Te Kura Teitei o Hato Petera Maori Community
Ki mai ki ahau, he aha te mea nui o te Ao?
Maku e ki atu, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata
Purpose and Vision
To, collaboratively with St Peter’s, develop and sustain a Maori Community that supports our Maori
young men to achieve to the best of their ability
Our Maori Committee acts as a link between Te Kura Teitei o Hato Petera (“SPC”) and Maori families and both proposes initiatives and supports initiatives developed by SPC, to increase the profile of Maori and encourage Maori achievement and tikanga within SPC.
Our approach is based on a Maori concept of “Kotahitanga” which means unity and oneness. This is important to us for three reasons:
That we aim to work in unison with St Peter’s to achieve our objectives
That we seek to build a unified and functional “Village” not only to support our boys during this phase in their lives, but also to support our parents throughout the journey
That we are “inclusive” rather than “exclusive”. Accordingly, our initiatives although developed for boys of Maori ancestry, are for all that share our values and insights and/or who wish to learn more about things Maori.
We currently have six broad objectives:
- Community Engagement: Our Maori Community is engaged with each other and with SPC enabling us to reach out as and when needed
- Exposure at St Peter’s College: Maori is represented in a positive way at SPC Events
- Te Reo: Te Reo is encouraged and developed as an attractive option for SPC boys from Year 10 onwards (following the compulsory period from Year 7 to Year 9)
- Academic Achievement and Leadership: Our Maori boys are achieving academically to the best of their ability. Leadership of SPC has Maori representation (achieved by merit)
- Kapa Haka: Kapa Haka is attractive to a wider group of boys as a positive expression of Maori within SPC. SPC Kapa Haka is a serious contender at Polyfest within five years
- Board Representation: There is Maori representation every year on the Board (1) as a spokesperson for Maori and (2) to support SPC by assisting it to adhere to its obligations to Maori
Desire to be a part of the future of Maori at SPC?
Our Committee is still in its infancy, so this is a critical growth time for us. Consequently, it is also an exciting time to be involved in something that is going to be beneficial for current and future SPC Maori boys.
In order to achieve our objectives, we have a Committee of parents and teachers who work on our objectives. We welcome new members throughout the year and there is no limit to our numbers.
We desperately need assistance in the following areas:
- Communications: Updating the website, developing newsletters and keeping our community informed of initiatives and events
- Fundraising: Developing fundraising initiatives to fund our objectives
- Te Reo: A champion who can explore options around te reo for parents and siblings and working with our te reo teacher to encourage te reo achievement within SPC.
- Events: An event coordinator who can, with the assistance of a focus group, plan and execute events for our wider community.
- Academic Achievement: Someone with experience in the education sector (ideally with Maori) who can assist in evaluating the gaps and helping us to lift achievement in those identified areas.
We need as much help as possible to help us meet our objectives. Please complete our registration of interest form ( Registration of Interest Form) and forward to one of our committee members (as noted below) if you can assist in any way.
- Shelley Kopu (Chair): 021 180 4758
- Kylie Amai (Secretary): 021 739 095
- Scott Allen (Vice Chair): 027 695 9128
No reira ma te atua e manaaki
Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou
Tena Koutou Katoa
Greetings to you all, may God bless
Te Kura Teitei o Hato Petera Community Handout (published 3 June 2015)