Throughout the course of the year, students of Wanganui Collegiate will be taught tikanga Māori (māori customs) through the medium of haka and waiata.
Collegiate students already participate in haka (composed by the late Morvin Te Anatipa Simon) and stand strong continuing this tradition proudly for school occasions. The objectives behind this programme are to educate and integrate tikanga Māori into the lives of our students, to increase knowledge and participation in school pōwhiri (welcomes) so our students stand proud and confident in occasions that may be different to their own cultures.
The outcomes for our students will be a greater understanding on how culture shapes the way people think and behave, where they begin to appreciate the value of cultural diversity. They learn about the important role that indigenous languages and cultures play in New Zealand and throughout the world.
The programme will be co-ordinated by Mr Gilbert Hokianga and Mrs Rene Gardiner-Hokianga. Mr Ashley Patea will be the lead tutor, with support from his employees and Whānau. Practices will be held fortnightly for each House every Thursday from 6.15pm – 7.15pm. Girls' Houses will join the boys' Houses. We strongly encourage day students to attend so they keep up with their peers. An inter-house event will take place in Term 3 during the Collegiate Cultural Weekend. Staff, parents and families are welcome to attend practices.