Ko Otawa te maunga
Ko Hei te Tupuna
Ko Te Rapa-rapa-a-hoe te awa
Ko Takakopiri te tangata
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Te kura tuatahi o Te Puke
Tihei Mauri ora!
“Ko au tōku kura, ko tōku kura ko au”
(I embody my school, my school embodies me)
Nau mai haere mai to Te Kura Tuatahi o Te Puke, where we embrace the rich cultural heritage of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Our Kura takes pride in offering a vibrant Kapahaka program that allows all our tamariki and whānau to come together every Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 pm.
In Kapahaka, we delve into a diverse repertoire of waiata and haka, carefully curated from our local iwi, Waitaha, and Tapuika, as well as other well-known pieces from across the nation. Guided by the dedicated leadership of our Whānau class, Ngākau Māhaki, and supported by our passionate kaiako, Matua Liam and Whaea Liv, the sessions are a wonderful opportunity for our students to connect with their cultural roots and showcase their talents.
Our Kapahaka rōpu, a performance group representing the school, is a source of immense pride for Te Kura Tuatahi o Te Puke. They shine on behalf of our kura at various community-wide and celebrational events. Notably, in 2022 and 2023, they represented us with distinction at the Te Kete o Matariki Community event, earning high praise from the community. Additionally, our rōpu performs at several school assemblies throughout the year and plays a special role in our end-of-year assembly, leaving lasting impressions on all who witness their performances.
We are committed to fostering a strong sense of cultural identity and excellence in our students through Kapahaka, nurturing their connection to the heritage of our land. We invite you to join us in celebrating the beauty of Aotearoa’s traditions and the talents of our tamariki and whānau as they embrace the spirit of Kapahaka at Te Kura Tuatahi o Te Puke.