Category Archives: Maori learners and education

It’s a good question

Many moons ago, but in an influential piece of writing, R Bishop and T Glynn write: “Whose interests and agendas is the education system established to promote? In New Zealand Maori people have been denied participation in the decision-making systems … Continue reading

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Matariki on National Radio

http://www.radionz.co.nz/collections/matariki

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Kotahitanga

Discussing whānau values, Joan Metge once wrote: “Another value of great importance is that of kotahitanga – oneness or unity. To achieve this whānau members must be prepared to invest time and energy in getting to know each other, to … Continue reading

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MaoriTube

If you haven’t already, check it out: http://www.maoritube.co.nz/ “Māori Tube is the place where you will find all the best videos to celebrate anything Māori from around the world. Each video has been personally selected for inclusion here from thousands … Continue reading

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whakapapa is foundational to Māori pedagogy

Considering how Māori education has evolved in NZ since colonisation –  and how Ka Hikitia: Managing for success can support Māori education now – Jan Mills identifies key focus points around which change can be made. One such key area of focus … Continue reading

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NZ puzzles

Just a note on who makes those wooden puzzles with Maori and Pacific themes: http://puzzles4education.co.nz/ 

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The whare tupuna

In their discussion of the Manawa: Pacific Heartbeat exhibition 2003, Nigel Reading and Gary Wyatt write: “The Maori believe that the whare tupuna (ancestral meeting house) takes on the form of the body of an ancestor. Roi Toia uses the ceremonial … Continue reading

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Maori legends – patupaiarehe, taniwha, spirits and heroes

Just a note to say that I really enjoyed this book of legends – A W Reed’s Favourite Maori Legends (revised by Ross Calman). I think it’s important to share such tales with children – to colour in their mental … Continue reading

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Whakairo: past knowledge and new horizons

“We are linked to our ancestors by blood and by spirit, by living histories and by ancient art forms. It is these elements that ensure that I hold the mantle of whakairo (the ancient art of woodcarving) in both hands … Continue reading

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John Hovell and the art of kōwhaiwhai

I’ve been interested in maori mathematics for a while, though in a very vague way (I haven’t yet researched it properly)… anyway, this book caught my eye as a result: The Passing World The Passage of Life: John Hovell and … Continue reading

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