Oaklands commitment to Cultural Competencies-Teacher Only Day January 2012

Reference: Tataiako - Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Maori Learners

Ako (Practice in the classroom)

Recognises the need to raise Maori learner achievement

To have a genuine commitment to the needs of Maori learners & belief in their ability to achieve

Engaging in a learning partnership

Wananga (Communication, Problem Solving, Innovation)

Demonstrates an open mind to exploring different views, reflects on own beliefs & values

Actively encourage, support and, where appropriate, challenge Maori hapu & iwi in engaging with school learning matters

Manaakitanga (Values – integrity, trust, sincerity, equality, respect)

Knows what the Treaty is & acknowledges and acts upon the implications of the Treaty

Tangata Whenuatanga

Know where the children are from – affirms maori learners as maori

Actively acknowledges maori parents, hapu & iwi as a valuable resource


Is able to talk about own experiences & identity

Being visible, welcoming & accessible to Maori

Concept 1 – Whanaungatanga

  • Welcome students into new team/farewell students leaving
  • Powhiri for new students and families
  • Whakatauki linked to new learning & values focus
  • Waiata at start of day and at assemblies – learn a range for different contexts
  • Building relationships through learning about heritage/culture/background

Concept 2 – Rangitaranga

  • Maintain students dignity by keeping praise/reprimands private
  • Be firm, be brief, be gone!
  • When making a request use students name/ give command/ thank you then move away

Concept 3 – Manaakitanga

  • Make connections with home life – find out about sporting/ cultural achievements & significant family events
  • Value their culture in wall displays, greetings, role models etc

Concept 4 – Kotahitanga

  • Learning plan – include te reo, schools commitment to multi cultural identify, whakatauki etc
  • Restorative practice model for behaviour management – focusing on building strong relationships, communication & repairing harm done
  • Making links between CARE values & cultural competencies
  • Choice of learning spaces/ configurations that encourage positive interactions
  • Mihi – should be part of regular interactions across school community (all students & staff should be able to confidently introduce themselves by sharing their mihi)

Concept 5 – Pumanawatanga

  • Encompasses all of the above
  • Setting a positive school tone with cultural inclusiveness
  • Have staff and students unpack CARE values and how we will ‘live’ these at Oaklands
  • Te Reo Focus group will provide support and structure to staff as they develop Te Reo skills
  • Maori tutor has been employed to deliver 15 minute lesson each fortnight – provides model for teacher & students; teacher follows model to revise with students; tutor supports teachers to lead junior & senior kapahaka

Reference: Tataiako - Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Maori Learners