Te Rōpū Tautoko i te Kaupapa Māori Support Group

For Kaupapa Māori within the School 

We are a group of parents and staff, mandated by the School Board, who support the development of Kaupapa Māori within the school. We see our role as:

  • Bringing together the wisdom shared between anthroposophy and tikanga Māori, on a spiritual level as well as practical, for our children's education
  • Guarding tikanga Māori within our school community
  • Facilitating the journey of kaupapa Māori at Raphael House
  • Providing energy and coordinating efforts through practical support
  • Seeking and advising on opportunities for teachers and the community
  • Taking positive action.

We were formed in 2008 and keep a rhythm of monthly hui during the year to discuss issues and plan for practical support. Over this time we have been involved in many initiatives such as:

  • provided signs in Te Reo Māori for around the school
  • welcomed the new school Board with a whakatau
  • put up displays at the library
  • provided a presence at the Toy, Craft and Food Fair
  • run a series of community workshops with Tanemahuta Grey
  • run a regular "biscuit exchange for speaking Te Reo Māori" during Māori Language Week
  • contributed to the school strategic planning
  • written articles for the Bush Telegraph
  • made a class set of poi and presented them to Class One
  • held a dawn ceremony to mark the rising of Matariki.

As a group we welcome any parent or teacher from the school to join us - from the Kindergarten, Lower School or Upper School; Māori or non-Māori; knowledgeable in tikanga Māori or not.

We share jobs amongst us according to our skills, there is always support within the group for anything we take on, and we recognise that as volunteers we can only do as much as our other commitments will allow us.

There are ways of contributing for anyone interested in supporting the Kaupapa Māori journey within Raphael House, so if you wish to join us you can contact us through the office at Te.Ropu@raphaelhouse.school.nz