Māori Achieve

Celebrating our Cultural Heritage

Kaupapa Māori is integrated into many aspects of learning at Napier Girls’ High School. A pōwhiri welcomes Year 9 students and new learning staff, hui are held with parents and whānau and the school boasts a strong kapa haka.

Māori student leadership is actively supported. A Manu Taki is a prefect role of Māori leadership. She is supported by the kāhui Māori, a group of Year 12 and 13 students who are elected by the school. The senior Māori students are trained as mentors for juniors, the guiding philosophy being the ‘tuakana teina” (big sister, little sister) relationship. Māori are also well represented in form captain positions. Through active participation, a sense of pride and belonging has been fostered among Māori students, and this is reflected in academic results. The overall achievement of Māori and Pacific Island student exceeds national averages.

Ngā mihi nui ki a
koutou ngā kaipānui

Nau mai haere mai

Ko te manu e kai ana i
te miro, nōna te ngāhere

Ko te manu e kai ana i te
mātauranga, nōna te ao.

The bird who feeds
on the miro berries - her
domain is the forest.

The bird who feeds
on knowledge - the

world is hers