Posts by Heni Collins

Mauri ora model sees tamariki flourish

    From a kaupapa Māori perspective, professional development for teachers on the topic “cultural responsiveness and relational pedagogy” is about mauri ora. When the mauri (inner spirit or life force) of the child is alight, the child is flourishing at school – with an alert and inquiring mind, a healthy body, and mutually beneficial…

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Mauri ora model sees tamariki flourish

From a kaupapa Māori perspective, professional development for teachers on the topic “cultural responsiveness and relational pedagogy” is about mauri ora. When the mauri (inner spirit or life force) of the child is alight, the child is flourishing at school – with an alert and inquiring mind, a healthy body, and mutually beneficial relationships.[1] Therese…

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The Orwellian world of cultural competency

Maori, Pacific and Pakeha teachers are calling on government to back up the rhetoric with funding and commitment. The doublespeak is wearing thin. Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013-2017, the government’s Māori Education Strategy, emphasises the importance of valuing Maori success as Maori, and the Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017 supports Pasifika success as Pasifika. The…

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Kura eschew standards

Key points Kura kaupapa are preferring not to use Nga Whanaketanga – the equivalent of National Standards. Kura are developing their own curricula and assessment methods that more accurately reflect the progress of tamariki. Some mainstream schools are also using Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Māori version of the national curriculum, as it offers more…

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Charter schools more hype than hope for Māori

Key points Minister of Education Hekia Parata is known to be a keen advocate of charter schools being run by Māori education providers. But many in Māoridom are not so sure. The evidence is thin that charter schools will lift Māori achievement levels, while the highly successful Te Kotahitanga programme is being cut back. Charter…

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More kaiarahi, not fewer!

  Maori children do better in schools when they are strong in their cultural identity and language, says NZEI Te Riu Roa Matua Te Riu Roa Takawaenga Laures Park. “It is important that the Government continues to give strong support to Maori language initiatives in schools. We want to ensure that te reo Maori is…

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