A Message From Tumuaki, Tanea Heke Regarding Covid-19

Pitopito Kōrero


April 8, 2020


Toi Whakaari

E āku nui, e āku rahi, e ngā mana, e ngā reo e ngā karangatanga maha. Tēnā koutou katoa. 

He waka eke noa!

I hope you and your whānau are safe and well inside your ‘bubbles’.


As you know, to comply with the COVID-19 lockdown, Toi Whakaari started the Easter break early and closed on 24 March. 

What’s happening

You’ll be pleased to know that our tutors have remained in contact with students throughout the break. Since the school closed our staff have been developing programmes for remote learning using CANVAS, our student learning management system. 

Term Two moves online

Our tutors will start teaching Term Two remotely from Tuesday 14 April running through to Friday, 15 June. Given the challenges of working from home and the nature of our mahi, there will be some changes to our timetables and the way we present our productions.  We’re feeling confident that we’re up for the challenge.

Returning to Te Whaea

We look forward to returning to Te Whaea as soon as we are able. This will be determined by the COVID-19 Alert System, which currently sits at Level 4 – a state of national emergency.

The health and safety of our people (staff, students and manuhiri) remains our top priority. Therefore, once lockdown is lifted and it’s safe to return to Te Whaea, we will.

Term Three is scheduled from Monday, 6 July to Friday, 28 August.


Should you need to contact our team, we can be reached on the following email addresses/numbers:

Tanea Heke – Director tanea.heke@toiwhakaari.ac.nz 021 886 972

Craig Atkins – Registrar craig.atkins@toiwhakaari.ac.nz 021 0826 2095


Nā reira e te iwi, kia haumaru te noho, kia ū ki te rāhui.  Kia kaha rā tātou katoa.

Tanea Heke

Tumuaki, Te Kura Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa