Talofa, Kia Orana, Malo e lelei, Nisa Bula, Fakalofa lahi atu, Kia Ora koutou and warm Pasifika greetings for 2014. It has been a ‘hard and fast’ Term 1. It was ‘hard’ in the sense that students and teachers had to deal with Polyfest practices, as well as handling school work. Overall our Pasifika students represented the school with great Respect and Responsibility and have done our community proud. And although it has been a longer than usual term, it has certainly whizzed by. In 2014, Pasifika learning and achievement continues to be central to Mangere College. We have completed the AUT initiative, kept the Vaka o Manū name and now work alongside the Ministry in a project called SAF (Student Achievement Function). SAF aims ‘to accelerate student achievement. The focus is on building school/kura capability to enable significant change which will be sustainable over time and benefit all students, especially priority groups; Maori students, Pasifika students and students with special educational needs.’ Our target group will be 10SA, with the intention to branch out to the entire school at the end of the project time.
Finally, here is the statistical data on our students this year:



Mangere College is a school at the heart of its community. The board and staff celebrate the school’s multicultural composition. In particular, the school acknowledges the significant Pasifika student community, and staff emphasise a strong sense of whanau, aiga and family within the college. This work was affirmed by the Education Review Office (ERO) report of 2012:

Pacific identity and pride are strengths in the school. Samoan, Cook Island Mäori and Tongan are the major pacific groups and each of these languages, together with te reo Mäori is offered in the school’s curriculum. The school’s emphasis on language, culture and identity has been enhanced by the recent development of a new languages learning centre… The school provides an attractive educational setting and is well supported by parents and the local community.

Pasifika breakdown

The ERO Report of November 2012 gave the student numbers and details:

School roll:


Gender composition

Girls 51%
Boys 49%

Ethnic   composition Māori
Cook Island Māori