The Whirinaki Kāhui Ako currently comprises nine schools located in northern Hawkes Bay.

We have named ourselves ‘Whirinaki’ – a term which, in English, means to support or to depend on. Our kāhui ako name, therefore, reflects our desire to both work towards the values and aspirations of our local community and to support each other as we do so.

Our whakatauki “Whirinaki ka eke ki runga” translates as “let us bind together to attain heights” and expresses our desire to work as a community to lift the achievement of all our learners.

There are currently over 1900 students in our nine schools.

The schools are: one co-educational secondary school Karamu High School, four full primary schools: Maraekakaho School, Meeanee School, St Joseph’s School, Twyford School and four contributing schools: Clive School, Mayfair School, Pakowhai School, Riverslea School.

All schools are state schools with the exception of St Joseph’s School which is a state integrated Catholic School. There are a range of rural, semi-rural and urban schools in Whirinaki CoL. The member schools are situated mainly in the Hastings district with one school situated in the Napier district.

Many of the principals have worked together previously but the formalisation of the Whirinaki Kāhui Ako signifies a commitment to develop a shared culture of critical reflection, evidence-based internal evaluation and collaboration.

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Whirinaki Kahui Ako Vision

To collaborate by using data analysis, shared expertise and timely intervention to improve the outcomes for all learners while still recognising and supporting individual school communities.