Manutuke School - Te Kura o Manutuke



Te Manu Tu Ke  - The Bird that Stands Unique!

CONTACT DETAILS:  06 862 8858.  027 211 6990. 


21 April 2020

 Ki te Whanau

Ata Marie koutou ma,

 We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We know there have been several challenges for you to deal with and we thank you for your efforts, in Staying Strong, by Staying at Home and Being Kind, whilst helping us to implement our distance learning programme and giving us valuable feedback and support too.   Nga mihi miharo!    

Yesterday, Cabinet made the decision to move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April.  That means we will be open to receive students from the 29 April.  Preparations of the school site will begin today, with an inspection according to the Ministry’s stringent guidelines, occurring today.   

The key message for you, our Whanau, is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home.  If your child is sick, please also ensure you keep them at home.  Thank you.
In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who are able to come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.


Please know that we will:

  1.  Inform the Ministry of Education today, of our school’s additional consideration that we must take into account, and that is our bus transport from the city.
  2. Contact you soon, this week, to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person.
  3. Continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. 


The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with the Ministry of Health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible. 

We will be in touch with you, very soon, to keep you updated and informed about our next steps.   Please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have.  Thank you.  

Kia Kaha! Kia manawaroa!
 Mauri ora

Na Koka Rakairoa 


1st -2nd April 2020 Panui

COVID-19 Ministry of Education Keeping our Children SAFE Online Information 

Tena koutou e Te Whanau,  Hoping all is well and safe within your ‘Bubble’.  Congratulations ALL, we are in our 7th DAY of LOCKDOWN! Here I am again, just sharing with you,  information from the Ministry of Education.

Technology is great whether it’s for information, learning, keeping connected or for games, music and videos. However, in this tekkie world WE must be vigilant and alert, to work with and remind tamariki whatever their age, about HOW to keep them SAFE, in this online world where, unfortunately, there are predators.It is excellent to note too, that there is a unique opportunity during the lockdown of families of going out together, albeit it close to home; in your own locality. However please be alert, if your child is seeking to leave Lockdown by themselves!

Keeping ‘ONLINE’ safe

 We ask that parents, caregivers and whānau discuss Internet Safety with their children - of all ages. They should agree with their children what their child can do online including sites they can visit and the required behaviours that must be practiced. Here are some examples: 


Internet, Online Matters for US to CHECK with OUR child:



Review and approve games & apps before they are downloaded



Review privacy settings of sites & applications


Check your child’s profiles AND

·       What he/ she posting online



 Check the sites your child is accessing.  Take the time to understand:

·       What sites he /she is visiting.

·       WHO is he/she talking to/with

·       Have planned times when they are doing this

·       AND as a parent, check in regularly



Tell, remind children that:

·        Anything that he/she posts online will be permanently on the internet



Social media sites have age restrictions to join, check these before letting your child use them or join them



To best monitor a child’s use of the internet:

-       The child must use his/her device, computer, i-pad etc., in an OPEN, common area of the house.

-       Have set arranged times.

-       Parents, check in regularly.



MAKE sure you and your child know what to do:

·       When an internet or online activity is yuk, is not appropriate

·       Report immediately to parents, caregivers!  Check Netsafe below.



It is important to be alert, if your child seeks to go out of Lockdown by themselves, alone!


Netsafe IS available to provide our teachers, parents, caregivers and community with support for online safety.

They have information for parents and caregivers and have pulled together their:-

i.                top tips for online safety during the lockdown.  

ii.              How to report an incident to Netsafe -

REPORT to the POLICE, call 111 or visit your nearest Police Station immediately:

·       If you think your child is the victim of online exploitation or abuse.

·       If you or a child are in danger or a crime is being committed.

WORK TOGETHER:  To make sure children are safe online. To make the internet a great tool for people of all ages.

 Keep keeping safe.Kia haumaru koutou katoa.  Nga mihi nui. Na Koka Rakairoa.

23 March 2020

Tena koutou katoa,

In light of the recent announcements from the Prime Minister this afternoon regarding the COVID-19 situation moving from a Level 3 Alert to a Level 4 Alert in 48 hours, from tomorrow, Tuesday 24th March 2020, Manutuke School will be closed until further notice except for the children of essential workers so that kaiako can prepare learning packs.

