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Student Life

Māori and Pasifika

Kia ora, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Fakalofa, Mālō Ni, Kia Orana, Bula!

Westlake Girls High School (Te Kura Tuarua o ngā Taitamawāhine o Ururoto) has a Māori and a Pasifika mentoring programme. Each Māori and Pasifika student is assigned a teacher-mentor who meets with them throughout the year to assist them to reach their goals.

Our mentors are caring individuals who move alongside our young people to encourage them to reach their unique potential by motivating, guiding, and empowering them to be confident and resilient, enabling them to tap into their strengths to overcome challenges.

We host a Māori Hui Evening and Pasifika Fono Evening with students and their whānau once a Term in Terms 1, 2 and 3.

Māori Mentors Pasifika Mentors
Miss Kathleen Beckett – PE and Health Ms Rachel Bickerstaffe – Deputy Principal
Me Eddie Hudson – Te Reo Māori Ms Francis Farmer – Counsellor
Ms Karen Kennedy – Te Reo Māori Ms April Ieremia – Director of Sport
Mrs Bethan Meikle – Technology Ms Nikki Jenkins – PE Department
Ms Ria Nathu – Sports Manager Ms Fiona Mackie – Teacher/Librarian
Ms Olga Pascan – English Ms Pauline Misa – Science
Ms Donna Pike – Assistant Principal Ms Donna Pike – Assistant Principal
Miss Tee Scott – Te Reo Māori Mrs Miriam Robinson – Counsellor
Ms Ella Wilson – Social Sciences Mrs Jane Stanley – Principal
  Ms Toa Tanimo – PE Department

Cultural Experiences:

We celebrate Māori Language week and all Pasifika Language Weeks through the year.

Pasifika Performance Evening – Term 3.

Nga Rangatira mo Apōpō Leadership Programme – this programme supports and assist our students in preparing to be leaders for tomorrow.

P.I.L.O.T programme – Pacific Island Leaders of Tomorrow, 5 students at each of Year 11, 12 and 13 are invited to attend to develop their leadership skills and connect with student leaders from other schools.

Ngā Manu Kōrero is regarded as the most significant event on the Māori education calendar for nurturing the oratory skills and providing the stage for young people to express their views and to lay down their challenges to an admiring and critical audience of peers, parents, whānau and judges.

Kapa Haka – we have a competitive Kapa Haka Group who compete in Polyfest, and other competitions and we are looking to establish a non-competitive Kapa Haka Group.

For more information on our mentoring programmes please contact:

Ms Karen Kennedy E:

Mrs Miriam Robinson E:

Matua Eddie Hudson E:

Open Evening 2024

Open Evening for students wanting to enrol at Westlake Girls for 2025

We will hold an Open Evening for those considering enrolling at Westlake Girls in 2025 on Tuesday, 23 July. There will be a brief talk at 4 pm and repeated at 6 pm in our Event Centre. These talks will then be followed by guided tours of the school. All are welcome. No need to book; just come along.

Classes finish at 2.20pm to allow for setup.