Cook Island Language Week 2016

"Kia ariki au i toku tupuranga, ka ora uata rai toku reo"

"To embrace my heritage, my language lives on"

We'd like to thank Muri Akavi and Whanau for supporting us in celebrating Cook Island Language Week.



The Junior Enterprise Challenge comes to Tairangi!

This week, June 27-29, The Years 6,7 and 8 were involved in a three-day event sponsored by the Ministry of Pacific Peoples (MPP), and run by experienced personnel from The Young Enterprise Trust. Students participated in teams to learn more about financial literacy and entrepreneurship as they created products from the design stage to market.

Activities, games and tasks completed throughout the week offered an exciting opportunity for students to use their critical and creative thinking as well as practice their communication and collaboration skills.

We also welcomed student mentors from Porirua College and guest judges from our community. Thank you for helping us to make this a successful event.  The judges chose the following teams and their places.

The 1st place winners were: The Destroyers.

In 2nd place The Indestructablez

3rd place The Fantastic Group.

Our students enjoyed working through the process.  Well done Room's 1 and 2.

Friday 24 June

Tairangi School is visited by a New Zealand Olympic Ambassador Emily Naylor (New Zealand Black Sticks Hockey Player)


Emily Naylor visited Tairangi School this morning.  She is a New Zealand Black Sticks Field Hocky Player.  Emily was selected to represent New Zealand in the upcoming Olympics In August.


We hope she brings back gold and wish her the best of luck.

Wednesday 22 June Wig Wednesday - Tairangi School Crazy Hair Day

Webster and Whaea Rona
Whaea Rona and Webster

On Wednesday our whole school participated in wig Wednesday - Tairangi School Crazy Hair Day to raise funds for the Child Cancer Foundation.  We would like to thank our students and their families for their support.

Wednesday 11th of May 2016 - National Young Leaders Day


On Wednesday 18th of May a group of Year 8 students attended the National Young Leaders Conference. The day was full of inspirational speakers who motivated our students to strive to be young leaders.


Tuesday 10th of May 2016 - Waka Ama Graduation.

Back row: Vaine, Megan, Temu, Maia-Aroha, Vonzell  Front row: Brody, Brooklyn, Evolution and Shah Alam

On Tuesday 17th of May a group of Year 7-8 students graduated from Waka Ama with the Ora Toa Mauri Ora Waitech Waka Ama programme. It provides resilience, strength, confidence, dignity, self control, self discipline and self knowledge for all. We congratulate these students.


Wednesday 13th April 2016

Te Kotahitanga Syndicate's Trip to Te Papa

On Wednesday our Years 6-8 classrooms visited Te Papa.  There we were able to see the Scale of Our War exhibition which tells the story of the Gallipoli campaign in World War I through the eyes and words of eight ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.  Students were moved by the exhibition and our visit to Te Papa.  We would like to thank our lovely parents who supported groups of students throughout the day.  Lastly we would like to thank Te Papa and the Wellington Community Trust for providing this free trip for us.

Check out some of our students who visited Te Papa.


Wednesday 16th March 2016

Te Kotahitanga Syndicate's Zoo Trip

Muhammad, Beau-Harley,Ashlea and Maia-Aroha

Kaea, Savanah, Qyanah and Shane

On Wednesday our Years 4-8 classrooms visited Wellington Zoo.  The students were excited and learned so much about the various animals there.  We would like to thank The Warehouse Porirua for donating goody bags for all of our students.  We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Wellington Zoo for providing our students this wonderful experience.  Lastly we would like to thank our lovely parents who supported groups of students throughout the day.



March 11 2016

Wynton Marsalis teaches Wellington kids a lesson in Jazz.


A group of Year 7-8 students attended the Jazz Festival at The Michael Fowler center - students have been inspired by Wynton and his love for jazz.   Ka pai Alysia, Taylor and Liza you represented Tairangi School well.  For further information about this article please click on the link below.








Te Kotahitanga Raffle Draw Friday 4th December 2015

First place: Fualaau #342, Second Place Judy #275, 3rd Place Tini #396. Congratulations and thank you for supporting Te Kotahitanga Syndicate’s Camp fundraiser.



Tokelau Arts and Crafts Exhibition October 2015

"Toto hau tokiga nei aua na tupulaga e fai mai"

'Plant a seed today for your future generations'

Malo Ni,

Rooms 6,5,2 and 1 spent the afternoon participating in workshops such as; Tokelau Visual Arts/Tuhituhi Ata, Weaving/Lalaga, Carving/Talatalai, Mother of Pearl Shell Fishing/Na Tifa and lastly Tokelau song and dance/ Fatele.


These workshops provided wonderful hands on learning and the students left with a new appreciation of the Tokelau culture.  A huge thank you to the Porirua Tokelau Community for the arts and crafts exhibition.





Sean Choolburra Visits Tairangi School October 2015

Sean is an Australian Aboriginal who is a dynamic and versatile comedian, rap singer, dancer, storyteller, actor & hip-hop didgeridoo player. He travels around New Zealand and Australia presenting a high energetic performance blending his historical Aboriginal culture with today's modern world.



Our students really enjoyed the opportunity to learn about his culture, share his music and participate in aspects of the performance.




Tairangi School Athletics October 2015

We had an awesome athletics morning.  Students were involved in high jump, sprints, long distance running, discus throwing, quoits, long jump and vortex.  The exciting baton relay at the end where they ran for their whanau group, Pohutukawa, Rimu, Kowhai and Totara completed an exhausting but very successful morning.  Congratulations everyone for your participation in athletics this year.







Duffy Caught Being a Good Dad Competition

September 2015

Congratulations to Christian Kapisi for Winning the Duffy Caught Being a Good Dad Competition.  The runner up was Savannah Tuitama.  Thank you to all the students who entered, it was very difficult choosing a winner as we could only have one.


My dad is special because he makes me happy when I am sad he bakes me a banana pie for me.  Christian Kapisi Room 9

I love my dad just the way he is.  My dad thinks about people other than himself.  My dad always has a smile when I see him.  My dad works from six in the morning to five in the afternoon Monday to Friday so we don't get to see him much  Dad you are kind, funny and loving there is nothing I would change about you.  Savannah Tuitama Room 5




ANZAC Commemoration April 2015

Tairangi School held a ceremony to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing on Wednesday 22 April. Senior students recited poems and the names of local soldiers who lost their lives fighting for our country's freedom. Students placed wreaths and poppies they had made on the ground alongside the crosses. Many parents joined us for the event.