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Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa
Let us keep close together, not wide apart.
Ko Te Kura Tuarua o Pūtaringamotu e mihi atu nei ki a koutou te mana whenua Ko Ngāi Tūāhuriri.
Ko koutou e mānaaki nei i a mātou i runga i te whakaaro kōtahi, nō reira tēnā koutou katoa.
Te Kura Tuarua o Pūtaringamotu falls within the rohe of Ngāi Tūāhuriri. We highly value our connection with mana whenua and have a memorandum of understanding between Ngāi Tūāhuriri and our kura to:
- Strengthen the relationship between the school and local iwi.
- Work together to achieve tangible outcomes to enhance Māori student success.
- Improve Board of Trustees, staff, student and whānau knowledge of mana whenua reo and tikanga.
- Collaborate to enhance and implement a localised mana whenua curriculum.
- Provide a forum to consult on safe cultural practices
- Document the process as an example for other schools.
We acknowledge Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Education Committee for their guidance, education and support.
We continue to work closely with mana whenua to explore the cultural narrative of our kura. Our geographical proximity to Pῡtaringamotu (the original name for Riccarton Bush) informs the name of our school: Te Kura Tuarua o Pūtaringamotu. Pῡtaringamotu is the only remaining remnant from a time when kahikatea swamp forests once covered large areas of the Canterbury Plains. Pῡtaringamotu holds historical significance in regard to the cultural and social practices of mana whenua prior to European settlement.
The Kahikatea tree is also of significance to Riccarton High School. The mighty tree has a shallow root system so its survival depends on entwining its roots with other kahikatea – therefore offering symbolism of creating a unity of purpose.
The Komiti Kaupapa Māori exists to promote biculturalism, embrace Te Ao Māori and uphold Te Tiriti in our Kura. We support our ākonga in their reo and māoritanga. This komiti meets fortnightly and includes our Mana Toroa student leaders, kaiako and Pou Whirinaki (Deputy Principal).