#9 Newsletter 2023

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Rāmere, te 21 o te Hūrae 2023

Orewarewa whenua, puāwai māhuri

On the fertile ground of Orewa, the sapling blooms


Competition – Each week we will have a competition. One lucky winner will receive a $20 Millie’s Coffee voucher! It’s simple, just email your answer to [email protected]


Congratulations to     Greydon Little    this week’s winner! 

This Week’s Question/Pātai o te Wiki: What does the kīwaha/colloquium 

“Kōrero mai anō” translate to? 


Have something to share? Get in contact with one of our Across School Leaders – we would love to hear from you!

[email protected] Te ao Māori

[email protected] Hauora

[email protected] Future Ready

[email protected] 21st Century Learning


New Kāhui Ako ki Orewa Website!

Over the last 6 months we have been working to design and launch our new updated Kāhui Ako ki Orewa website. There are resources linked to each of our focus areas, information about our leaders and how to get in contact with us. 

Make sure you are signed up for our newsletter and updates!


Key Dates for Term 3

This term we have a number of important events for our kura.

Kāhui Ako Te Ao Māori Leaders Hui (Thursday 24 August 10am – 1pm) This is our annual hui at Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae with Kereama Nathan. Kereama will lead us through a workshop on a kaupapa of our choice and then we will assess our individual and collective progress against our Rautaki Reo / Strategy Doc. The hope is that all leaders from tumuaki/principals to Māori leaders will be there on the day to learn from Kereama and to continue our progress towards our collective objectives. An official invite and opportunity to RSVP will be sent out in the coming weeks.


Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Week 9, Term 3) This is one of the most important weeks on our calendar and a reminder that it is coming up. We will collaborate and pool resources and ideas across our kura. 


Tū Māia Kapa Haka Festival (Friday Week 8, Term 3) It’s back. This is the first year that Tū Māia has been able to run since 2019. It is to be held at Whangaparāoa College this year.  


Niho Taniwha PD (Thursday 10 August) Niho Taniwha is considered one of the leading books for guiding kura in the area of developing cultural competency, with a focus on our ākonga Māori. We encourage anyone to delve into this taonga and the upcoming PD is a great start Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/niho-taniwha-auckland-august-2023-tickets-439944133747


Matariki Snippets


This year saw all of our kura celebrating Matariki in a number of ways. It was beautiful to see people coming together to make this time special for our tamariki and whānau. Below are photos of some of our kura. More to come in the coming weeks as many kura are still celebrating.

Above: Orewa College Kapa Haka group performing at this year’s Matariki Festival at the end of term 2

Above: Nukumea School students perform the Matariki story for their whānau at the end of Term 2

Above: Silverdale School students flew kites that they made in term 2


Kāhui Ako ki Orewa Website

All of our resources previously available on our Digital Learning Hub have been transferred over to our new website. The resources have been updated and condensed to make things clearer for use and adaptation. If you have any questions or would like any resources sent directly to you, please use the contact form on the website. Link to site


Māori Dictionary Search – Browser Extension

OMGTech! facilitator Geoff made a web browser extension which enables you to right-click on any kupu (word) and easily search it up in Te Aka.

Links for details and install:

Chrome – https://bit.ly/te-aka

Microsoft Edge – https://bit.ly/te-aka-edge

Firefox – https://bit.ly/te-aka-firefox


Kōrero mai anō

Core-rdeh-rdor my ah-nor

Say it again, can you repeat that

Kupu breakdown:

Kōrero = Speak

Mai = To/wards me

Anō = Again


Get your Hauora warmed up for term 3

Get your class to brainstorm and identify words associated with hauora / wellbeing. Include words relating to the four areas of Hauora in Te Whare Tapa Whā. 

  1. Taha Wairua – Spiritual wellbeing
  2. Taha Tinana – Physical wellbeing
  3. Taha Whānau – Family and social wellbeing
  4. Taha Hinengaro – Mental & emotional wellbeing


  1. Fill my Cup

Each student has a decorated jar, cup or glass on their desk.  

Have some slips of coloured paper cut and ready. 

Students can write positive statements, encouragements, compliments, and quotes and place them in other students’ cups throughout the day/week or term.


Here is an example: 



Paul Tucker (HOD of History at Orewa College)  has done an incredible job creating history resources for us to use in our kura. They are able to be found on our newly released Kahui Ako website or you can click on this link for a quick taster of the Year 4-6 resources These resources can be modified to be used with other age groups too, Thanks Paul for the hard mahi you did in creating these. I’m sure they’ll be a hit.  


Year 4-6 History SRA resource cards

See more by clicking on this link: Year 4-6 History SRA resource cards

Check out Paul’s other  great resources on our new Kahui Ako  Orewa Kāhui ako Website

Paul writes: In my time on the Kahui Ako team I have produced a series of history based stories to complement the new histories curriculum. The first tranche of around 120 stories, with literacy questions about some of our most interesting history moments, were designed for the year seven and eight students and staff at Orewa College. These have been in use for one year now. The second tranche was a series of around 50 readers that could be used for the year four to six students and staff in the Kahui Ako group of schools. The third tranche of stories were closer to home, showcasing our place’s past, and revealing the often overlooked mātauranga Māori of the Rodney region. These readers have eleven stories designed for years 4 to 6 classes and ten stories for students at years 7 and 8. 

I decided that in order for the students to better understand and engage with the history I would use a character that witnessed changes over time. I felt that having one key character to follow on a trip through history would be easier for young students. That is why my main character, Wikitoiria Eliza, is able to witness history taking place over multiple centuries, showcasing the changes and reasons for that change. It is my hope that I can build on her story, as long as staff and students find the resources to be useful in aiding their knowledge of our place and the uptake of key literacy skills. 

Staff can download and use these resources with their ākonga. I hope that they can be a real asset in your classroom.

Orewa Kāhui ako Website

Kāhui Ako Hui Dates – Term 3 2023

3 August – 10.00am Wainui ASL – WSL @ 3.3pm Orewa College

17 August – 10.00am Ahutoetoe – WSL @ 3.3pm Orewa College

Thursday August 10 – Leaders Hui 10am-1pm – Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae

31 August – 10.00am Nukumea – @ 3.3pm Orewa College

14 September  – 10.00am Dairy Flat School – @ 3.3pm Orewa College

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