Context & Practice develops skills and understanding through the practice of collaboration, innovation and translation across contexts. It uses Tikanga Marae as a lens with which to investigate creative practice and has been specifically designed to affect the Toi Whakaari context.  Its principles help to guide the School’s inter-disciplinary learning, ethos and practice. The delivery of the Tikanga Marae model has been framed around the conceptual understanding of tūrangawaewae – foundation or place to stand from, and helps to determine the scope and sequence of the C&P curriculum over a three year model.

C&P is concerned with questions involved in performance practice, research and frameworks of engagement.


The Kōiwi model has been specifically developed within Toi Whakaari reflecting the school’s commitment to working with questions of difference – initially as a discussion around biculturalism.  It is a place where skills, ideas and practice are tested, applied and challenged. It promotes the awareness of difference and the rigour around group learning. Kōiwi is the school’s collective movement through the Tikanga Marae model.

Kōiwi is tiered learning, engaging across years and disciplines. Each session has a specific learning focus and facilitation and modelling are the primary teaching tools. It exposes us to a myriad of different lenses, and learning experiences. It is also an opportunity for the school to discover, practice and apply this movement in a regular fashion. Kōiwi are bones, frameworks of a body. Iwi is a group of people who are connected by a common purpose to move as if a singular body.

The whole School, often with other community members including graduates, meet to practice Kōiwi every Monday and Friday morning 8.30am.