The Mairehau Way: CARE

Mairehau High School has a focus on enhancing the well-being needed for students to become successful learners.

Mairehau High School's philosophy sees learning and well-being as two fundamental components that need to be in harmony for students to become engaged with learning and to achieve their full potential.

We use the acronym CARE to represent the values we want students to strive towards every day.

Restorative School

We pride ourselves on being a Restorative School. Restorative Practice is a relational approach to school life grounded in beliefs about equality, dignity, mana and the potential of all people.

"The essence of restorative practices is disarmingly simple: that human beings are happier, more productive and more likely to make positive changes in their behaviour when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them."

"Increasingly parents, caregivers and community groups are seeking out support and direction around managing the young people in their care. Building, enhancing and restoring relationships across any workplace, community group, school or culture, is absolutely essential for a strongly connected, empathetic, functioning society."

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Waka System

Like a waka travelling from destination to destination, we are all travelling together on a journey of strong learning.

We need to all work together to excel and reach our absolute potential as individuals; which makes our waka strong.

With out the structural support of all four sides of the waka, the waka can not continue to move forward in one direction of strength.

Waka Groups

Waka Ama (Green)

Waka Ama is the outrigger canoe (left hand side).

This house is represented by a native New Zealand bird, the Karearea.

Waka Ama represents Tawhirimatea- the guardian of storms, with the element of wind.

'Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou'

Seek after learning for the sake of your wellbeing.

Waka Katea (Blue)

Waka Katea is the brace in a canoe (right hand side).

This house is represented by a native New Zealand dolphin, the Maui dolphin.

Waka Katea represents Tangaroa- the guardian of sea, with the element of water.

'He waka eke noa'

A canoe which we are all in with no exception.

Tau Ihu (Yellow)

Tau Ihu is the figurehead or prow piece of a canoe.

This house is represented by a native New Zealand reptile, the Tuatara .

Tau Ihu represents Rongo Maraeroa- the guardian of peace, with the element of earth.

'Ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi'

Without foresight or vision the people will be lost.

Tau Rapa (Red)

Tau Rapa is the stern or rear piece of a canoe.

This house is represented by a native New Zealand bat, the Pekapeka .

Tau Rapa represents Tumatauenga - the guardian of war, with the element of fire.

'He hono tangata e kore e motu; ka pa he taura waka e motu'

Unlike a canoe rope a human bond cannot be severed.