" This resource represents our cultural pantry (Pātaka) with a range of kai (tikanga and reo) to suit people’s needs. The primary goal is to increase the confidence, knowledge and capability of staff and students to work effectively within te Ao Māori in their role at the school and to honour our commitment to partnership with tangata whenua.”

Maurie Abraham, Principal

Te Pātaka

One of New Zealand’s newest and most innovative secondary schools is using technology to help embed Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) into the school’s vision and direction.

Hobsonville Point Secondary School, Te Kura Tuarua o Onekiritea, has launched Te Pātaka, designed for learners (staff, students, parents and community) who are keen to understand more about Te Ao Māori.  

Te Pātaka makes the crucial link between language and culture, with content including te Reo Māori (language), tikanga (customs) and mātāpono me ngā ūaratanga (principles and values).  

The app is part of a wider programme where the school is establishing a sustainable and meaningful relationship with tangata whenua Te Kawerau ā Maki, to support rangatahi (young people).

The app includes a brief history of Te Kawerau ā Maki, from the time they established a distinct tribal entity in the early 1600s, through battles, exile, new settlement, the arrival of European and consequent loss of lands, to re-establishment today.

The app also includes narrative on the establishment and opening of the school in 2014.

The app is now being shared with all staff and students.

  • Swipe-to-Read™
  • Touch-to-Hear™
  • Touch-to-Spell™
  • Record your narration
  • Multiple languages