Te Tiriti o Waitangi - Treaty of Waitangi


Adopted 17th June 2019
Reviewed July 2021

Reviewed July 2023

Next review date July 2025

Policy Statement

KingsGate School Board of Trustees acknowledges that Māori are the tangata whenua (indigenous people) of Aotearoa and that Māori language and culture are integral to the authentic partnership promised to all who choose to live in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The role the Board can play in healing the inherent injustices of the past in the understanding and implementation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Aotearoa New Zealand is essential to the future of our tamariki and mokopuna. This is especially in relation to the enactment of school practices that suppressed the learning and use of te reo Māori and not recognising Mātauranga Māori as an extensive and valuable knowledge system. Kingsgate school is committed to re-establishing relationships with local iwi and working alongside local iwi to promote te reo Māori and te ao Māori with ākonga (students), kaiako (teachers) and the wider community.


KingsGate School recognises the duality of the New Zealand culture and acknowledges it underpins the learning environment at KingsGate School so that we may:

1. enable our children to understand, respect and show sensitivity for Tikanga Māori i.e.values, attitudes, behavior and Te Reo Māori.

2, provide opportunities where students experience Tikanga Māori.

3. recognise our obligation to the Treaty of Waitangi.

4. support Māori to participate and achieve as Māori.

5. ensure that topics dealing with the heritage of Māori are included in the curriculum.


Procedural Guidelines

The Māori language, Te Reo Māori, will be valued and part of the KingsGate School curriculum.

Staff development should include Te Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori and cultural diversity.

The school will provide a welcoming atmosphere for all parents and children by reflecting both cultures.

Instruction for all children must cherish their unique identity and cultural values.

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