Māori Medium Learning Community Cluster

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This cluster includes two kura and 10 early childhood education providers.


  1. TKKM o Te Whanau Tahi
  2. TKKM o Waitaha

Early childhood education (ECE)

  1. Ngā Kohanga Reo
  2. Oterepo Kohanga Reo
  3. Rangiora Te Kohanga Reo
  4. Te Hohepa Te Kohanga Reo
  5. Te Horomako o  Te Huruhuru
  6. Te Kotahitanga Ki Waitaha Kohanga Reo
  7. Te Whanau Tahi Te Kohanga Reo
  8. Mē ērā atu kura
  9. Te Waka Huruhurumanu ki Otautahi Early Learning Centre
  10. Noku Te Ao

ECE services are independently owned and managed.

School governance

There are three types of schools: state, private (or registered or independent) and state integrated schools. State integrated schools are former private schools which, while now “integrated” into the state system, also provide programmes around their particular religious or learning philosophy.

State , state integrated and state composite special character schools, while government funded, are managed by boards of trustees. Private schools receive only partial funding from the Government. Day to day management of all schools is the responsibility of the principal.

The Crown is responsible for property provision for state and special character schools to ensure students have access to their closest school. The proprietors of state integrated and private schools are responsible for their own buildings. Both Kura in this cluster are state composite special character schools.

School boards are required to develop individual charters and annual plans and report their performance against these.You will be able to access the school charter from your school or at Find a school.

Education Review Office (ERO) reports on school and early childhood performance are publicly available.

Māori medium cluster ERO review cycle

TKKM o Te Whanau Tahi In progress
TKKM o Waitaha In progress

School roll changes

Image showing total Māori Medium cluster March roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Total cluster March roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012

In March 2010, prior to the earthquakes, the primary schools in this cluster provided teaching and learning to 196 students. While individual rolls have fluctuated, the combined primary roll in this cluster has declined by 45 to 151 at March 2012.

Individual school March rolls, 2008, 2010, and 2012:

Note: only roll data for primary schools in this cluster is displayed.

Image showing Māori medium cluster – Individual schools roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012

Māori medium cluster – Individual schools roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012

The following chart shows the ethnic composition of the combined cluster school rolls by percentage of total combined roll

Image showing ethnic composition of Māori medium cluster.

Māori medium cluster: ethnic composition

Education achievement

Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori (National Standards for Māori-medium education settings) have been developed by Māori-medium leaders in te reo matatini (literacy) and pāngarau (numeracy). Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori show the ongoing progress of tamariki (children) in Years 1 to 8 in te reo matatini (literacy) and pāngarau (maths) within Māori language immersion education.

Ngā Whanaketanga describe for parents, whānau, pouako (teachers) and tamariki what tamariki should be able to do in taha kōrero (oral language), taha pānui (reading), and taha tuhituhi (writing) – te reo matatini – and pāngarau. Boards are required to report on learners’ achievement for 2011, in the 2012 Annual Report.

You will be able to access National Standards data for your school from the Find a school section of the Education Counts website as soon as this information is available.

Special Education

Special Education delivers specialist services and support to learners with special education needs across this cluster. This includes support to schools, teachers, parents and whānau.


There is no specific technology provision for primary learners located in this cluster. Schools are likely to be accessing it in neighbouring clusters.

Land – State schools only

School sites sit outside the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) land classification process and will not be given any Technical Category foundation rankings, though the land in the surrounding residential area of this cluster has been classified TC2 and TC3. Geotechnical assessments on the state school sites in this cluster indicate land issues are unlikely to compromise continued education provision.

Further Ministry commissioned assessments may be required at a later date, should any of these sites be further developed.

Buildings – State schools only

There are 20 teaching spaces included in the 2,512 square metres (of useable space) of teaching and learning and administration space across this cluster of schooling provision. The teaching, learning and administrative space is incorporated into 19 actual buildings. All of these buildings suffered damage during the earthquakes. Repairs have yet to be made to the building stock. Condition assessments confirm over time earthquake strengthening will be required across none of these buildings within the cluster. There are weather tightness issues in a further four buildings.

Building condition information – State schools only

Number of buildings Number of buildings with EQ damage Number of buildings with strengthening required Number of buildings with weather tightness repairs required Number of buildings with both strengthening and weather tightness repairs
TKKM O Te Whanau Tahi 7 7 0 4 0
TKKM O Waitaha 12 12 0 0 0
Cluster 19 19 0 4 0

Based on March 2012 rolls a minimum of 13 teaching spaces will be required for ongoing teaching and learning in this cluster, as below.

School rolls and classroom numbers – State schools only

March 2010 roll Classroom (no.) current (July 2012) March 2012 roll Estimated classrooms required at March 2012
TKKM O Te Whanau Tahi 73 9 73 6
TKKM O Waitaha 123 11 78 7
Cluster 196 20 151 13

The way forward

Extensive condition assessments and engineering investigations have confirmed all buildings in this cluster currently remain fit to occupy – unless already isolated. A number of the buildings across this cluster will, however, require remediation and strengthening over the longer-term.

Future planning

The earthquakes provide an opportunity, as outlined in the Education Renewal Recovery Programme [PDF; 881kb], to consider options for revitalising the greater Christchurch education network that go beyond simply replacing what was there. Discussions with schools, communities and providers within this cluster will be key to informing decisions around the future shape of education for the Māori Medium education community. Ways to enhance infrastructure and address existing property issues, improve education outcomes, and consider future governance will form part of these discussions.

Community engagement

Cluster support groups will be established to lead community engagement. The Ministry of Education will support these groups in providing information to their communities and gathering feedback to identify the preferred way forward. In line with the support signalled in the Education Renewal Recovery Programme [PDF; 881kb for improved collaboration, this will provide an opportunity to gain further suggestions around shared provision across schools and services within specific areas of interest and the wider community, as appropriate. Boards will formally consult with their communities where closures or mergers are indicated

Check out the engagement schedule for further details.

Secondary schooling

Secondary, state integrated and independent schools located within these clusters will be involved in discussions around the future shape of provision within their education communities.

The Ministry has worked collaboratively with secondary schools on ideas for future secondary school education provision in greater Christchurch.  In October 2013, the Minister of Education announced decisions for the secondary school network.

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