Ngata
Equity and Social Justice

Ngata House is named after Sir Apirana Ngata.  Āpirana Ngata (1874–1950), of Ngāti Porou, was born at Te Araroa on the East Coast of the North Island. He graduated from Te Aute College and later completed a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a law degree. He was the first Māori to complete a degree at a New Zealand University and became the first in New Zealand, Māori or Pākehā, to obtain a double degree. He returned to the East Coast and was involved in improving Māori social and economic conditions.

The Ngata House values are Equity and Social Justice.  Sir Apirana Ngata worked very hard as a young man on his education and returned home to help his people.  His efforts were so that Maori were given the same opportunities as all people.  This is where the idea of Equity comes from.  He believed everyone should be able to access what they need in order to succeed.  He also believed in fairness for all people.  This is the idea of Social Justice where distribution and fairness of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society are the same for all people.


“E tipu e rea mō ngā rā o tō ao

Ko tō ringa ki ngā rākau a te Pākehā

Hei ora mō te tinana

Ko tō ngākau ki ngā tāonga a ō tïpuna Māori

Hei tikitiki mō tō māhuna Ko tō wairua ki tō atua, Nānā nei ngā mea katoa.”


Grow and branch forth for the days destined to you

Your hands to the tools of the Pākehā for the welfare of your body

Your heart to the treasures of your ancestors as adornments for your brow

Your spirit to God, who made all things


Ngata House Goals:

  • Be proud of who you are and where you come from.
  • Do your very best at school and in your life outside of school.
  • Push yourself to do more.  
  • Get more involved at school.
  • Enjoy the opportunities the school offers.
  • Treat everyone with respect.  
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Kaiārahi:  Lizzie Plodek (lizziep@opotikicol.school.nz)​​​​​​​

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