Tapeka Henare

Kaihuawaere Ngaio Māori

M: 021 896 902
P: 0800 267 300
E: tapeka.henare@core-ed.ac.nz
Region: Auckland

Tapeka Henare


Level 7 Te Pinakitanga ki te reo Kairangi – Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Level 7 Bachelor of Teaching (Early Years) – Open Polytechnic
Level 7 Certificate in Treaty of Waitangi Studies – Auckland University of Technology
Level 4 Certificate in Communication Studies – Auckland University of Technology

Professional profile

Ka papa te whatitiri, ka hikohiko te uira
Kahukura ki te rangi
He aitū ka riri rongo mai ka he
Ko Ngungunu, ko Ngangana, ko Aparangi
Ko te titi o te rua
Ko te tao whakahoro, ko te tao whakawahine
Ko te tao a taku tupuna a Hineamaru
Tihei wa mauri ora!

Tapeka has come to CORE Education with a background in the public service sector and early childhood education. As a case manager and In2Work facilitator for over 5 years at Work and Income, Tapeka has gained lots of experience in communication and people management.

After having children of her own, her commitment to education began. Tapeka began her teaching journey as a kaiako at Te Mirumiru Early Childhood Education Centre amongst her people of Ngati Hine for over 7 years. It is here that she also completed her degree in Teaching (Early Years).

Since January 2019 she has been based at Mokopuna Education Services in Whangarei as a Pouarahi i te reo Māori. Te reo Māori is her first language and she is passionate about te reo Māori me ona tikanga. Tapeka believes education is the key to growing future potential leaders and strong capable human beings.

“Me pioke te matauranga, poipoia rawatia te matauranga.”


  • Te reo Māori me ona tikanga
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • Public speaker and facilitator
  • Te Whāriki Early Childhood Curriculum champion

Personal statement

I am a qualified and provisionally registered early years kaiako, always interested in challenging myself in any work environment. I am a fluent speaker of te reo Māori and just as passionate about my heritage. Whānau is very important to me, and as a proud mother of three tamariki I believe whānau should be at the forefront of thinking when progressing communities.

My experiences in life have given me a large array of skills that allow me to adapt and thrive in many situations. I am passionate about Māori development and tackling the many challenges to achieve it.

Education is also important to me, especially nurturing young healthy minds and transitioning them into positive education environments. I believe that every child has the right to access te reo Māori mē ōna tikanga and I am a strong advocate for this.