Key to educational success for Māori children is the acknowledgement that Māori and children are culturally located and the recognition that effective education must embrace culture. Te Whāriki (2017, p 45) states that “Kaiako enhance the sense of identity, belonging and wellbeing of mokopuna by actively promoting te reo and tikanga Māori” (p.45). This presentation asks kaiako to review our assumptions and values, to better reflect our aspiratins in practice. I will utilize findings from Te Whatu Pōkeka (2009) and Te Whatu Kete Mātauranga (2017) to explore how traditional Māori cultural knowledges, theories and values can be reclaimed to support the development of culturally responsive, contextually located, theory and practice in contemporary early childhood settings. 

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