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Celebrating Learning Stories Conference 2017

Session Two: 12.30-2.00pm

Presenter: Brenda Soutar and Leanne Clayton, Mana Tamariki

Workshop 9: Whānau co-authoring a Learning Story

This is the story of our encounter with Okatia.  The story of the creation of the Manawatū Gorge was the inspiration for our journey.  Our inquiry led us to the Manawatū Gorge and our local museum where our tamariki began to imagine the possibility of something amazing.  And then it happened ... with the support of whānau they turned that possibility into reality!


Personal bio

Leanne is Te Āti Awa and Ngāti Rārua.  She is a leader at Mana Tamariki and works in kohanga and school.  Leanne has three children who all attend school at Mana Tamariki.  Leanne and her children speak Māori only to each other and are committed to language and cultural maintenance within their wider whānau.  Leanne is the lead kaiako for the Mana Tamariki Marsden Research Project 2014 – 2017.

Brenda is Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Awa.  She is former Kaitiaki (Tumuaki/Senior Teacher) at Te Kōhanga Reo o Mana Tamariki and current Tumuaki Rīwhi (Acting Principal) at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Mana Tamariki Y1 – Y13.  Brenda lives with her partner in Foxton.  Together they have three adult children and six grandchildren.  They are most proud of the fact that all of their grandchildren are being raised by their parents with te reo Māori as their first language.