Te Whanau Akoranga o Rakaihautu
The Learning Family of the Rakaihautu area
Te Whanau Akoranga o Raikaihautu
Belonging, Learning and Growing together
Celebrating our Culture, History and Environment
Create a connected community of lifelong learners with a clear identity to be proud of.
Develop a shared philosophy/vision of learning supported by curriculum and PLD for all – a beacon for others to emulate.
Rākaihautū was a leader (kaihautū), explorer and creator who shaped the island we live in and personifies the qualities and characteristics we want to cultivate in our whānau.
Rākaihautū was the first ancestor of the Waitaha people, who are considered in Ngāi Tahu tradition to be the first tribal group to occupy Te Waipounamu. Rakaihautu lit the fires of occupation in this island. With his ko (digging stick) he carved out the lakes and rivers in Te Wai Pounamu. It was through Rākaihautū and his descendants that the land was named and therefore claimed. He was a leader (kaihautū), explorer and creator who shaped the Island we live in.
Through his explorations with his digging tool, Tuwhakarōria, he created and formed various mountains, lakes and rivers. This is depicted by the four strands within the design – moko whenua – the etchings of our ancestors on this land.
Rakaihautu shaped our world just as we encourage our tamariki and their whānau to ultimately take up their ko (digging tool) and confidently carve out new worlds for themselves.
Our leadership team is drawn from representatives from each of our centres and also includes lead teachers and Ministry of Education Senior Advisors:
Ray is the principal of Akaroa Area School e: email@example.com
Brigid is the board of trustees chairperson Akaroa Area School. e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lara is the Deputy Principal of Akaroa Area School. e: email@example.com
Charlotte is the Co-ordinator for Akaroa Playcentre. e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yvonne is the headteacher for Banks Peninsula Plunket Community Preschool. e: email@example.com
Jan is principal of Duvauchelle School. e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaz is the lead teacher for Duvauchelle School. e: email@example.com
Christian is the principal of Little River School. e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim is principal at Okains Bay School. e: email@example.com
Garry is the board of trustees chair at Okains Bay School. e: firstname.lastname@example.org