Supporting and Celebrating Maori Students


Visiting Novelist Speaks at Te Ringa Awhina Marae

On Tuesday 6 September a powhiri was held at Te Ringa Awhina Marae for Dr Paula Morris (University of Auckland) an award winning Novelist of Ngati Wai descent.
She spoke to our tauira Maori and students taking Te Reo as a subject about the importance of writing and gave specific tips on how students should start their journey in writing.
Dr Paula Morris spoke about her novel Rangatira  (Penguin, 2011) and her Tipuna Paratene (this book won the fiction categories at the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards).

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left : Dr Paula Morris is welcomed to the marae

right : Some of our students with their special guest Dr Paula Morris

Dr Morris will be travelling to Africa in the next fortnight to research for her next book. We would like to thank her for taking the time to visit our Marae and speak with us. Henry Samuels presented a taonga as a symbol of our gratitude to our special guest.
He mihi manaaki ki a koe e Takuta Paula mo to korero e pa ana ki te whakahirahiratanga o nga pukenga tuhituhi me nga pukenga panui.


Whanau Hui for Matariki


As Matariki is a time of new beginnings and sharing, it was positive to hear from our akonga and senior Maori Leaders Rosie Kennedy and Henry Samuels about their journeys at Lynfield and their future plans.

It was also very fitting for Hine Samuels, as a new Board of Trustees member, to address whanau.

To get everyone working and having fun together..  students, staff and whanau were set a challenging activity by Mr Winn relating to NCEA credits!

The hangi fundraiser went well also thanks to Whaea Tebay and Whaea Maihi and we extend  special thanks to the Maori focus group, students and whanau who attended and helped out.
He mihi nui ki te Atua mo tenei wa motuhake o te tau


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Special Occasion with our Childcare Centre


A special powhiri for tamariki, staff and whanau of the Lynfield College Early Childhood Centre took place on Friday 1 July at our Te Ringa Awhina Marae.

It was great to see our students teach haka, rakau, and poi to the young children who performed a waiata to extend their gratitude.
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Kapahaka at Polyfest - Please vote in the People's Choice Award

Our Kapahaka group performed impressively on the Maori stage at the Secondary Schools' ASB Polyfest last week. Mrs Jennifer Leauga and her team have worked extremely well with the students to reach their current high standards. Congratulations to everyone concerned!

Their placings at Polyfest were:
  •  2nd waiata tira- choral
  •  2nd whakawatea- exit
  •  2nd most improved kura
  •  2nd overall
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    Lynfield College competed in Division 3.. our performance was good enough for promotion to Division 2  next year.

Maori television filmed the event and you will enjoy seeing our Kapahaka group's performance at

During Easter weekend Maori Television will screen Polyfest performances from every school -Friday through to Monday at 4.30pm on Channel Sky 82, Freeview 15.


Maori Television have also set up a People's Choice Award with $750 monetary prize going to the group with the most votes. Please vote here for Lynfield College (Division 3)

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Kapahaka Group Visits Onehunga

On Saturday 30 February a few members of our Lynfield Kapa Haka group performed at a community celebration in Onehunga.

They demonstrated kaha, wehi, and mana and represented themselves and the college proudly. This is a great start to 2016 and we look forward to sharing more of the group's activities during the year.
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Valuable Waitangi Experience


Year 9-12 tauira taking Te Reo Maori ventured to Waitangi on Thursday 24 September. The group, accompanied by Whaea Maihi and Whaea Leauga experienced a Powhiri by the tangata whenua and responded with our Lynfield School haka!


After visiting the Treaty grounds, all got on to the ferry to head to Kororareka (Russell) 

A fantastic day learning about the Treaty, Maori culture and Maori and Pakeha race relations.

Celebrating Maori Language Week

A special thanks to the Maori focus Group, Mr Tonks, and all of the staff and students who helped out with our Maori language celebrations.

  • We started the week with a powhiri for the visiting Shinagawa (Japan) students. After the ceremony, kai was shared and the haka was taught to our Japanese friends.
  • Staff Haka practice was a success - this took place at interval with Mrs Leauga.
  • during the week kai Maori including kaimoana and fried bread was brought to school by kaiako and tauira
  • Kemu Maori Maori games were played in staff meetings and in the (classroom) akomanga. Prizes including tiakareti were awarded
  • A performance at Green Valley Lodge Resthome in Glenfield from our akonga was a great way to share our language with our elderly through waiata and haka.

