Tena Koutou e te Whanau
My name is Rawiri Wihapi and I am delighted to be at Mokoia Intermediate. I am both honoured and excited to be the Principal of a school which supports change, builds whanaungatanga (relationships), cares for wellbeing (hauora) and is developing a culture of learning for academic excellence.
I am married with two adult children. I am of Tainui and Te Arawa descent. I have been a principal for 19 years and a teacher for the past 30 years. I have a passion for teaching, learning and education. I do my best to support, encourage and be a voice for our Mokoia community, especially our tamariki.
I believe we should strive to do our personal best to achieve the highest possible standards of learning in all endeavours that life has to offer. I am committed to being a visible, approachable and transparent principal who forms strong relationships with students, parents, community, local hapu and staff by maintaining high levels of communication and positive, progressive engagement.
I believe in our Vision Statement:
The needs of ākonga (students) are at the heart of all that we do at Mokoia Intermediate School.
We have the highest expectations of our students and ourselves. We expect staff and students to model all values of Mokoia Intermediate from our 'Te Tihi o Mana' model. We expect that we will all try the diverse opportunities offered at Mokoia Intermediate.
At Mokoia Intermediate, your child can look forward to making excellent academic progress, having fun and getting involved in a wide range of new areas of learning, developing social and citizenship skills and being well prepared for secondary school. We look forward to working with you, your child and whanau.
Matua Rawiri Wihapi