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One more look at Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017


Part three: An interview with Wharehoka Wano

NZC Online offers a series of blogs about Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017. The blog posts look closely at different aspects of the Māori education strategy and provide questions, resources, and suggested actions for school leaders and kaiako.

This third and final blog post is an interview with Wharehoka Wano, Kaihautū Māori at CORE, who shares his views about the strategy and offers practical advice.

For reflection and discussion

Ako – a two-way teaching and learning process

Ako is one of the five guiding principles of Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017. In the interview Whare explains what ako is and how it might look in schools.  

“Teaching and learning are reciprocal … We’re talking about very open classrooms that have tamariki driving a lot of their own content. It really needs more of a facilitation role … More importantly, the ako thing is that these kids come in with knowledge; let’s make sure that we take on a little bit of what they know.”

Guiding question – He pātai ārahi

How can ako become a stronger element of teaching and learning at your school?

Use the links below to explore the concept of ako further and reflect on how it can fit your school context.

The concept of ako
This page from Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1-13 describes ako as an important aspect of teaching and learning.

Ako in the arts
This resource suggests how ako can be promoted in the four disciplines of the arts subject area.

Identity, language and culture count

Child playing.

Another guiding principle of Ka Hikitia is Identity, language and culture count. In the interview Whare talks about:

  • making connections to the homes and tribal communities of Māori students
  • using te reo Māori and other languages in the classroom
  • adding a cultural aspect to curriculum content by mobilising people in the community with knowledge and expertise.

Guiding question – He pātai ārahi

How can your learning programmes build on what is familiar to your students and positively reinforce where they come from, what they value, and what they already know?

The resources below can be used to inspire, reflect, and guide action:

Supporting websites – He paetukutuku whai panga

Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners
Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners explains the progression of the competencies teachers need to develop so they can help Māori learners achieve educationally as Māori. Tātaiako has been developed to help all educators think about what it takes to successfully teach Māori learners. It provides a starting point for schools developing cultural competence.

Te Kotahitanga: Raising Māori student achievement
Te Kotahitanga is a research and professional development programme that supports teachers to improve Māori students' learning and achievement. The programme enables teachers, leaders, and the wider school community to create a culturally responsive context for learning which acts on evidence of student performance and understandings.

He Kākano
He Kākano is a strategic school-based professional development programme with an explicit focus on improving culturally responsive leadership and teacher practices to ensure Māori learners enjoy educational success as Māori.

Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools
This website provides information and resources relevant to the teaching and learning of te reo Māori in English-medium schools.

Reflection and discussion – Te matapakinga me te whakaaroaro

EDtalk – Te reo Māori in English medium schools
Tamara Bell challenges teachers in English medium schools to increase achievement for Māori students by teaching te reo Māori. She also emphasises the importance of valuing students' cultural identities, and establishing close connections with students and their whānau.

EDtalk – Culture counts in the classroom
Maria Tibble discusses the importance of teachers locating themselves culturally and thereby allowing Māori students to do the same.

EDtalk – Critical elements for raising Māori achievement
Phoebe Davis discusses two key elements for raising Māori achievement: forming relationships with students and whanau; and being culturally located.

School stories – Kōrero ā-kura

Developing a culturally responsive environment at Broadfield School
Mike Molloy, Principal at Broadfield School, discusses how important it is to have tikanga Māori principles and values visible in all aspects of their school culture. Broadfield staff, students and the community are actively changing many aspects of their kaupapa and this video looks at the way they are involved in this process.

A new environment, a new outlook - North East Valley Normal School curriculum day
Staff at North East Valley School used new ways of planning to encourage them to consider how to incorporate tikanga Māori into their curriculum.

A culturally connected curriculum
This digital story discusses how 'Hiruharamatanga' is actively incorporated into the school curriculum at Te Kura o Hiruharama to ensure the localised curriculum is culturally connected.

Growing te reo Māori capabilities
Tracey Hopkins outlines te reo Māori professional development programme in place at Hukanui School. Tracey explains how teachers are supported in their own personal learning, and also in their teaching of te reo Māori to their students. There are two other stories in this series.

Te Wero – Laying down the challenge

Whare concludes the interview by challenging schools to engage with Māori students and their communities and take action to accelerate Māori achievement.

Guiding question – He pātai ārahi

What changes will you make at your school to ensure that Māori students enjoy and achieve education success as Māori?

To help you make decisions and prioritise resources and activity you could:

You may choose to build on what is already happening at your school or select a new aspect to focus on. Reviewing one element of Ka Hikitia invariably leads to thinking about the other parts.

Other blogs in the Ka Hikitia series

A closer look at Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013-2017
This blog examines the principle of productive partnerships and includes links to inspirational school stories and resources. Developing productive partnerships with whānau, hapū, and iwi is a key focus of the content.

A second look at Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017
This blog explores the Māori potential approach principle and offers links to resources that promote high expectations and strong educational pathways for Māori students.

An invitation to share

Do you know of useful ideas and resources that support the principles of ako and identity, language and culture count? Are you already using Ka Hikitia to guide curriculum design and review at your school? We would love to hear from you. Please contact us via email.

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