The most important contribution parents, the community and iwi can make is to educate our young people. Education is the doorway to opportunity and every child regardless of gender, ethnicity or socio economic background deserves the best education that can be provided. The future of an individual, whānau, community and iwi relies almost solely upon the contribution that can be made to their prosperity and this will come from educated young people.

Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru provides an opportunity to future proof the education of all Rotorua learners and will make an essential contribution to make Rotorua a great place to learn. A place where people will want to come because they have heard of the quality of the learning that takes place within the district kura and schools.


Teachers will want to come because of the quality learning environment that prevails across the district. Businesses’ will want to come because of the pool of talented learners to fill positions as future employees and the iwi who are already here and have been for centuries will feel a sense of fulfillment in all that they have invested in.


Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru is a very focused and practical way of making that happen. NPeW sees bringing together the best of teacher practice coupled with an appropriate future focused learning pedagogy with endorsement and support from parents, caregivers community business and iwi.

Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru o Te Arawa refers to the eight beating hearts (children) of Rangitihi, one of our illustrious chiefs,.

Rangitihi was the great-great grandson of Tamatekapua, and was arguably one of our most influential chiefs of the time. The descendants of Rangitihi's eight children make up the Te Arawa iwi and hapū of today.

This whakatauākī (proverb), which embraces all of the hapū and iwi of Te Arawa, underpins the inclusive approach taken by our initiative

Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru. This initiative will bring all schools, learners, iwi, communities and whānau of Rotorua together to share a common kaupapa – one that is connected, future focused and centered on learner achievement. 

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