 Arohatia Te Reo!

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Te Reo Students Return from Rarotonga

From Friday 2 May to Saturday 10 May, 10 senior Te Reo Maori Students visited  Rarotonga for a Cultural Exchange. The students were: Lute Sikalu (Head Girl), Eli Kaleta (Head Boy), Sarai Mckay, Hudson Read, Olivia Riggs, Shanaia Panapa-Ruri, Devoe Allen, Rosie Kennedy, Henry Samuels and Aussie Koha. Whaea Leauga accompanied the group and Ms Ridling arrived soon after to join the group.
Titikaveka College was our host school and our students enjoyed learning skills such as Lei and ei making,  preparing kai for an umu, hula dancing, drumming and weaving.
Furthermore the group were invited to perform at the Award Winning Highland Paradise as guests on stage for a large audience. Basic Cook Islands Maori words were learnt and many great friendships were made during our stay.
One evening  all students presented speeches expressing their gratitude to their host families and the school, and presented gifts and a taonga to the Principal Mata Hetland and families (Mr and Mrs Rangi. Mr and Mrs Tuoro and Mr Napa, and their children).
Lynfield Students also performed the School Haka and a repertoire of waiata as appreciation towards all who displayed manaakitanga.
Mihi atu ki nga tangata katoa kia pukumahi mo tenei haerenga. Hei hua he wheako miharo ma matou.

Some images of a memorable experience...

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Kapa haka represents Lynfield at Citizenship Ceremonies


A small but strong group of students from the Lynfield kapahaka performed a bracket at the Mt Roskill citizenship ceremonies on Wednesday evening May 14

Our school was invited to perform again at the two ceremonies because of their outstanding performance at a previous ceremony last year. Organiser of the event, Kiri McCutcheon of Auckland City Council, thanked the group and said, “That was a fantastic performance! Thank you.”

Money raised from this performance will be used to buy kakahu and equipment for the kapahaka.

Our thanks to the students who took part: Shanaia Panapa-Ruri, Olivia Riggs, Junior Laveaina, Sabrina Subritzky-Cowan, Jade Vaipa, Aussie Koha, Sunday Howard and Alycia Samuels

Runathon to Raise Funds

On Saturday 5 April a runathon took place at Maungakiekie with 6 students: Lute Sikalu, Olivia Riggs, Rosie Kennedy, Shanaia Panapa-Ruri, Devoe Allen, Hudson Read and Whaea Leauga. 

The purpose of this event was to raise funds for the upcoming Te Reo students' Rarotonga Trip in May 2014.
The girls did so well getting up and down the mountain and they thank  all of the whanau members who turned up to tautoko (support) them.
Nga mihi ki nga kotiro katoa.

Performing Proudly at Polyfest

Last week's ASB Polyfest was a very special occasion as our Indian group performed on the Diversity Stage, and our Kapahaka group was awarded first prize in the co-educational schools' Mau Rakau category.

This year’s theme for Polyfest was ‘Care for our seas and our lands, so that the safety of our homes both present and past endure forever’. The five and a half minute performance by the Indian group was choreographed around songs that reflected the preservation and significance of water and land. An early morning performance was made even earlier with a last minute time change, putting extra pressure on the 13 senior students and a single Year 9. But these experienced performers took the stage with confidence and danced their hearts out to a fusion of Bollywood favourites. They all had great fun rehearsing, performing and enjoying a full day at Polyfest.

Congratulations to everyone (students, staff and whanau) who worked so hard to ensure Lynfield College was so well represented at this event.

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Te Reo Students' Fundraising Efforts

Lute Sikalu, Devoe Allen and Hudson Read, sold poi, and steamed pudding and custard (thanks Whaea Maihi), and put temporary moko on willing visitors, at a mini market held at New Windsor Primary School last Saturday.

This Fundraising goes towards their Rarotonga Trip in May.

Special thanks to Chadeney McManus for making the poi.

Fundraising has also recently included a sausage sizzle at school during lunchtime.

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