Questions & Answers

What changes happened in 2011?

Te Whānau o Tupuranga is a Māori, bilingual, Year 7 to 13 secondary school. In 2007 Clover Park parents asked the Board of Trustees to find a way for their older children to stay on our campus in their Samoan, Tongan, and Cook Island programmes right through to Year 13 as well. In order to achieve this the Minister of Education suggested that the two schools merge into one school – still with two distinct strands:

  • Te Whānau o Tupuranga: Year 7 to 13 bilingual Māori education
  • Fanau Pasifika: Year 7 to 13 bilingual Samoan, Tongan and Cook Islands Māori education

What if I want to enrol my child for 2018 or 2019 in Years 7 to 13?

Please contact the school office at any time during the day or phone 09 2745807 to have enrolment forms posted to you, or bring your child to the school office to arrange enrolment.

Where does the name Kia Aroha College come from?

Kia Aroha means “through love/caring.” It was the motto for Clover Park from the time it opened in 1981. It is the name given by kaumatua in 2001 for our school marae. It therefore keeps a piece of the history of both schools. It also reflects the way we work on our combined school campus where we think it is important to develop positive, caring relationships.

What has happened to the name Clover Park Middle School?

Clover Park is a name that has served us well, but it doesn’t reflect what we do in our school in 2011 and so it will no longer be used. The Pasifika languages strand of Kia Aroha College will be named Fanau Pasifika. The names for our current bilingual programmes will stay the same: Lumana’i (Samoan), Kimiora (Cook Islands), Fonuamalu (Tongan).

How is the College organised?

Students work in three year group ‘bands’ as well as in their bilingual teams. This organisation enables students to work together across the bilingual programmes at times, as well as learning in their own language and English.




Years 7 to 9
(Forms 1 to 3)


Years 10 to 11
(Forms 4 & 5)


Years 12 to 13
(Forms 6 & 7)

NCEA from Years 10 to 13

Fonuamalu (Tongan)
Lumana’i (Samoan)
Whakairo (Māori)
Kowhaiwhai (Māori)
Tukutuku (Māori & Pasifika) In 2018 our senior students work together sometimes and in their bilingual units at other times


When does the school day start and finish?

The School works from 8:45am – 3:00pm Monday to Friday

How is Kia Aroha College different from other high schools?
Kia Aroha College is a “special or designated-character” secondary school. Designated-character schools have to teach the same national curriculum as all other NZ schools – but they also specialise in certain types or ways of learning. In our case the special character of Kia Aroha College is one that our community has fought for over many years.

So what are Kia Aroha College’s special types of programmes and strengths?
As well as the national curriculum in all subjects we specialise in:

  • Bilingual Learning – in English and Māori, Samoan, Tongan or Cook Islands Māori
  • Whānau/Family-based Learning. We work in the ways families do. Our teachers stay with the same small groups of students for more than one year. Our older and younger students work together with older students developing leadership and support for younger ones. We work hard at establishing positive, long term, relationships with students, parents and families, so you know us, and we know you.
  • Cultural Identity: We believe that in order to succeed in school or in life, we fist need to know who we are, and have a strong, positive cultural identity.
  • Social Justice, Critical Learning: We want our young people to be able to identify what is not fair in society and how that impacts on them, their families and their communities. We want to develop strong leaders for the future, who are not afraid to ask questions, seek answers, and who have the tools to make change for the better. We want our graduates to be what we call “Warrior Scholars” – young people who have high academic achievement, a secure cultural identity, and understand their rights and responsibilities to act as agents of change for their people, in their communities and in our society.

What does my child learn?

Years 7 to 9

Years 10 to 13

All levels learn in an integrated curriculum where learning is connected to students’ lives and cultures.

  • All NZ Curriculum subjects – Maths, English, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Health, PE/Sport, Arts
  • Own language (Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Cook Is Māori), Performing Arts
  • NZ Curriculum subjects at NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. We expect Year 13 students to achieve NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance requirements

How do I know about the quality of learning Kia Aroha College will give my child?

Kia Aroha College has very positive ERO reports, currently, and in its former status as Clover Park Middle School and Te Whanau o Tupuranga. You are very welcome to come to ask questions and to discuss this question with us.

What if I don’t want my child to learn Māori or Pasifika languages?

Bilingual learning in English and Māori, Samoan or Tongan. Māori is part of our special character and enrolling your child means you accept these conditions. All children must learn one of these languages and English.

What if my child is not Māori, Samoan or Tongan? Can they still enroll?

Definitely – as long as you accept the answer to the question above.

What if I live outside the Otara community but am interested in Kia Aroha College?

We welcome enrolments from all areas. There is no enrolment zone. The only criteria is acceptance of our special character.

What about uniform and stationery or other costs?

Please contact the School Office for current prices or check out Uniform requirements under the ‘Enrolment’ menu on this website.

Where can I get further information?

Please contact the School Office 09 2745807.