SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2018, 9:00am-4:00pm



Thank you to all who attended the Ministry of Education ECE Symposium on Saturday 23 June. It was a fantastic event.

Please see just some of the fabulous feedback received below:

"Amazing food…beautiful tables and goodies for kaiako…Aroha xxx (thank you). Enjoyed the collaborative learning alongside kaiako at tables inbetween workshops and in class too. Loved the history shared about Waikato-Tainui. I was honoured to attend and enjoyed the day thoroughly. Thank you very much. Whiria te tangata (weave the people together)"

"A fantastic symposium that inspired and shared valuable information that was practical and implementable."

"Kia ora, very professional, well organised and amazingly 'free' thanks to MoE. Feeling very blessed and grateful to live in the Waikato and have access to this quality of PLD"

"Feeling truly blessed to have the opportunity to attend such a 'knowledge' packed symposium that has strengthened my understanding in Te Ao Māori and bicultural practices, my understanding of how to support Māori to reach Māori aspirations. I too have gained a stronger sense of identity as ‘Māori’. Ngā Mihi xxx"


Keynote Speakers

Waikato-Tainui Education Strategy

Ko te Mana Maatauranga;  kia tupu,  kia hua,  kia puaawai.      

During an extensive period of consultation, Waikato-Tainui tribal members were able to articulate in their own words what educational aspirations and success was for them.    Ko te Mana Maatauranga is a result of this  engagement process and embodies the hopes,  dreams and aspirations of the tribe. It is an education plan that seeks to uplift our people and empower  them to pursue meaningful pathways, be  committed to kiingitanga, grounded in our  tikanga, fluent in our reo and connected to  our marae and whakapapa.

Into the third year of implementation,  Raewyn will share the journey that Waikato-Tainui has undertaken to realise the inter-generational vision:  Whakatupuranga 2050,  as an influencer,  as a connector and as a provider.  

Raewyn Mahara
With over twenty years’ experience in the education field, Raewyn was appointed as the General Manager, Education and Pathways for Waikato-Tainui in 2017 after serving as the Education Advisor for Waikato-Tainui since March 2014. Raewyn has been responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Waikato-Tainui Education Plan over the past three years. With a committed, focussed approach to building capacity and capability in our tribal members, Raewyn is excited about working with a strong and passionate team to drive key education.


Colouring in the white spaces:  Cultural identity matters

A secure cultural identity develops in a school when the environment and the “ecosystem” of the school support that development, provide opportunities for learning, practising, and normalising cultural values, and embed these in teacher and school practice. When we talk about educational success “as Māori”, what does this actually mean and how do our institutionalised practices and solutions actually work against this goal?  Ann will describe Kia Aroha College’s practice to support academic and cultural learning to develop “Warrior-Scholars” through a Critical, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy of Whānau.  Ann challenges us to find and reflect on the White spaces in our own thinking and practice and to actively work towards changing them.

Dr Anne Milne
Dr Ann Milne is the former principal of Kia Aroha College, a special-character, bilingual, secondary school in Otara, South Auckland.  As a Pākehā educator, Ann is a strong critic of pervasive, deficit-driven explanations of “achievement gaps” and Māori and Pasifika “under-achievement.”  She led the Kia Aroha College community’s almost 30 year journey to resist and reject school environments which alienate Māori and Pasifika learners, to develop a critical, culturally sustaining learning approach centred on students' identities "as Māori", "as Samoan" - as who they are first.  Her book, Colouring in the White Spaces: Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools, was published in 2016 by Peter Lang (New York). In 2015 Ann was the recipient of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation’s prestigious “Service with Distinction” Award, which recognises “outstanding service to education in New Zealand.” Ann is also the recipient of several national research awards and scholarships.



Raewyn Mahara
General Manager, Education and Pathways, Waikato-Tainui





Dr Ann Milne
 Ann Milne Education


 8:15am - 9:00am Registration
 9:00am - 9:15am Welcome by the Ministry of Education
 9:15am - 10:00am

Waikato Tainui Education Strategy
Raewyn Mahara, General Manager, Education and Pathways

 10:00am - 10:25am Morning tea
 10:25am - 12:10pm                             Workshop Session One - attendees to choose one workshop from the Session One options below    
 12:10pm - 1:10pm Lunch
 1:10pm - 2:55pm Workshop Session Two - attendees to choose one workshop from the Session Two options below
 2:55pm - 3:10pm Afternoon break
 3:10pm - 4:10pm

Colouring in the white spaces: Cultural identity matters
Presented by Ann Milne PhD

4:10pm - 4:30pm Poroporoaki


To download a programme please click here.