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Treaty of Waitangi

School examples

These stories provide examples of ideas and approaches some schools are using to enact the Treaty of Waitangi principle. The stories have been organised by themes. Select a theme that relates to you and your school context.

Strengthening te reo Māori

Using digital technologies to support te reo Māori
Teachers and students at Tautoro School talk about videos they have created to support the learning of te reo Māori.

Building kaupapa at Broadfield School
Clare Edwards discusses aspects of tikanga Maori in the school and describes the way the whole school community is actively participating in this cultural shift.

Leading whole-school te reo Māori development
The staff and board of Hukanui School decided that they would like to focus on te reo Māori development within their school. Principal David Mossop explains that it is very important as a leader to provide clear direction and to identify with the staff.

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.

Te reo Māori and language acquisition
Nadine Malcom from Hukanui School describes how teachers are mentored in their own learning of te reo Māori as well as supported with professional development in language acquisition teaching skills. In this way teachers learn how to effectively teach the language to others.

A rising tide at Manurewa High School
The thinking and pedagogy that underlies The New Zealand Curriculum is proving to be an ideal springboard for te reo Māori programmes at Manurewa High School.

A culturally connected curriculum

A new environment, a new outlook - North East Valley Normal School curriculum day
Principal John McKenzie explains the benefits of holding a curriculum development day at Puketeraki Marae, and describes how staff were supported to incorporate a Māori world-view into their planning. 

A culturally connected curriculum
At Te Kura o Hiruharama inquiry learning is aligned to the school vision statement. This digital story discusses how 'Hiruharamatanga' is actively incorporated into the school curriculum to ensure the localised curriculum is culturally connected.

Culturally responsive values
Brian Price, principal from Breens Intermediate, explains that they realised there was something missing in their recently developed school values. They worked with their Kaumatua and Māori community and made further changes to the Breens Intermediate values to ensure they were culturally responsive.

Know me before you teach me
In this story from the Education Gazette, Principal Bruce Jepsen talks about the approach his learning community took when academic intervention alone proved inadequate.

Creating partnerships

Working in partnership with iwi and hapū to develop a localised curriculum
Schools in the Taupō area, including Wairakei School, have worked in partnership with Ngāti Tūwharetoa to ensure students learn about their iwi, its history, places, and stories.

Developing whānau priorities at Te Kura o Hiruharama
The staff and board at Te Kura o Hiruharama engaged with the community to identify priorities for student achievement. This digital story explains the process and the outcomes of this exploration and how this has transferred into the life of the school.

Engaging our community at Sylvia Park School
Sylvia Park teacher Ariana Williams explains the development of Mutukaroa, a parent centre designed to encourage and strengthen community engagement.

Effective pedagogy

Developing cultural responsiveness at Cobham Intermediate
Tamara Bell, Deputy Principal at Cobham Intermediate, discusses how important it has been for staff to consider the tikanga in the school and that the values they are developing around this practice will be beneficial for all.

Te Kotahitanga at Kelston Girls' College
Carol Jarrett, HOD, Kelston Girls' College, discusses Te Kotahitanga principles and their application in leading change and classroom practice.

Effective pedagogy for our Māori and Pasifika students
At Sylvia Park School, staff believe that Māori and Pacific student achievement is based on effective pedagogy and that effective pedagogy looks the same for any child. This story explores what these beliefs look like in practice.

Rangiātea: case studies and exemplars
These case studies and exemplars examine five secondary schools, each of which is on a journey towards realising Māori potential. Strategies and key factors are shared.

He Kākano: Hillmorton High School
Learn how staff at Hillmorton High School developed culturally responsive leadership and teaching practices to ensure Māori learners enjoy educational success as Māori.

He Kākano: Lincoln School
Find out how staff at Lincoln school engaged whānau and explored effective pedagogy to improve educational outcomes for Maori students. 


Developing a framework to support Māori achieving success as Māori
The board of trustees, parent community, and school leadership team at Waerenga O Kuri School explain the collaborative process they used for developing their Māori achieving success as Māori (MASAM) framework. 

Using the eLPF to inform strategic planning at Waerenga o Kuri
Principal, Richard McCosh explains how they used the five dimensions and four phases of the e-Learning Planning Framework to identify strengths and areas needing development. 

A teaching approach to enable Māori achieving success as Māori
Yvonne Nikora, deputy principal at Waerenga o Kuri School, talks about impact the Māori achieving success as Māori (MASAM) framework has had on her teaching. 

A student’s perspective of inclusive education
Student, Herepo Wynyard talks about how the involvement of her whānau both online (through her e-portfolio), and face-to-face at school has encouraged success with her learning goals.

Benefits of the MASAM framework for the school community
Parents, teachers, and the board of trustees share their perspectives on the partnership that has been built based on the Māori achieving success as Māori (MASAM) framework they developed together. 

Published on: 27 Mar 2012

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Te reo Māori in English medium schools
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