On Monday the 18th of April I, along with other Cobham staff, attended a PD day at Tuahiwi Marae. The workshop was aimed at building cultural understanding about the marae, the Rūnanga history and their protocols. Cobham School is located within the Tuahiwi Education Rūnanga (tribal council) area.
The introductory workshops covered:
- Basic Pōwhiri (welcoming) protocol
- Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūāhuriri history
- Marae Visits – What will be expected when you bring tamariki to the marae
- Understanding basic tikanga Māori specific to Ngāi Tūāhuriri
This workshop has given me an authentic insight and understanding of the identity, culture and language of the Māori people in the area. This is critical for me to have for the educational success of all learners and in particular our Māori learners. This has also inspired me further to develop authentic cultural inclusiveness in my classroom and in my school.
This was also a unique opportunity for me as an educator to connect with the Tuahiwi Rūnanga for the first time and to establish a foundation for developing a strong relationship with them which will in turn help the success of māori learners at Cobham.
School Wide Goal 2016 – Cobham teachers and leaders will use the Tātaiako competencies of wānanga, whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, tangata whenuatanga and ako to ensure their teaching/leadership behaviours and practice are about knowing, respecting and working successfully with Māori learners, whānau and iwi.
3 – Demonstrate commitment to bicultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand.,
10 – Work effectively within the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand,
2 – Whanaungatanga – Actively engaging in respectful working relationships with Māori learners, parents and whānau, hapū, iwi and the Māori Community.,
3 – Manaakitanga – Showing integrity, sincerity and respect towards Māori beliefs, languages and culture.,
4 – Tangata Whenuatanga – Affirming Māori learners as Māori. Providing contexts for learning where the language, identity and culture of Māori learners and their whānau are affirmed.,
5 – Ako – Taking responsibility for their own learning and that of Māori learners.