Whangarei Boys High School

Whangarei Boys High School

Kōtuku ki te Rangi

Are you aware that Kōtuku ki te Rangi is for everyone?

Kia ora koutou

Kōtuku ki te Rangi is known by Māori, as the white heron, the bird that ascends to the heavens. This bird is like a rare taonga to Māori as it signifies truth, purity, aspirations and hope.  It was chosen by our whānau to remind us that we can aspire to anything if we set our sights high. Our rangatahi must be encouraged to follow their aspirations. With support from our whānau roopu, anything is possible!

Kōtuku ki te Rangi is a group of whānau members who have come together to support our tamariki at Whangarei Boys’ High School (WBHS) to succeed – both academically and culturally.  Our roopu aims to assist the school to focus on strong and effective student achievement outcomes for our tamariki Māori, to assist better relationships/communication between the school and whānau and to make sure our whānau voice is heard and our language, culture and identity acknowledged and valued.

We meet every second Tuesday of the month in the staffroom at WBHS at 6.00pm.




Ka mate kāinga tahi, ka ora kāinga rua.  There is more than one way to achieve an objective.

Contact: Allister Gilbert:   a.gilbert@wbhs.school.nz