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Identity, language and culture

“Māori children and students are more likely to achieve when they see themselves, their whānau , hapū and iwi reflected in the teaching content and environment, and are able to be ‘Māori’ in all learning contexts.”

Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008-2012, page 20.

An education system incorporating identity, language, and culture values knowing where students come from and building on what students bring with them. The resources you will find on this page reflect the value of identity, language, and culture, and provide examples of this in the classroom and beyond.

  1. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Effective leaders

    The Special Education (SE) Māori strategy uses the imagery of a meeting house (wharenui) to explain how Service Provision for Māori can be facilitated within the context of Special Education.

  2. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Effective leaders

    This Curriculum Update supports schools in understanding and enacting the curriculum principle of the Treaty of Waitangi.

  3. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Effective leaders

    Yolanda Julies, Principal at Te Kura Reo Rua o Waikirikiri, discusses the importance of establishing a shared understanding and supportive school culture as the school explored the national curriculum documents.

  4. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Effective leaders | Effective teachers

    In her paper presented at the Now is the Future Conference, Auckland, October 2000, Jill Bevan-Brown shares a number of stories illustrating what schooling is like for many gifted Māori learners.

  5. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Research & evaluation | Effective Leaders

    This article published in the AUSTR ALIAN JOURNAL of INDIGENOUS EDUCATION, (volume 36, 2007), offers another framework for creating a Māori perspective on classroom practices.

  6. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Ako | Effective leaders

    These five Rangiātea case studies and exemplars examine five secondary schools, each of which is on a journey towards realising Māori learner potential.

  7. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Effective leaders

    In this story Debbie Marshall-Lobb, principal, Te Kura Kaupapa o Māori Manawatu, discusses how relationships are everything and how the principal plays a powerful role in terms of shaping culture.

  8. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Research & evaluation | Effective leaders

    The Secondary Futures website features a number of articles from Mason Drurie on that address leadership and indigenous education. In addition to historical overviews Mason also looks towards the future, focusing on educational initiatives for Māori.

  9. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Effective leaders

    This Māori-medium resource provides a model of the key leadership roles and practices that supports high-quality educational outcomes for Māori learners. It is also available in English.

  10. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Ako | Effective leaders

    Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners has been developed by the Ministry of Education, along with the New Zealand Teachers Council and a Reference Group of academics, teacher education practitioners, and iwi representatives involved in iwi educational initiatives. It drew on research, existing frameworks, discussions with some iwi, and the experience of the Reference Group.

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