Education | Mātauranga

Education in Whaingaroa

Education in the Whaingaroa-Raglan district reflects the stunning coastal-rural location and with a local community focus on caring for the environment. The many options for early childhood care and education include Kohanga Reo, Raglan Kindergarten, Matapihi Kindergarten, Lets Grow Early Learning Center, Magnolia Tree Childcare, Raglan Playcenter, Playgroup and Homebased care.

Raglan Area School caters for primary and secondary students. It is Decile 4, has a Maori Immersion Unit, Te Roopu Aroha ki te Reo, a Surfing Academy and the Enviro Schools Earthcare program. There are 3 rural primary schools in the district at Te Uku, Te Mata and Waitetuna. Some students choose to travel by local bus to Hamilton secondary schools.

Adult education opportunities include te reo classes at Poihakena Marae, Whaingaroa Environment Center workshops, Xtreme Waste environmental education and Permaculture workshops at Solscape. The Old School is also well utilised by children and adults for art and hobby classes.

Education in the Waikato and Aotearoa

Education as a core value of Raglan Naturally – a Learning Community.

Are the children well?

It’s takes a village to raise a child.

Not individual thinking, but community support.

What topics were covered and who has been involved so far:

We appreciate all the work of the Focus Group members

Please note: this Snapshot report is a starting point for community-wide input and is not a finished or complete report. Your input will build on this report.

Topics Covered:

  • Mainstream – early childhood
  • Mainstream – primary
  • Mainstream – secondary
  • Extra-Curricular – ie. Karioi Maunga
  • Adult education & education generally
  • Please note Kaupapa Maori Education snapshot is being developed.

Who is contributing to this Snapshot

Lee Clarkson, Lynee Adrienne, Angela Kimber, Kylie Hollis, Isabel Crawforth

Partners, organisations, people

  • Raglan Area School
  • Te Ropu Aroha ki te Reo
  • Waitetuna School
  • Te Mata School
  • Te Uku School
  • Whaingaroa ki te Whenua Kohanga Reo
  • Whaingaroa ki te Whenua Kokiri
  • Poihakena Marae
  • Te Mauri Tau
  • Kura Reo at Poihakena Marae
  • Raglan Kindergarten
  • Magnolia Tree Childcare
  • Matapihi Kindergarten
  • Let’s Grow Early Learning Centre
  • Raglan Community House
  • Whaingaroa Environment Centre
  • Extreme Zero Waste
  • Solscape

Education Strengths & Assets

Choice and variety of education providers. Strong community of dedicated and passionate teachers. Our natural environment. Community support. Diverse knowledge in our community. Parents are already concerned about environment and the future so open to making positive changes.

Early Childhood

  • We are well served by early childhood centres in Raglan including Playgroups, Kohanga Reo, Kindergarten, Playcentre, Magnolia Childcare, Matapihi, Let’s Grow, Mainly Music
  • Home based care

Primary & Secondary

  • Raglan Area School and Te Ropu Aroha Ki Te Reo, Te Uku School, Te Mata School, Waitetuna School, Homeschooling families
  • Raglan Surf Academy
  •  Public health nurses and sexuality education


  • Environment (Karioi Maunga), Sports lessons (tennis, soccer, netball, basketball, rugby, sailing), Arts lessons (drama, dance, clay, music, film)
  • Extra tuition
  • Youth groups
  • Poutama Tane – Rites of Passage

Adult & Education Generally

  • Te Reo Atarangi
  • Te Mauri Tau – Poutiria te Aroha, parenting courses, Enviro Schools
  • Xtreme Zero Waste – X Man
  • Raglan Community House – computing
  • Permaculture training
  • Community gardens, Whaingaroa Environment Centre

Future Challenges & Opportunities

Key challenges that are specific to the education  group:

Early Education:

  • Maintain a variety of providers
  • Children attending several centres and having to develop relationships in each centre
  • The impact of decrease in gov. funding and privatisation
  • Community based vs providers running as a business (free versus charged)
  • Bullying is everywhere, what are we doing about it? What can we do about it?
  • Place-based education – how to make links with local expertise
  • Learning about our shared history – how? Knowing who to ask.
  • Connection from community and support.
  •  Trouble finding fluent speakers of te Reo Maori. What resources could be provided that aren’t currently there?


Adult Education
Education Generally
Limited time and funding to support children and their families
Continuity between education providers – transitioning
Communication (between?)

