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Ngā Mātāpuna o Ngā Pākihi

Lincoln High School / Te Kura Tuarua o Waihora (The School Secondary of Lake Ellesmere) is part of the educational hub of Ngā Matapuna o Ngā Pākihi.

The Ngā Matapuna o Ngā Pākihi area falls within the takiwā of Te Taumutu Rūnanga, one of 18 Ngāi Tahu Papatipu Rūnanga, based at Te Pā o Moki Marae, Taumutu. We have an extremely strong and important relationship with Te Taumutu Rūnanga, allowing us to utilise their knowledge, prowess and strength. Te Taumutu Rūnanga is the representative body and kaitiaki (guardians) of Te Waihora and the surrounding takiwā (region), including the whole of the Selwyn District, which Lincoln High School is a part of.

Te Taumutu Rūnanga have strong interests in the Selwyn District and as part of the Education portfolio agreement, Te Taumutu is recognised as the kaitiaki of the educational institutions in the district. The takiwā (territory) of Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, the hāpu who are represented by Te Taumutu Rūnanga is centred around Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) and extends across the central part of Kā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha (the Canterbury Plains) to Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana (The Southern Alps) to the west, the Waimakariri River in the north and to the Hakatere (Ashburton River) in the south.

Cultural Narrative

Ararira Springs    Broadfield    Ladbrooks    Lincoln Primary    Lincoln High    Springston    Prebbleton    Tai Tapu  & Early Childhood Centres     

Lincoln High School is a member of the Ngā Mātāpuna o Ngā Pākihi Kāhui Ako/Community of Learning, which collaborates on various programmes, projects and initiatives. 

Vision: Together we are an engaged community of learners

Values: Aroha, Whanaungatanga, Manaakitanga, Kotahitanga, Tiakitanga, Rangatiratanga

(our values are founded in our shared cultural narrative from Te Taumutu Rūnanga)

Strategic Initiatives: Connections, Cultural Responsiveness, Environment and Sustainability, Literacy

  • We have a shared kāhui ako strategic plan.
  • We have established a Stewardship Group, which includes representation from the Board members and Principals from our schools and an ECE representative.
  • In 2017 the first Lead Principals were appointed, and the first Achievement Challenges were approved by the Minister of Education.
  • In 2018 the first Across School (ASLs) and Within School Lead Teacher (WSLs) positions were appointed.
  • In 2019 work on implementing the achievement challenge focus areas started.
  • In 2021 we set four new Achievement Challenges, appointed four new ASLs and work continues on these for 2022.
  • We operate with two co-lead principals in a shared leadership role, alternating for two years each.


In 2022 Lincoln High School has nine WSL positions, and two staff-members hold an Across School Leader position.


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