Tiriti o Wāitangi
At Ōpunake Primary, we are committed to creating an environment that fosters biculturalism and the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We take a multi-faceted approach that includes infusing Māori culture and values into every aspect of our policies, classroom planning, assessments, school organisation, and physical spaces. Our aim is to enhance the understanding of Te Ao Māori among our students and building relationships with our wider community. We believe that our involvement in different programmes and initiatives, such as supporting local marae and community events, kapahaka, Puanga Festival, Matariki Celebrations, and integrating Te Ao Māori and local curriculum is essential to achieving our goals. We want to work closely with whanau, kaumatua and kui to make our curriculum authentic.
Each year our students work hard on their Kapahaka, Tikanga, and Te Reo to be able to perform at the Annual Puanga Festival. During the year, the remainder of the school also get involved in learning Haka Powhiri, waiata, and elements of tikanga.