Kia Aroha College’s kaupapa/philosophy and our goal of “Developing Warrior-Scholars” is built around the following components:

Our Designated-Character

Our designated-character sets out how we are DIFFERENT from regular state schools.Our Graduate Profiles

Our Graduate Profiles make clear what SUCCESS “as” Maori, Samoan and Tongan learners looks like at Kia Aroha College.


Tino Rangatiratanga/Self-Determination is WHY we do what we do at Kia Aroha College. This rationale is encapsulated in the 12 “principles to live by” developed by our Maori, Samoan and Tongan programmes. These ‘creeds’ are tools to scaffold our learners into a positive future as lifelong learners. Self-determination is about the ongoing cycle of conscientising, resisting and transforming (Smith, 2004).

Our Power Lenses Learning Model

The Power Lenses model is HOW we do what we do at Kia Aroha College. This learning approach includes an Integrated Curriculum, our thinking about achievement and assessment and the engagement of our students in learning that is critical and culturally responsive.


Ginwright, S. (2009) Black Youth Rising: Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America
Smith, G. (2004). Mai i te māramatanga, ki te putanga mai o te tahuritanga: From conscientization to transformative praxis.




A Pedagogy of Whanau

Whanau/Family and a pedagogy that develops relationships of trust and mutual respect is the “glue” that CONNECTS everything together. A pedagogy of whanau includes support, community and leadership.

The Four “C”s of Radical Healing

Ginwright (2009) defines the four “Cs” of radical healing as “Caring relationships, Consciousness, Community, and Culture.” Radical healing involves “developing pedagogical spaces of resistance and resiliency that lead to improvements in teaching and learning for youth of colour in the midst of structural inequity.”  In Kia Aroha College’s pedagogy these concepts are closely linked to the restoration of indigenous knowledge, which is even more essential than ever for the future of indigenous communities, but which get left out of our conversations about 21st Century learning. Radical Healing develops critical hope and Warrior-Scholars.