Hoani Waititi Marae, Auckland's largest pan tribal urban Marae is also home to a decile 3 Kura with a roll count of 196 students. TKKM o Hoani Waititi Marae are the first Kura Kaupapa Maori in West Auckland to grasp the opportunity to receive a fully funded water fountain. The students have put their own spin on how they want to extend a wai/water wero to other Kura nationwide.
Hoani student Tuake Pohatu-Ryder lead his fellow students in a Haka he wrote that highlights the Kura's commitment to drinking Wai which they performed to whanau and community as a wero to Maori to do the same – with the purpose of promoting the importance of making their kura ‘pro water’.
Te whanau o He Oranga Poutama linked Healthy Families Waitakere with the Kura to strengthen and action Hoani's desire to become a self sustained healthier environment for their whanau. After helping the Kura start their journey of creating a changed environment with edible vegetable gardens, we disrupted the system of social services offered to low decile schools to influence the provision of their services to support the Kura. Students now have access to food and clothing to enable them to stay at school.
More recently we secured funding from The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF) to provide the water fountain to the Kura and 11 other schools in West Auckland. This is the first time the Foundation have funded an initiative like this.
The Hoani Waititi Board of Trustees acknowledged that the water fountain featuring an image of Kitekite Falls was well utilized by the students. Therefore, they made a decision to fund another two fountains making wai more accessible to whanau and students of the Kura.
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Image: Rangatahi performing their haka to community at TKKM o Hoani Waititi Marae