The Board of Trustees of Taihape Area School will take all reasonable steps to provide instruction in Tikanga Maori (Maori culture) and Te Reo Maori (Maori language).When developing policies and practices for the school every endeavour will be made to reflect New Zealand Cultural diversity and the unique position of Maori culture.
Taihape Area School offers bilingual education to Years 1-6, and optional Te Reo classes in Years 7-13. Various Te Reo opportunities are available through whole day options.
To give due important to the concept of partnership, 'Taihape Maori Komiti, as the mandated body for "Nga Iwi o Mokai Patea", selects 2 Iwi representatives who are appointed onto the TAS BOT. This will also acknowledge the Iwi secession policy.
A Community Goal, as stated in the Taihape Area School Charter, is to celebrate the bicultural identity of our school community, and develop children who are culturally confident:-
To acknowledge the cultural distinctiveness (language, culture and identity) of its Maori students ensuring that opportunities are available for them to achieve
education success as Maori;
To provide opportunities for all students to acquire knowledge of Te Reo me ona Tikanga so they can participate, with understanding and confidence, in situations where te reo and tikanga maori predominate, and to integrate language and cultural understanding into their lives, to strengthen New Zealand's identity in the world;
To provide opportunities for learners who will work to create an Aotearoa New Zealand in which Maori and Pakeha recognize each other as full treaty partners, and in which all culture are valued for the contributions they bring.
The Taihape Area School Story
The story of the development of Taihape Area School is told on the Ministry of Education Web-site TKI. The link to this is below: