Margy Whalley's Powerpoint presentation from her conference in 2011
Pōwhiri: Strengthening a Sense of Bicultural Belonging and Identity for Refugee Families
Dr Lesley Rameka, University of Waikato
The presentation explores how pōwhiri, the traditional Māori ceremony of welcome, can provide a framing to support refugee children and families develop a sense of bicultural belonging and identity in Aotearoa, New Zealand while maintaining a sense of belonging and identity to their home homelands. Each step of the powhiri process is key to developing theoretical understandings and will be articulated in terms of guiding early childhood kaiako practice and pedagogies. The framing is also useful for informing ECE teacher pedagogical practice when working with all children.
This presentation is part of a three year, Marsden funded research project, led by Professor Linda Mitchell, from Waikato University, aimed at developing a theoretical model, and strategies, that can contribute to policy and practice in early childhood education to support refugee families and children to construct a sense of belonging in NZ.