Māori at Shirley Boys’ High School

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Māori Heritage

At Shirley Boys High School we strive to provide an educational environment for young Māori men, which is integrated into the core philosophies of Shirley.

As our school, including the staff, parent and student community , journey together towards the construction of a new school, built for 21st Century New Zealanders, it is vital that we improve our practices to suit people of a diverse background.

We have three goals with regards to Māori learners at SBHS

  1. Increase the academic achievement of Māori Learners by supporting both staff, in their teaching practice, and students, in their learning.
  2. Advance meaningful connections between the school and Māori families and communities.
  3. Improve the social engagement of Māori learners, both in and beyond the school, for example, through leadership and citizenship.


Over the last couple of years, we have developed a Māori and Pasifika Development team, with several staff having responsibility for this important area of the school.

To work alongside the staff and the board, we also have established a Shirley Boys’ Whanau Committee and a Rangatahi group for Māori student leaders.

The contacts for these groups are below:

Pesefea, Ulimasao

Uli Pasefea

Director of Māori and Pasifika Achievement & Within School Teacher for Culturally Responsive Practice
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Ext: 429


Louise Richards
Assistant Principal, Relationships
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Ext: 378

Rask, Hone

Hone Rask
Teacher of Te Reo Māori
Māori Cultural Development
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Ext: 442