Treaty of Waitangi

Treaty of Waitangi  Policy


To fulfil the intent of the Treaty of Waitangi by valuing and reflecting New Zealand’s dual cultural heritage and acknowledging the principles of Partnership, Protection and Participation.


To define an appropriate kaupapa for Rotokawa School that is consistent with equitable governance and management

  • Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori are valued and promoted in school leadership, teaching and learning.
  • School values and environment reflect the unique position of Māori as tangata whenua and celebrate this partnership through pōwhiri, karakia and kapa haka.
  • Relationships are fostered with local iwi and hapuū, with the guidance and leadership of kaumātua.
  • There is continued support of a lead teacher to promote and support learning and teaching that is culturally responsive.


To recognise Māori values in the provision of resources and facilities within the school.

  •  Māori are represented on the Board of Trustees and Friends of the School.
  • Appropriate allocation of resources and programmes ensure whole school participation in Māori cultural activities and events.
  • All students learn Te reo Māori and tikanga Māori.
  • School leadership and BOT work with whānau to support our rumaki unit.
  • A whānau representative is involved in the appointment of staff to the rumaki unit.
  • Appropriate learning resources and teaching pedagogical content knowledge support and enhance learning for Māori children.


To foster Māori student achievement and support the advancement of Māori educational initiatives.

  • Provide teaching and learning programmes either from The New Zealand Curriculum 2007 or Te Marautaunga o Aotearoa that support learning for Māori, whilst utilising our Rotokawa School / Marau a kura local curriculum.
  • Appropriate targets, plans and monitoring systems to accelerate/enhance/extend Māori student achievement are sustained.
  • School wide reporting and sharing of progress and achievement to tamariki and whānau is in a format that supports the mana of the child, whānau and the teacher.

last edited: Tue, October 11, 2016