Upcoming Events

TIPENE Opening Powhiri 2024

On September 14, 2024 the opening of the new TIPENE will take place before the Orientation Camp. This is a special occasion to celebrate the past, reflect on the present and look forward to the future.  This event marks a significant milestone in the journey of the re-opening of TIPENE and will include blessing of the buildings and an opportunity to share the new spaces.  

2024 Opening Powhiri – Register Here  

TIPENE Powhiri 2025

On February 6, 2025, TIPENE will host the opening Powhiri for new tāuira, kaimahi, and whānau, signifying a pivotal moment in the kura’s re-opening journey. TIPENE warmly invites all interested parties to register and partake in this momentous event. Kindly register for the event using the link provided below.

2025 Powhiri – Register Here  

News and Articles

St Stephen's: Māori boys boarding school set to reopen after 20 years

TIPENE – St Stephen’s is situated on Auckland’s Bombay Hills and is preparing to welcome its first new cohort in 2025. The school faced a challenging period of neglect for twenty-five years but is now making a comeback, largely due to the dedication of former students and our new Tumuaki Nathan Durie & Yvette McCauland . Despite the dilapidated condition of its original walls, Harawira remains optimistic about the school’s revival, expressing both the challenges faced and the progress made.

Tipene Old Boys challenge Government’s reluctance over kura reopening

The St Stephen’s Old Boys Association has expressed concern over the Government’s apparent reluctance to approve their application to reopen the school. The school, which was closed 23 years ago, is set to reopen in February 2021 under the leadership of Nathan Durie and Yvette McCausland-Durie. Things were unclear in the Governments dealings regarding the application, which was submitted almost two years ago. In an open letter dated September 25, Joe Harawira, expressed his disappointment and frustration with the evasive and cryptic behavior.

TIPENE Kura to finally reopen after 25 year wait

The re-opening of the oldest Māori boarding school in Aotearoa, TIPENE/St Stephen’s School, is progressing positively as Nathan & Yvette, the prominent power couple has confirmed their return to oversee its re-establishment. Despite the challenges ahead, they are enthusiastic about addressing them.

“He nui ngā mahi, kua timata kē mātou ki te whakahōungia, ki te whakariterite, ki te whakaora anō ētahi o ngā where tawhito. Nō reira, āe, he nui ngā mahi. Engari, tā mātou waimarie i tēnei wā ko te poari o Tīpene me Wikitōria tērā i whakautu.” 

Te Mano o Tipene Association to help re-open St Stephen's doors

Old boys have returned to St Stephen’s School at Bombay in an emotional step towards reopening the historic school next year. The school, which educated generations of Māori leaders from 1844 until it closed in 2000, has become derelict and was used as target practice by the army, police and Fire Service for three years up to 2009. Old Boys’ Association chairman Joe Harawira, who led 40 old boys back to the school for a working bee on February 27, said the return was “a powerful experience”.