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“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: 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.

  2. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Statistics & results | Research & evaluation

    This 2010 report evaluates how schools have promoted success for Maori students since ERO’s previous national report in 2006.

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

    Jan Tinetti from Merivale School and Sue Horne from Maungatapu School discuss how they are using both The New Zealand Curriculum document and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa in their schools.

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

    Sir Sidney and Lady June Mead were recently interviewed for their views on the He Kākano programme.

  5. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture

    Adrienne Alton-Lee (phd) Chief Education Advisor, Best Evidence Synthesis Programme, Ministry of Education delivers a keynote presentation for the 2008 Te Kotahitanga conference.

  6. Filed under: Research & evaluation

    In 2007, Victoria University was contracted by the Ministry to produce an external evaluation of the effectiveness of Te Kotahitanga. It is the first external evaluation of Te Kotahitanga.

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

    Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i te Reo Māori – Kura Auraki are the curriculum guidelines for the teaching and learning of Māori language in English medium schools (years 1-13).

  8. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Te Reo Maori | Effective leaders

    This story from Rotorua Boys’ High emphasises the inseparable nature of reo and tikanga (language and culture), an integral part of the school’s programme.

  9. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Ako

    These clips come from a DVD that was recorded during workshops facilitated by Māori language advisers in schools, to support teachers in the implementation of the Māori language curriculum guidelines, Te Aho Arataki.

  10. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture

    This 25-year strategy (2003) provides a framework to bring together Māori language initiatives. Its aim is to coordinate and prioritise government action towards Māori language revitalisation and to have te reo Māori widely spoken by Māori within whānau, homes and communities by 2028.

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