Kelson School Whānau Rōpū

The Whānau Rōpū are a small group of parents, whānau and staff who meet to discuss the education of our Māori students and what that looks like in our kura. This rōpū provides the opportunity to meet other whānau and work together towards common goals. Each year our group sets goals and works hard to achieve them. The meetings are relaxed, open and friendly, and we welcome both Māori and non-Māori. We welcome all support in any form that you can give. The Whānau Rōpū meet once a term in the school staffroom.

If you have an interest in Māori achieving as Māori and want to meet other whānau from our school, this is the hui for you!

Our Whānau Rōpū have successfully brought our school community together celebrating our Māori tikanga.

Kapa Haka

The whole school does kapa haka every week with a specialist kaiako. Our senior school performs each year at Te Papa and in Hutt Fest, as well as taking part in festivites at Wainuiomata Marae. The Whānau Rōpū have gained grants to purchase beautiful kapa haka uniforms that our tamariki are proud to wear representing our school.


The Whānau Rōpū have worked closely with the staff at our school to instigate celebrations of Matariki across the school. Matariki is observed as part of our curriculum, but a school wide day of celebrations and activities bring together our wider community and our students in our school to celebrate this very special coming of the Māori New Year.

The Hāngī

We have had two successful hāngī. The whole school has been involved in preparing for the hāngī, from digging the pit, setting the fire, peeling the vegetables and eating together. The school was able to purchase its own hāngī baskets due to the success of hāngī. The hāngī is now part of our ongoing celebrations as a bi annual event.

Mihi Whakatau

Members of our Whānau Rōpū have worked closely with our tamariki and staff to enable our tamariki to lead the school through a mihi whakatau each term to welcome our new students and their families to our school. This guidance has built confidence within our tamariki for them to stand and speak, to lead haka and waiata, to be part of the karanga.

Our School Whakatauki

The Whānau Rōpū have worked with our staff in creating a Whakatauki for our school. Whakatauki are commonly used as inspirations in speeches and also as gentle reminders spoken to each other in everyday life. Our whakatauki represents our school’s belief in us all moving forward together in our learning, supporting each other and embracing our individual uniqueness.