Te Marau-ā-Rohe

Localised Curriculum

Progress Aspiration 2: Te Marau-ā-Rohe | Localised Curriculum

Progress Aspiration #2: Shared Goal 

To provide ākonga with access to a localised curriculum, where they will experience culturally rich learning opportunities, which will be responsive to their needs, identity, language, culture, interests, strengths and aspirations of their whānau.

Across School Leaders: 

Dan and Shirralee are the ASLs leading the Te Marau-a-rohe | Localised Curriculum Workstream. 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us! 



Ngā Iwi o Tauranga Moana:

Our Kāhui Ako acknowledges the key role that Tauranga iwi play in the lives of our young people.  Our local iwi include:

Localised Curriculum Rōpū Hui 2022

Te Marau-ā-Rohe Rōpū | Localised Curriculum Group

This year we have formed a Te Marau-ā-Rohe Rōpū (Localised Curriculum Group) to work together as a team across our Kāhui Ako. The purpose of this rōpū is to share practice and ideas, make connections across our Kāhui Ako schools and ECE centres and support one another. 

Here's the list of kaiako who are part of our Te Marau-ā-rohe Rōpū

Te Tai Whanake ki Tauranga Moana

Bringing local history to life in Tauranga Moana.

The three local iwi of Tauranga are working with the region’s five Kāhui Ako to produce a new Te Ao Māori curriculum resource that can be used in all 67 schools and early learning centres, from Katikati in the north to Maketu in the south. The resource will encompass foundational te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, stories and history.

Acknowledgment: Aotearoa New Zealand Education Gazette, 2021

Ki Uta ki Tai is a free app that can be used as an educational resource for the Western Bay of Plenty community to learn basic tikanga and te reo Māori.

Interactive features within the app include pronunciation of Māori words, maps with Māori names and iwi groups, values (Ngā Mātāpono), and principles, mihimihi/pepeha (introductions), ngā mihi (greetings), poroporoaki (farewells), whakataukī (proverbs), and waiata (songs).

Acknowledgment: Western Bay of Plenty District Council, 2020

The Arataki app is free and can be used to support school excursions.  The Cultural Trails in this app enable users to access proximity activated storytelling platforms.  The following guides are currently available to users in Tauranga: Mauao Base Track, Maunganui Peninsula, Mauao Discovery, Kopurererua Valley and Tauranga Airport.

Acknowledgment: Lee Timutimu, 2019

Tommy Kapai Wilson (Ngati Ranginui/Pirirākau), designed the game 'Koha' to strengthen players’ knowledge of significant local sites, historic locations and the meanings of Māori place names. 

Two hundred copies of Koha have been distributed to 60 schools in the Bay of Plenty.

Acknowledgment: Ministry of Education, 2016

A moteatea about significant landmarks in Tauranga.

Acknowledgment: Patrick Nicholas Kohikohinga, 2018 (uploaded to Youtube)

A moteatea about the journey of the Takitimu waka.

Acknowledgment: Delma Rae, 2011 (uploaded to Youtube)

A Pātere written by Pita Awatere, highlighting significant landmarks to the Mataatua Waka.

Acknowledgment: Patrick Nicholas Kohikohinga, 2018 (uploaded to Youtube)


Te Tau o Mataatua was written by Colonel Pita Awatere initially in the 1960s, for his Kapa Haka group called Maranga, and it was performed at a Kapa Haka competition held in Tauranga. Pita had also been present during the re-opening of Rauru-Kī-Tahi, the wharenui at Whareroa Marae, and there he had promised Ngāi Tukairangi hapū, once they open a wharekai, he would return with a waiata.

In 1975, the wharekai Kuraimonoa was built and completed, and at the opening Pita Awatere gifted his waiata to the marae and hapū. Te Tau o Mataatua is commonly known as a pātere, or rangaranga whenua, reciting and reinforcing Mataatua waka boundaries, mai i Ngā Kurī a Whārei ki Tihirau, and completing its journey at the footsteps of Rauru-kī-Tahi.

"He waiata whakahirahira, he waiata whakamana i a Ngāi Te Rangi, he waiata mau tonu"

He kohinga kōrero ēnei nā Te Whare Tīrara o Te Rangihouhiri

Nā te ohu o Te Whare Reo o Te Rangihouhiri te kaponga reo, 2019

Acknowledgment: Ngāi Te Rangi (Facebook Page, 2020)