Porirua College

Whiti Te Ra - The Rising Sun

Cultural Activities

Porirua College is a proudly multicultural school with a fantastic Maori  and Pacific focus and as part of our cultural enrichment we incorporate Maori and Pacific ways of doing things into the life of the school.  We express this through Dance, Waiata, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Words and Music.  As well as in our comings and goings we use Maori and Pacific protocols.

We have the largest number of cultural groups that perform in the annual Polyfest Competition.

Our cultural groups include Tongan, Cook Island Maori, Kapa Haka, Tokelauan, Samoan, Niuean and Tuvaluan.  Polyfest photos can also be seen in the Picture Galleries.


Performing Arts:  The College has a strong tradition in the Performing Arts learning areas and we have both Performing Arts and Maori Performing Arts.  With a large pool of talent and a community that understands the use of performance and cultural ceremony we are able to shine on stage and on those occasions of weighty moments where tradition, history, language and culture are needed to give that time its due importance.  We mark those moments well.

We have regular school productions and musicals and regular noho marae for Maori Performing Arts to learn in the best cultural setting.  


Music and the Visual Arts:  Music Performance is another aspect of our school community which is well embedded in the life of the College and its families.  We regularly compete with success at the annual Pasefika Beats competitions and have competed at the Big Sing choral performance events.

Visual Art is a popular learning area - Art Photography, Art Design and Painting have good success at NCEA Levels 2 & 3.  Students then go on to study design at tertiary level in quite high numbers.