‘Giving life to learning and purpose to life’
We believe learning comes alive when it is purposeful; feeds passions; and validates culture and identity.


Kia Tu, Kia Ora Kia Māori

Kia Tu - Stand with confidence and be

Kia ora - Healthy in mind, body and spirit

Kia Māori - Māori succeeding as Māori


Tai Wānanga is committed to ensuring our students are confident, healthy in body, mind and spirit, and achieving high success as Māori. We want our students to be successful students in the 21st century that requires them to be:

  • Equipped to contribute to and benefit from a changing environment

  • Sufficiently skilled to understand, negotiate and shape an inconsistent world

  • Prepared for living, working, and prospering in a high tech society

  • Passionate about learning, excited by discovery, and undaunted by change


To empower taiohi to ACHIEVE, to CONTRIBUTE and to LEAD

the advancement of Māori.




We will incubate talent in a culture of:

TAI NUI - Purpose - High Expectation

TAI MANAWA - Passion - Inspiration

TAI KAHA - Perspiration - Hard Work, effort, discipline

TAI ARIKI - Achievement - Focus on achieving goals

Tai Wānanga reflects the right of taiohi to:

Design their learning pathway through an Individual Tailored Learning Plan
Dare to believe in oneself
Deliver on their goals, enabling them to experience the thrill of success



Tai Wānanga is a principle lead organisation. The principles guide our practices, our decision making and our expectations.

Kia Tū

Leadership – We aim to grow confidence and competence. To foster a culture of leadership by building on strengths, passions, values and character. 

Excellence and Quality - High achievement is at the core of all Tai Wānanga 

kaupapa and learning experiences. Our expectation is that every taiohi will


Āhurutanga - Tai Wānanga will provide a safe and stimulating environment

where students can pursue their learning in a purposeful and exciting way.

Innovation – Our taiohi will be encouraged to explore our world, discover

their own pathways and innovate solutions.


Kia Ora

Mauri Ora – holistic wellbeing . Tai Wānanga recognises that learning

happens best when the whole person is well (healthy) and engaged in body

(tinana), mind (hinengaro), and soul (wairua).

Whānau Ora – Tai Wānanga also recognises the importance of relationships

particularly whānau support and engagement in the education of our taiohi

and its very direct impact on student achievement and happiness.


Kia Māori

Mana Māori - Māori succeeding as Māori . Tai Wānanga will commit to

aligning with the aspirations of Māori.

Te Aō Māori - Competence in Te Aō Māori is expected and will be evident in

all aspects of Tai Wānanga.





The graduate profile outlines the qualities, skills and characteristics of taiohi after completing at least four years at Tai Wānanga. The development of our students is referenced by the guiding principles of our Vision.

Kia Tū – Confidence and Competence

  • Equipped to contribute and to benefit from a changing society

  • Prepared for working, living and prospering in a high tech society

  • Passionate about learning, excited by discovery and undaunted by change

  • Literate, numerate and a productive user of ICT

  • A reflective and critical thinker with problem-solving skills and strategies

  • A leader who displays tika and pono

  • An effective communicator who is able to create and maintain networks

 Kia Ora – Health and Well-being

  • Caring, community conscious and a good citizen

  • Respectful of oneself, the environment, and the actions and views of others

  • Fit, healthy and happy

  • Self-responsible and self-managing

  • Self-directed learner committed to a path of lifelong learning

  • Displays honesty and humility

Kia Māori – Proud to be Māori

  • Proud of their identity and who they represent

  • Culturally strong and confident to engage in kaupapa Māori

  • Understands the significance of one's whakapapa, heritage and culture



“Where Passion, Purpose and Perspiration meet.”