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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: Identity Language and Culture | Effective teachers

    On this site you can access an e-copy of Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki, the Māori language curriculum guidelines or years 1 - 13. There are also many resources to support these curriculum guidelines – including lesson plans, school stories, second language tasks, high-frequency vocabulary, a grammar progression, and teacher/student assessment examples.

  2. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Te Reo Maori

    This framework identifies government's investment priorities for Māori language (in both Māori medium and English medium education) over a 10 year period, in order to provide a coherent approach.

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

    Iwi education partnerships are relationships that iwi, or iwi-based organisations, have with the Crown to improve Māori education outcomes. The partnerships allow iwi to work together with the Ministry to design and implement education solutions.

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

    This story relays how Chisnallwood staff and students worked together, as part of their school review, to implement the New Zealand Curriculum, so that it would make a difference for Māori students and help them to succeed.

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

    At St Joseph’s School there has been a big focus on te reo Māori in the classroom. This was precipitated by the language progressions set out in the draft Māori language curriculum guidelines (now in final form:Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki).

  6. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Te Reo Maori

    Te Reo Matatini is a planning document which seeks to expand the concept of Māori language literacy beyond words, reading and writing.

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

    Te Marautanga o Aotearoa is the Māori medium curriculum, which outlines what students will learn through the medium of Māori language. The curriculum is founded on the Treaty of Waitangi, and is expressed through the vision of students achieving their full potential.

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

    Principal Anne Brokenshire and facilitator Kylie Coulbeck reflect on what is now more evident as a result of the professional learning that staff have undertaken.

  9. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture

    Mason Durie speaks of that body of knowledge unique to Aotearoa that we are yet to fully appreciate and utilise within our educational system. (Extract from ‘Te Mana Kōrero: Relationships for Learning’, 2007).

  10. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Ako | Effective teachers

    Culturally responsive learning contexts are those where the learner can bring their own experiences into the classroom context. (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Relationships for Learning’, 2007).

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