Te Rā Whakapūmau 2019

October 08, 2019

On this page:

Before graduation
- Preparing for graduation
- The Te Wānanga o Raukawa app
- Accommodation

Graduation day
- Parking
- Programme
- Marshalling
- Photography
- Activities
- Te Kawa o Te Ako

Graduation map

Graduation book

Graduation contacts

Whakapiripiri mai, whakatatatata mai.

E tata mai ana te pae he wā tōna i tawhiti. Ko te mea i tata kua tūturu whakamaua. 
E ngā ākonga, e te iwi whānui, kia tina i a tātou ngā pae e rua nei ki tātou Whakapūmau e kainamu mai nei, kia haumi ē, kia hui ē, kia tāiki ē!  

Te Whakapūmau is the most anticipated day of the year at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. It is a celebration of you and your achievements. It is a day to acknowledge your hard work, determination and persistence and the unswerving support of your whānau and friends. It is an important step towards achieving your dreams and aspirations.  This is your day and we are proud to celebrate it with you.  This year, Te Rā Whakapūmau is celebrated on: 

Rāhoroi i te tuawhitu o Hakihea 2019 - Saturday 7 December 2019 
Ngā Purapura, 145 Tasman Road, Ōtaki  
It will begin at 9.30am with a karanga 

Before graduation 

Make sure that you can graduate. Graduating is conditional on completing and passing all your papers, returning any library books and resolving any outstanding payments or debts. If you are unsure, please contact your course kāikōkiri/administrator to make sure you will be graduating. 

Preparing for graduation  

To help us with the preparations for graduation, please ensure you contact the kaikōkiri/administrator of your course well before Saturday 7 December to confirm your attendance, your iwi details, let us know how many whānau and friends you will be bringing and if you have any accommodation needs.  All graduating students must be in attendance at the pōwhiri before 9.30am. 

Download the Te Wānanga o Raukawa app 

Keep up to date with graduation news leading up to Te Rā Whakapūmau and the graduation ceremony on the day by downloading the 'SchoolsAppsNz' app from your device’s app store. Look for our green tohu and add 'Te Wānanga o Raukawa'. 


Accommodation is available for those travelling from outside Kāpiti, Wellington, Horowhenua, Manawatū and Rangitikei. For those arriving on Friday, 6 December there will be a pōwhiri for you at 5pm at the Wānanga 

Graduation Day  


This year parking will be available at Te Wānanga o Raukawa with entry from Te Rauparaha Street and the Ōtaki township in the following areas: 

  • Behind the Ōtaki Museum, access from Main St or Rangatira St 
  • By the Ōtaki RSA, access from Raukawa St 
  • Rangiātea Church, access from Te Rauparaha St 

Kaumātua can be dropped off at the venue.  Shuttles will be available to help transport those who need it. Please follow the signs and directions from Te Wānanga o Raukawa staff. Remember to arrive in plenty of time to walk from your park to Ngā Purapura for the karanga at 9.30am. 


The programme will start promptly at 9.30am with karanga followed immediately by the karakia whakapūmau and the announcement and acknowledgement of all graduates.  Download the SchoolsAppsNZ’ and connect to the Te Wānanga o Raukawa app or check out our Facebook page to stay up to date with where proceedings are at throughout the day.  The day will conclude with a hākari at 3.00pm. 


Graduands will be invited to the stage to receive your certificates. Presentations will be in order of tohu (Poupou, Heke, Poutuarongo, Poutāhū, Tāhuhu), then by venue as outlined in the graduation programme. 

Please assemble in the marshalling area at the side of the stage 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the calling of your tohu. At the marshalling area, please check in with the marshals who will confirm your details. You will then be called to the stage to receive your tohu. Please listen and arrive promptly to have your qualification presented by Ngā Purutanga Mauri and Kaihautū.  Download the ‘SchoolsAppsNZ’ and connect to the Te Wānanga o Raukawa app or check out our Facebook page to stay up to date with where proceedings are at throughout the day.    

On stage you will be greeted by Ngā Purutanga Mauri and your Kaihautū, and you will receive your qualification and a taonga. Taonga are gifted by Ngā Purutanga Mauri on the day of graduation and only those that attend a ceremony will receive a taonga.  


Both formal and informal photographs will be taken on the day. Formal graduation portraits will be available in Ngā Purapura throughout the day. The cost for a digital portrait is $10 and must be paid for on the day. Your photograph(s) will be emailed to you before Christmas. Any other photographs from Te Rā Whakapūmau will be uploaded on to our Facebook page during the week following graduation.



There will be kai stalls hosted by the local Kura and Kōhanga Reo outside the main graduation venue if you would like to purchase food. There will also be a supervised children’s area for tamariki to play. A parent or caregiver will need to be in attendance. 

The Promotions tent will be running activities throughout the day. Make sure you and your whānau check them out for the latest prospectus, information on 2020 scholarships and if you are keen, enrolling or re-enrolling with usYou will also be able to purchase Wānanga merchandise and books from the Te Wānanga o Raukawa publishing house, Te Tākupu. 

Te Kawa o Te Ako 

The marae is our principal home to be maintained and respected. It is expected that Te Kawa o Te Ako will be observed, respected and supported at all times. Smoking, vaping, the consumption of alcohol and the use of drugs are to be refrained from while at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. 


Graduation Map



Graduation book  

Download a copy of the pdf Te Wānanga o Raukawa Graduation Book 2019 (1.78MB)

Graduation contacts  

For any information about Te Whakapūmau or to update your details please contact the Te Tomonga (Office of Enrolments) or your course kaikōkiri/administrator on 0800 926 2642  

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