The focus on delivering better learning outcomes for Maori is both a government priority, and a professional priority for teachers in New Zealand. This page is for resources to support us to realise Maori potential and to support work that enables Maori students to succeed as Maori.

First, the NZC Principles.

The principles of the NZC, which should "underpin" every school's curriculum. Think about them all, and focus on the Teaty of Waitangi principle; what would your school look like if your curriculum were "consistent with" this principle? (See Requirements of schools, page 44 NZC)

Readings RP#3 Meetings

Modelling Maori leadership: What makes for good leadership? Selwyn Katene

Providing a culturally responsive environment for gifted Maori learners Jill Bevan-Brown 2005

Key evidence and how we must use it to improve system performance for Maori
Ka Hikitia Managing for Success Maori Education Strategy 2008-2012

Tataiko: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Maori Learners
Tataiako is a starting point for schools developing cultural responsiveness.
Tataiako helps all educational practitioners in meeting the goals of Ka Hikitia: Managing for Success

Professor Sir Mason Durie

As requested at the RP Meeting 30th June 2011, here is an electronic address for some of the influential and very helpful thinking of Professor Mason Durie, Sir Mason Durie, KNZM, FRSNZ, FRANZCP, a New Zealand professor of psychiatry and research academic at Massey University . He has affiliations with the Rangitane, Ngati Kauwhata and Ngati Raukawa.
This link also provides an overview of Maori education offered by Tumu Te Heuheu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa Paramount Chief.


Maori cultural regeneration: Purakau as pedagogy

Jenny Lee (Ngati mahuta)

Here is the electronic address for the stimulating paper by Jenny Lee as requested. A hard copy was handed out at the RP#2 meeting in June.

Ka Hikitia

Here is a link to the text of the strategy for realising the potential of Maori students, Ka Hikitia.

Measurable Gains Framework

And here is the link to the rubrics for Measurable Gains in improving learning for Maori.

Other initatives and approaches

At the RP#1 2011 meeting for Sandra and Margaret's group, someone recommended an initiative that had been highly successful in engaging Maori boys; check this site for the variious initiatives that have made a difference for Maori in schools.

New Zealand's two national curriculum documents.

Here is the Maori-medium national curriculum document, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, translated into English. Many people in schools of all kinds have found discussion of the kaupapa and approaches of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and the New Zealand Curriculum, both separately and together, a very valuable professional experience. The documents begin with the same student-focussed question: what do we want for our young people.


Te Aho Matua

In kura kaupapa Maori, a founding document is Te Aho Matua.