Preparing for Remote & Online Learning 

While this is a stressful time, we want to assure you that we have a plan for remote and online learning for your child/children. To help us provide efficient and effective communications, we ask you to follow the link below to the online survey so that we have your best contact details and to find out what you have available at home to support your child in their learning.  

Manutuke School Contact Info & Remote Learning Survey

Learning Packs 

These will only be available for pick up tomorrow (Tuesday 24th March) from 12pm to 5pm from kura - one adult per whanau to pick up. Please proceed to your child’s classroom to pick up your pack. All Year 5 - 9 student’s who require a chromebook can also pick this up tomorrow pending caregivers sign an agreement to ensure the safe use of these upon pick up.

Government Guidelines

Level 3 means that we all must self-isolate. Thus, if you need to have your child cared for by someone else, you will need to identify that person or people as a part of your self-isolated group. This will need to be done by midnight Wednesday and the group must remain the same for the whole 4-week period. 

The caregiver’s own group (e.g. their partner and children), your child and your own group (e.g. your parents and other children) become your ONE group. This group needs to be limited to minimise any risk of spread and should be no more than 20 people.  This is your SELF-ISOLATED GROUP.  

We will continue to communicate with you over the coming days. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and school community.  We will keep in touch.

We wish you and your whanau much aroha during these very uncertain times. Kia haumaru hoki koe me to whanau i tenei wa taumaha. Remember to stay in contact with your kaiako through FB, email or text if you need any help with school mahi.

Nga manaakitanga ki runga i a tatou katoa

Na Koka Rakairoa and our Staff. 


Establishment of a Designated Character School—Manutuke School (2602)

Pursuant to section 154A(1)(a) of the Education Act 1989, I hereby designate Manutuke School (2602) as a designated character school from 28 January 2020.

The different character of Manutuke School will be as follows:

“Manutuke School aims to foster a culture of success where children understand their self-worth and uniqueness, through the stories and histories of Rongowhakaata. The philosophy of Manutuke School is that it builds resilient children who know who they are, can walk in all worlds and are confident in themselves. The school will operate all practices within the context of the Manutuke Model. This model has three key aspects:

The Manutuke philosophy and principles: “Kia Papatu o waewae ki te whenua, kia Puketapu to tu, kia Manawaru te hua o au mahi. May your feet be grounded in the land, may you stand humble and strong, and may your actions bring delight to your people”.

The Framework: Uses the three maunga in the Manutuke area as foundational concepts for educational achievement and development: Puketapu (Adaptability), Papatu (Resilience), and Manawaru (Innovation).

The method by which the Framework is delivered is The Powhiri Inquiry model. The Powhiri Inquiry Model is about moving from a space of the unknown into the known by encountering the subject matter using all aspects and stages of the powhiri, as the framework and process.”

Under section 156AA(3A) of the Act I name The Manutuke Trust as having a special affiliation with the school/responsibility for the different character of the school.

Constitution of the Board of Trustees

The constitution of the Manutuke School Board of Trustees will not be changed by this notice and it will remain a standard constitution under section 94 of the Education Act 1989.

Dated at Wellington this 19th day of November 2019.

Hon CHRIS HIPKINS, Minister of Education.

Watch this space - School Uniform and Stationary shop may be availble from Term 1 2020









Ko Te Arai te Awa, Rongowhakaata Tangata! He hiringa mahara, he manawa maurea.
Te Arai is the river, and we are peoples of Rongowhakaata.
Rising from the depths of the ancients, heralding our future potential in the world

Whakahere i nga hapu, whakakotahi i nga whanau Ki te puna o te aroha, te pono me te tika!
                       Fortify our relationships, and unify our family ties to the source that is aroha,             

having faith in our differences, but still operating from our shared values base 

 Tu mai ra te taumata tipua Manawaru Komura mai nga korero o nehera i a koe!
Stand true and tall, the summit of our collective delight
And shine down upon us the teachings of old emanating from your wisdoms

He tata a runga, he roa a raro!
The heavens are close, but the road forward is long...