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Mâori Boarding Schools Make Difference for Maori!

Press Release - 10 June 2003

NCEA Proves that Mâori Boarding Schools
Make an Educational Difference for Maori!

“It’s official,” says Atawhai Tibble, CE of Paerangi Limited. “ The 2002 NCEA results confirm that the Mâori boarding schools make a significant educational difference for Mâori kids. And we even show up the posh schools!”

Tibble, 35, is the CE of a company owned by the six remaining Mâori boarding schools. He is working to help reposition the schools in the highly competitive secondary school market and has spent the last week on the NZQA website analysing the data of the Mâori boarding schools and comparing the results to other schools with high Mâori student rolls and is impressed.

“The data available on the NZQA website shows that five of our six schools, rank next to, and even higher than some of the best schools in NZ in terms of students who sat and achieved NCEA level 1 last year.”

“We also do a great job teaching Mâori students – better than most mainstream schools. Two schools in particular – a boys and a girls Mâori boarding school - are in the top schools in NZ in terms of the percentage of NCEA standards achieved by Mâori students.”

Tibble says the statistics only paint half the picture – you also need to understand the context and philosophy of the Mâori boarding schools.

“Let’s be honest. Even with the reintroduction of zoning, the so-called ‘top’ secondary schools screen do their best to screen kids out. Brown means bad. Yet we have a high performing, low decile school with a large percentage of students that mainstream schools would class ‘at risk’. So our schools are delivering school results with kids that even Kings and Auckland Grammar can’t compete with!”

“This confirms our view. When things are working, Mâori students excel within a Mâori boarding school environment.”

For further information, contact:

Atawhai Tibble

CE, Paerangi Limited

Ph 04 470 6065


Secondary School League Table - NCEA Results 2002

School Average credits

per student

(pass = 80) % achieved % merit % excellence No. sitting NCEA % achieved NCEA

level 1
Woodford House 83.1 44.5 31.8 9.7 47 93.6
Lindisfarne 98.2 40.7 31.6 12.8 56 89.3
Wanganui Collegiate School 78.2 39.8 32.3 12.5 102 87.3
Hato Paora College 95.1 40.1 20.4 6.9 56 85.7
St Joseph’s MGC 87.8 42.7 27.5 10.9 42 81.0
Rotorua BHS 73.9 46.4 23.8 8.3 112 78.6
Hato Petera College 82.0 46.0 16.4 6.0 24 70.8
Auckland Girls Grammar 98.7 40.3 23.6 8.9 231 70.6
Turakina MGC 62.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 43 69.8
Hukarere 59.1 43.4 13.5 5.5 19 68.4
Napier Boys' High School 63.6 43.1 20.2 5.3 196 65.3
Auckland Boys Grammar 79.0 42.3 27.6 7.0 309 60.8
Hoani Waititi 79.4 41.8 16.5 4.8 7 57.1
Hastings’s Boys 50.2 42.9 16.0 4.2 93 47.3
Te Aute College 50.2 33.7 10.5 2.3 46 45.7
Lytton High School 67.1 46.0 17.8 5.6 129 35.7
Ngata College 53.8 41.2 11.6 0.4 11 18.2


Note: This table shows the NCEA Level 1 results of a number of schools, including the six Mâori boarding schools. The schools have been chosen because they either have a large percentage of Mâori pupils, or, alternatively, the public sees them as “top” schools.

NCEA 2002 – Mâori Students & Achievement Standards

Total no Mâori in School who sat standards % standards achieved by Mâori in the School % standards achieved by Mâori students nationally
St Joseph’s Mâori Girls’ College 51 81.9 58.2
Rotorua Boys High School 209 81.4 58.2
Hato Paora College 58 78.7 58.2
Trident High School 81 70.7 58.2
Ngata Memorial College 53 70.6 58.2
Palmerston North Boy’s College 22 69.0 58.2
Hato Petera 40 66.1 58.2
Auckland Grammar 7 62.2 58.2
St Pats Silverstream 20 60.3 58.2
Te Aute College 93 59.6 58.2
Hukarere 26 58.7 58.2
Wellington College 27 58.4 58.2
St Johns (Hastings) 30 54.7 58.2
Lytton High School 168 50.8 58.2
Tikipunga High School 56 47.8 58.2
Turakina MGC 74 47.7 58.2
Western Heights 163 47.6 58.2
Feilding High School 64 46.7 58.2
Cullinane College 32 44.1 58.2
Aranui High School 76 36.7 58.2


Note: This table shows the results of Mâori students within the Mâori boarding schools and a number of other schools and, in particular, the % of standards achieved by Mâori at these schools. The table shows total number of Mâori who sat standards (per school and nationally) and the % of standards achieved by these students. Note that students sit a number of standards every year. Note that these students are from years 11 – 13.

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