I'll see it when I believe it!

Assessing young children's learning

Te Puna Kōhungahunga is a Māori medium early childhood centre located at the Epsom Campus of the University of Auckland.  Karen Liley will share their story and their approach to building children's ecological identity through relationship with people and place.  She will provide analysis of the pedagogical conditions for intellectual engagement of teachers and tamariki in a well-known and significant natural setting in Auckland city.

Mana Tamariki is a Palmerston North based kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa Māori (birth to Year 13).  Brenda Soutar will present snippets from the first two years of their Marsden Fund research project that began in April 2014.  The Marsden is one of the most prestigious academic awards in Aotearoa New Zealand.  This project is about children building their creative capacity through museum visits.

Rangitāne is the local iwi in the Manawatū. Milton Ruahihi and other Mana Tamariki whānau members who are Rangitāne will present some of the local history including a tour to sites of significance. If the weather does not allow for a tour, this part of the day will be presented at Mana Tamariki.


Where: Mana Tamariki, 165 Grey Street, Palmerston North

When: Saturday, 8th October 2016

Cost: Includes morning tea and lunch.

Earlybird - $140 p/person (closes 15th September 2016)

Regular - $190 p/person

Registration: Fill in and return the registration form by email to Miria Wipaki If you have any questions please ring Miria on 021 997 556.


8:45am Doors open, registration
9:00am Karakia, mihi, housekeeping
9:10am Presenter tbc - Te Whānau Mārama. Traditional Assessment by the Night Sky
10:00am Morning tea
10:20am Professor Margaret Carr - Assessment
11:10am Conversation groups
11:30am Dr Lesley Ramaka - Te Whatu Pōkeka
12:20pm Conversation groups
12:45pm Lunch
1:30pm Workshops - participants will attend both workshops during the afternoon.
  Leanne Clayton - Looking or Seeing? Leanne will share some assessment data collected by Mana Tamariki as part of our Marsden Research Project with the University of Waikato.
  Brenda Souter - Imaging the child using traditional Māori knowledge in a contemporary context. Mana Tamariki was an exemplar for Te Whatu Pōkeka, Brenda was a Project Co-ordinator and a member of the writing team.  This presentation shares the perspective of Mana Tamariki in relation to Te Whatu Pōkeka and Te Whāriki
3:15pm Final reflections, Closing karakia


Attire: It is not compulsory for women to wear a skirt/dress nor for men to wear long trousers.  Participants need to be comfortable whatever they are wearing.  As part of Māori protocol, all participants are required to remove their shoes inside the building.  Feel free to bring slippers.