July 7, 2020, 4:40 p.m.
While most New Zealand schools have just completed the second term of their school year, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tūtūtarakihi has celebrated the end of theirs.
The Māori NewYear is marked by the return of Pūanga/Matariki to the heavens and is a time for reflection and celebration. TKKM o Tūtūtarakihi align their school year with the lunar calendar specific to the region, using the rise of Matariki to signal the end of their year and time to celebrate the successes of their students.
Guided by the philosophy of Te Aho Matua, the school is deeply embedded in tikanga Māori and aims to provide a unique space where their students harness ancestral knowledge to empower them for the future.