Explaining the strands of Te Whariki

Mana Atua, which is about personal wellbeing, recognises the mauri within people, other creatures, and inanimate objects (p.20 Te Whariki, 1996). Intrinsic to the development of Mana Tangata, the development of confidence to contribute to life, are concepts of ‘the spirit of generosity and reciprocity, of caring for others and creating enduring personal relationships’, and ‘developing emotional maturity and awareness, of learning to deal with fears and inhibitions’ in order to experience joy and happiness. (pp.20-21) Mana Reo recognises that ‘Language is the window to one’s culture and transmits the values and beliefs of its people’ (p.21). Mana Whenua is ‘the development of a sense of sovereignty, of identity and a sense of belonging.'” (Ritchie,p.24)

Ref: (emphases in bold, mine) Jenny Ritchie (2001) Implementing a bicultural curriculum some considerations Early Childhood Folio 5, 23-26

quoting: Te Whariki, 1996


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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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