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Young Men Taking Their Place in the World

Te Ara Poutama is the name of the whare at Nelson College. The name derives from the proverb that relates to Tāne obtaining the three baskets of knowledge and underpins the aspirations we have for our students.

Kotahi tonu te hiringa i kake ai a Tāne ki Tikitiki o Rangi, ko te hiringa i te mahara.
There was but one power which enabled Tāne to ascend to the heavens to obtain the three baskets of knowledge and bring enlightenment to humankind, it was the power of the mind.

Te Ara Poutama is a place dedicated to the promotion of the Te reo Māori me ōna tikanga – the Māori language and culture at Nelson College.


  • Current Events

  • Te Reo Māori

    Ngā akomanga reo Māori – Te Reo Māori classes

    All Te Reo Māori classes take place in Te Ara Poutama. Te Reo can be taken from Year 7 to Year 13, also providing for those aspiring to attain
    NCEA Levels 1 -3.

  • Kapa Haka

    Video Link to the Kapa Haka group at the National competitions

    Practices are held once a week during lunchtime. The group performs regularly at school functions and events, such as prize givings, pōwhiri, and assemblies. All Whānau homeroom students are expected to participate, but it is open to all at Nelson College.

    Those wishing to extend themselves are encouraged to also join Te Rourou Kura, which is a combined secondary schools group that represents our region at the Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua National competitions.

    All Whānau homeroom students are expected to participate but it is open to all at Nelson College.

  • Pasifika Cultural Group

    Practices are also held once a week during lunchtime. This group regularly performs at school and community events such as the talent quest, assemblies and cultural diversity days. The Pasifika Cultural group is always striving to excel in the performing arts, and will attend Polyfest.

  • Pacific Polyfest

    2018 Canterbury Pacific Polyfest

    Nelson College Pasifika Performance Group represented the school for the first time at the Canterbury Polyfest. They were amongst 19 schools from the Canterbury region. One of the smallest groups at the event with 20 students, they performed a combination of Samoan, Tongan and Maori cultural song and dance. They were well received by the very large crowd and Pasifika community, especially the singing harmonies. The school is extremely proud of the 20 young men and we plan for this to be an annual event.


    Isaiah Malaulau – Group Leader


       Api Filiai – Nelson College Staff Member


  • Kī o Rahi


    This traditional Māori game with a background in legend is a mix of handball, touch and ripper rugby on a circular field. It is an exciting game to watch as there is a lot of action in a short period of time. Nelson College recently hosted the inaugural Junior TSS regional competition winning the boys division and the senior mixed champions with NCG for the past 3 years.

    Kī o Rahi has been part of the junior Headmasters Cup competition since 2016.

  • Ngā Manu Kōrero Speech Competition

    This event has been running for over 50 years and it is an exciting forum for young people to express their views on a range of topics. Nelson College has long participated at regional and national levels with reasonable success.


  • Whānau Homeroom

    Wayne Hippolite


    Belonging to the Whānau Homeroom is an option for all students at Nelson College. There is a Whānau Homeroom at every Year Level with the home base in Te Ara Poutama. Here, the full Whānau Homeroom collective gather at least once a week. One of the major focus points of the Whānau Homeroom system is to encourage public speaking by our young men. Compulsory elements are participating in Manu Kōrero and Kapa haka.


  • Rūnanga Mātua

    The Rūnanga Mātua is the collective of parents of our Māori, Pasifika and Whānau homeroom students that meets once a term. This is a space for parents to be informed and to consider how they can support and be effective in the education that their sons receive at Nelson College.


  • Key Priorities in Raising Achievement for Maori