Te Tiriti O Waitangi

Ways in which we are being inclusive and culturally responsive to our students, parents and whānau

At Kohimarama School we value all cultures by making school learning relevant and effective for our akonga, by drawing on ākonga’ cultural knowledge, life experiences, frames of reference, languages, and performance and communication styles. We believe in getting to know our ākonga  by communicating, validating and collaborating with them to build new learning from the ākongas’ specific knowledge and experience. Inclusivity is very important to us at Kohimarama School and is reflected within our Kohimarama Way Values.

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The photo on the left is from the day that these Korowai were presented to the school to be worn on special occasions.

Korowai are seen as treasured garments worn with pride by a person with great mana.

In 2020 every ākonga, kaiako, learning assistants and staff members decorated a feather to contribute to these Korowai. Over time this will be updated based on numbers enrolling.

The different colours represent the four houses in the school Atkin, Patteson, Colenso and Selwyn.

Our School Waiata - Nga Uara o Kohimarama


We are working with our ākonga to have authentic understanding and value of Te Tiriti O Waitangi.

Te Reo Māori (Language) - as an official language of New Zealand we are teaching Te Reo across the school.  

  • Every week there is a new kupu(word)/ place name or phrase that supports teachers and akonga in achieving success in speaking Te reo.
  • Te Reo is found around the school coupled with English to support our Kohimarama Way and is reflected in our school waiata.
  • Senior students have a weekly Te Reo language session, and complete digital Te Reo language homework 

Tikanga (Culture)

  • A strong Kapa Haka group that meets weekly before school and performs at special events
  • A Matariki celebration week every year around the time of Matariki - coupled with the learning behind Matariki 

Te Ao Māori (The Maori World) 

  • Connections forged between our school and the local marae - Ngati Paoa      
  • Several teams visit the marae
  • These relationships are continuing to be built on and enhanced