Hutia te rito o te harakeke
Kei hea te komako e ko?
Ki mai nei ki ahau. He aha te mea nui ki tenei ao?
Maku e ki atu. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.


If you were to pluck out the centre of the flax bush, where would the bellbird sing?

If you were to ask me “What is the most important thing in the world?”
I would reply, “That it is people, people, people.

Nei rā te mihi ki a koe e matakitaki mai ana ki tēnei panui tēnā koe.

This whakatauki sums up what we do here at Nayland – Manaaki taiohi to achieve their potential.


The Nayland College Te Reo Māori programme has the flexibility to cater for students at different levels of proficiency. This allows all students to progress at a manageable pace and have some success in the process. Each course is adapted as required to meet the needs of the current students.


Te Reo Māori covers the language, customs and traditions in Year 9 and during each successive year builds language development in Kōrero(speaking), Whakarongo (listening), Panui (Reading), Waihanga Tuhi (creative writing) and tuhituhi (writing) .

Students also have the opportunity to attend and/or participate in hui e.g. Powhiri, Ngā Manu Kōrero competitions and Kapa Haka. Kapa Haka is run on a weekly basis to prepare for powhiri and to tautoko the Principal for mihi and powhiri as needed.

Any whanau member is welcome to come and tautoko whanau on their learning journey.


Research shows that the opportunity to learn an additional language has many cultural, social, cognitive, linguistic, economic, and personal benefits for students.
While these benefits apply to all language learning, there are some specific advantages for New Zealand students in learning te reo Māori.
Te reo Māori and tikanga Māori are intertwined, and so learning te reo Māori gives students access to te ao Māori (the Māori world) and to Māori world views. The insights and experiences that students gain as they learn the language will enrich and broaden their understandings of the uniqueness and complexity of te ao Māori.
Participation in Kapa Haka and having the opportunity to be a member of the whanau class at Nayland College fosters and nurtures a sense of belonging for students and it is a more practical and engaging way of expressing ourselves  as an indigenous people within the performance arena. Kapa Haka teaches and infuses values such as respect, self discipline, confidence and whanaungatanga.
 Learning of Te Reo Maori at Nayland College also supports students to understand their personal place in the world. This may be especially important for those students who identify as Māori and for whom te reo Māori is a second language. For these students, the enhanced sense of connection to a rich cultural heritage can be deeply empowering.


To find out more contact Chanel Ngaruhe (