He Paku Whakamārama
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is a hapū (sub-tribe) of Ngāti Whātua. Committed to providing quality early learning for pepī (babies) and nohinohi (toddlers), Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei established the early learning centre, Te Puna Reo Okahukura in 2007.
Te Puna Reo Okahukura takes its name from a place in the Kaipara Harbour, Tāporapora, that was close to the last ancient whare wānanga of Ngāti Whātua.
Te Puna Reo Okahukura is an accredited early learning centre that is registered for 50 tamariki and offers 20 hours for tamariki 3 years and older.
Te Puna Reo Okahukura encourages whānau input and feedback with regard to policies, curriculum, learning and teaching strategies, teacher performance, management performance and tamariki performance are an integral part of our kaupapa.
The vision for Te Puna Reo Okahukura is to be centre of excellence where Te Reo Māori and our Ngāti Whātua Orākei identity is strong.
Although it was originally opened as a bilingual education institution, with respect to the many whānau who could not yet engage in a conversation in te reo Māori with their tamariki, it was always the intention of the iwi to have our Puna Reo become a total immersion Māori kura as they strive to meet the needs of the hapū.