Ko Tongariro te maunga
Ko Taupō nui ā Tia te moana
Ko Te Heuheu te rangatira
Ko Ngāti Tūwharetoa te iwi
Ko Ngāti Hinemihi te hapū
Ko Kauriki te marae
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Ngāpuke te kāinga
Tihei mauri ora!
Kia ora and welcome to Te Kura o Ngāpuke.
Te Kura o Ngāpuke started in 1916. The students at that time were children of local families who were either from here or had moved here for work. Since then, the school has seen many children, parents, and staff come and go. The local town Taumarunui, like much of rural New Zealand, has also seen the change due to various issues that have affected employment and the population. However, despite this, Te Kura o Ngāpuke has remained and in 2016, the school celebrated it’s centenary. A fantastic achievement.
For much of its 103 years, Te Kura o Ngāpuke was a year 1-8 co-ed school who operated as Ngāpuke School. In 2015, the school changed it’s status to a Kura Reo Māori (Māori Language School), and extended it’s programme to include secondary school students (by way of satellite with Te Kura o Hīrangi). To reflect this new status the school officially changed its’ name to Te Kura o Ngāpuke in 2016.
The first secondary school students started in 2015. In 2017, the school introduced the NCEA programme. In 2020, the school is now a full year 1-13 school.
The school’s future aim is to be an autonomous Special Character school.
Te Kura o Ngāpuke is a member of the Ngā Kura ā Iwi Collective which is made up of special character Kura Māori, who share common traits such as Māori Immersion, Te Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori, and local ‘tanga’.
Te Kura o Ngāpuke aim is to produce confident, intelligent, and successful young people who are fluent speakers of Te Reo Māori, knowledgeable in Ngāti Hinemihitanga, and Ngāti Tūwharetoatanga. They have clear future aspirations and are qualified and prepared for fulfilling those aspirations.
Waiho mā ngā kupu tawhito nei e whakakapi: ‘Ka mate kāinga tahi, ka ora kāinga rua’
Nā mātou iti nei,
Te Kura o Ngāpuke