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Celebrating Learning Stories Conference 2017

Session One: 10:15-11:45am

Presenter: Central Kids Putauaki

Workshop 6: How do we understand children through Maori literacy?

Many cultures use western theories as a method of transmitting knowledge and an understanding of the world. There have been many Western models developed and implemented in indigenous early childhood learning settings.  However, the key aspect for us, is for Māori children to be taught in a way that responds to them as Māori. Research has shown Māori children learnt better when their education was put in a cultural context.

We have created an early childhood education setting where the children’s mauri and their connection to the whenua has a deep understanding within indigenous pedagogies. This approach encourages indigenous knowledge and information to be brought into the curriculum and woven throughout the programme. Our Kaupapa is transmitted through Whakawhanaungatanga, Kapa Haka, Tūrangawaewae and Whakapapa which are all forms of Māori literacy.


Personal bio:

Terri Maloney has been involved in early childhood sector for over 17 years and has worked in several roles from teacher to Head Teacher.

Reweti Elliot has been involved in early childhood for 17 years who has worked in various roles from teacher to tutoring adults to a Kaitiaki role.