the Pasifika Education Plan (PEP) 2013–2017, and its significance for our school. We support its vision to see "five out of five Pasifika learners participating, engaging, and achieving in education, secure in their identities, languages and cultures and contributing to Aotearoa New Zealand’s social, cultural and economic well-being".

We foster Pasifika culture through fono evenings, and our Pasifika culture group.


We have Matua Grant coming to school every Thursday to help us with Māori Tikanga and Kapa Haka. Teachers work closely with him to revise and update our current pedagogy in culturally responsive practices in line with Ka Hikitia – Managing For Success - The Maori Education Strategy and Tataiako - Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Maori Learners.

Respecting and valuing Ngakuru School’s cultural diversity is the key to being culturally responsive with school wide and classroom programs that reflect and respect cultural similarities and differences.