Mäori students and Tikanga Māori are well supported at Kuranui College.
All curriculum areas build Tikanga Māori into unit planning. All Year 9 students are taken on two day-long trips around the Southern Wairarapa to learn the local stories and visit local marae.
The college has in recent years focused intensively on raising the academic achievement of Mäori students.
To assist in this, the college is participating in the “Kia Eke Panuku” initiative. This programme is assisting all staff to become more culturally responsive in all their dealings with students and their whanau.
Te Reo (Māori language) is offered at all year levels. Tikanga is a compulsory half-year course for all Year 9 and 10 students.
We also have a flourishing Kapa Haka group who practice regularly. Members of our Kapa Haka group have been chosen to represent the Wairarapa at the Regional Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Festival.