Across all Māori-medium, a strong foundation built on whanaungatanga and ancestral connections helps learners feel a strong sense of belonging at kura, home and in the wider community. Whakapapa and whanaungatanga underpin all interactions for kura, whānau, kaimahi and learner, with whānau, hapū, iwi and marae communities playing an important role.
Māori-medium relationships are maintained and strengthened with: whānau as experts, whānau commitment, connectedness, community engagement, identity, and kaumātua participation.
Learners experience whānau contributing to their goals and see whānau modelling positive relationships. This contributes to confident learners with a strong sense of belonging and connected relationships.
Māori medium regard whānau as leaders, key decision makers, expert knowledge holders, critical contributors, role models and committed supporters of transformational education. As decision makers, whānau are described as responsive and having strategic direction. Despite limited resourcing, whānau maintain high expectations for educational outcomes (including te reo), create happy nurturing learning environments and are resilient and committed to quality education and responsive learning experiences in te reo Māori.
“Their parents’ hearts and souls feel settled, and in turn, they (the children) feel settled here.” John Heremia, Tumuaki, Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga
WATCH: Te Kura Huanui - Whānau (In te reo Māori with English captions)