Primary and Secondary:

  • Lack of expertise in regard to te ao Maori and korero Maori
  •  Inadequate teacher training maintains the status quo
  • The diverse role of teachers; they can’t do everything
  • Affordability of EOTC
  • Transitions – school to work 
  • Post school education
  • Maintaining diverse choice – sustainability of those schools/kura
  • Meeting the needs of all family and whanau
  • Transport to and from schools
  • Competition between schools – how can we work together for the benefit of all?
  • For schools to be future focused and look at the big picture; what skills will our young people need to survive in an unknown future? Where to begin?
  • Bullying happens everywhere, what can we collectively do about it?
  • Mental health of our young people – how are their needs being met, what support systems are in place?

For the key challenges that need to be considered across all focus areas, these are the questions we are asking:


  • How does this challenge impact on Education?
  • How does Education impact this challenge?


  •  What is the opportunity for us in Education in relation to this challenge?

The key challenges: (Please note that some of these sections are still to be completed.)

Climate change




Growth in visitor numbers


Implementing the Treaty of Waitangi




Aspirations & Goals Identified by the Focus Groups with supporting projects, strategies and initiatives.  
(Please note that there may be areas that are still to be completed.)

Values behind the goals & aspirations Aspirations vision for long term
& Goals measurable, specific, achievable
Different ways goals can be achieved
Projects & Initiatives
Specific actions, responsibility, funding
with other Focus Areas
Early Childhood – Mainstream
Education as a core value of Rag Nat – a Learning Community
Early Childhood education aspire to:
● Provide opportunities that enable our young people to thrive
● Encourage bi-lingualism/bi-culturalism for our young people● Provide environmental education● Support the holistic wellbeing of children and whanauProvide early childhood education for all children in the Raglan community.
Provide support for families to look after younger children at home. (research shows this is better) Education for parents about young children at home/development.
Children are safe in our community and are aware of safety, learning to assess risk. Support education around bullying and education for kids and parents on safety. Community Wellbeing
Children are immersed in their community: people, environment, history
· Education from a variety of sources.
· Place-based education – make links with local expertise
· Build connection from community and support.
· Grow awareness of things already happening in the community, things that are happening in the home – part of the community kaupapa.
· Support what is already happening in our community eg. community gardens, Enviro Schools
· Whats already happening in ECE (in curriculum)
· Learn about our shared history
Encourage bi-lingualism/bi-culturalism for our young people. To be bilingual and in our education centres and community. · Support our community based programme for fluent speakers to be part of learning in our learning centres.
· Explore resources to support this
Provide environmental education
· Support environmental organisations in our community eg. Karioi Kids, Enviro centre
Primary & Secondary – Mainstream
Education as a core value of Rag Nat – a Learning Community that values its tamariki/children, is future focused, environmentally minded, aspires to be bicultural, supports children to be physically active, and values creativity and curiosity in its learners.
Empower students to seek knowledge and understanding so that they can be active participants in their community.
Use the New Zealand Curriculum document to inform learning and teaching in our community ● Local experts
● Place-based education
● Education Outside the Classroom
● (EOTC) providers
Provide choice and a variety of education providers for our families to choose from
● Schools working together for sustainability of schools/kura and benefit of all
● Accessible transport to and from schools
● Meet the needs of all the whanau
Schools are future focused and look at the big picture. They provide the skills our young people need to survive in an unknown future.
Provide opportunities for our children to be bicultural and bilingual
● Support local experts
● Place-based education
● Learn about the expertise we have in regard to te ao Maori and korero Maori
● Learn about what teacher training is needed to change the status quo
Develop the holistic wellbeing of our young people ● Public health nurses
● Sexuality education
● What support systems are in place around mental health?
● What can we do about bullying?
Education as a core value of Rag Nat – a Learning Community
Adult Education and Education Generally
Education as a core value of Rag Nat – a Learning Community
Equity and Respect
– The community has choice and diverse options for education
Supporting community to access diverse options – transport, fees subsidies Transport
Kaitiakitanga/Environment Provide environmental education
· More affordable permaculture courses
· Supporting community gardens
· Support the Enviro Schools programme
· Support WEC to run educational programmes
Create a supportive education network in Whaingaroa Coordinate a monthly education network meet up
Support whole system – families, children and their needs.

Questions from the Education Group

  1. What’s missing in our Snapshot?
  2. How can student learning be more connected to the community?
  3. What alternative learning pathways would you like to see in addition to school based programs?
  4. How could our community diversity be better catered for in the learning and teaching process?
  5. Is there a role for community mentors supporting students and how could this be implemented?
  6. What are your thoughts on personalised/individualised learning programs and use of technology in the teaching/ learning process?
  7. What are your thoughts on providing Treaty of Waitangi education programs in our schools and early childhood centres and for adults in our community?

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