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Active partnerships in the community

Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders | Effective teachers

Tags: Te Mana Kōrero




A regional example of celebration of student learning with their community is the annual Nati Awards on the East Coast of the North Island. This is driven by the schools’ acknowledgment that the development of the students’ communication skills and literacy is a priority for the community.


Kia Ora Whānau, we’re standing outside the Ngati Porou Multimedia Centre.

Yes that’s right, this is where children from up and down the East Coast come and share different aspects of ICT.

Noreira ko tera tatou, lets head on in.

Nori Parata – Principal Tolaga Bay Area School

Today we have an ICT expo in the hall, and that’s the opportunity for each of the schools to have a little site that demonstrates some of the work that they’ve been doing in ICT.

Aniwa Kingi – Student, Tolaga Bay Area School

They got to see what we’ve been doing in Design Tech., like videoing and stuff. And they can see our progress.

Dick Reedy – Ngati Porou Pakeke

In seeing ICT in the work and the technology against traditional carving is fabulous. Of what you’re seeing is someone manipulating something that you’ve loved, and carved, and formed. Your art – when someone else takes it and moves it around on the screen, it makes me weak in the knees, I get a funny feeling go all over me. But – kei roto I te wairua o te whakairo; the spirit of the carving is still on the screen.

Puawai Ngata-Gibson

It’s a chance for them to see what their kids learning at school, what they’re capable of and all their abilities. And a chance for them to realise that they are part of the big wide world, and they’re going places.


To help celebrate their success, Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop beamed in to provide valuable feedback on students’ work.

Richard Taylor – Weta Workshop

The rock band and the evil women – who produced that piece? Very cool. Well look it’s a... I’d like to comment on that one because for a short film I thought it was incredibly successful in capturing a real atmosphere, and a really creepy, foreboding, spooky feeling.

Darryl Crawford – Teacher, Tolaga Bay Area School

Yeah, I’m particularly pleased with how he celebrated a lot of the kids’ work. I think he took time to watch the work and he actually asked a few of the kids questions which was good because it made the kids feel important. Yeah, I mean.. I suppose, it’s a good buzz for the kids, and you can see their faces lighting up.

Nori Parata

We also have an ICT challenge going on, where we’ve got 15 teams battling it out. That involves skills, knowledge, thinking – and all put together quickly in 3 hours.


They have been commissioned to promote a Ngati Porou venture – perhaps a sports academy, a fashion label, an events centre, a radio station – and be able to market that, and present it using their multimedia skills to a panel of judges.

Nori Parata

The Nati Awards is about celebrating the work and achievement of a lot of weeks’, and months in some cases, of work in schools. It’s a celebration of our students’ creativity; it’s a celebration of their skills in ICT; it’s a celebration of their Ngati Poroutanga; and it’s a bringing together of all those into short films and videos, graphic posters, clay and graphic animation. And it’s an opportunity for our communities to share in the successes of the children.

Karen Pohe – RTM, East Coast

We’ve put in a lot of effort and time as parents running children around, taking photos for movies and other such mahi that they’re doing. The parents get to come – their reward is coming along and seeing how their children have done, and other children that are related. As you know, Ngati Porou, we’re all related from one end to the other. So when you see something done really well you can take credit for that as well as your own children in another school.

Nori Parata

Te Rangitāwai is a platform where we can celebrate the pride that we have in being Te Aitanga Hauiti, and share that with the rest of Ngati Porou; just as those other communities up the coast will show their specific hapu identity under that iwi mantle.

A regional example of celebration of student learning with their community is the annual Nati awards on the East Coast of the North Island. (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Relationships for Learning’, 2007).

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