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Centring te ao Māori in your place – Pōneke Wellington

November 16, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - November 17, 2023 @ 3:00 pm

$60.00 – $195.00

Connecting to your pepehā
Thursday 16 November, 3.30pm-5.30pm | $60.00

The foundation to learning about another culture is first to build or deepen your connection with your own. Whakawhanaungatanga is central to this. Join us in a waananga to explore whakapapa, pepeha and belonging. Learn ways of connecting to your pepeha in a way that upholds the mana of who you are, whilst honouring the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua.

Bicultural assessment
Thursday 16 November, 6:00pm-8:00pm |$60.00

Explore ways we, as kaiako, can strengthen the weave of te ao Māori in narrative assessment. We will draw from the ancestral wisdom of pūrakau Māori and share stories that inspire, affirm and celebrate te mana o te tamaiti. Connections will be made between Learning Stories and how we effectively weave the richness of identity, language and culture into our narrative assessments and beyond.

Strengthening bicultural leadership in your place
Friday 17 November, 9:00am-3:00pm
$195.00 (including morning tea and lunch)

It is integral for us as leaders in ECE to deepen and strengthen our knowledge and delivery of te tiriti-centred leadership, in order to enact and remain true to Te Whāriki, our bicultural curriculum. Join Maria in a full-day waananga exploring what it means to be an effective, impactful leader in your place. Sit alongside other leaders and draw from the kōrero and insights shared.
We will explore a range of whakaaro and strategies for kaiarahi to understand how they can fulfil their commitment within the partnership between tangata whenua and tangata tiriti including: deepening understanding of Māori models of leadership, leading in a mana-enhancing way, tīkanga Māori, ways of effectively working alongside local iwi and hapū, broadening competence and understanding of Māori ways of knowing, being and doing to strengthen overall bicultural leadership and practice.

To be held at Te Rito Maioha, L1, 191 Thorndon Quay, Wellington

Feedback from attendees at Maria’s recent wānanga:

– In all the 20 years I have been teaching, that would have to be the best workshop I have ever been to.
– That was the most inclusive waananga we have ever been too – thank you Maria for providing such a safe and inclusive space!
– Many of the kaiako have mentioned to me that it was the best outside PD we have had. High praise from ones that have been with me many years. They found it engaging, insightful and an enjoyable way to spend time together.
– Thank you for the patience and care you have shown when speaking to all of us i tenei ahiahi. I really appreciate you being inclusive and considering the challenges of being ‘Tangata Tiriti’ in NZ.
– Thank you again for making the time and space to walk us through this. Thank you for being generous with your cultural knowledge. I can see how much thought and care has been put into your suggested outline so that we can all find a place in pepeha.
– Most of the teachers in our centre now have a pepeha that respectfully shares who they are. We truly appreciate how you have helped us in this journey.
– Your courses have everything, interaction, theory, practical applications. Amazing. We will do any PD you are presenting!
– I haven’t felt connected to my pepeha like this before. It feels so much more personal to me and I feel so empowered right now.
– I really enjoyed your korero, it was one of the best PD i have ever been! You made the korero very easy to understand and interesting and it was fun! I have been to few PD about Māori history but as an immigrant, I found it hard to understand but even within the short time of the PD, I got so much out of your korero. Thank you for your mahi and time.
– We are still all feeling so empowered and passionate after our korero with you on Friday! You are so inspiring, and we are very grateful to have you alongside us on this journey.


If you are interested in having Maria come to your setting, for a private in-centre workshop for your team, she has availability on Saturday 18 November.
Get in touch to find out more: [email protected]


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November 16, 2023 @ 3:00 pm
November 17, 2023 @ 3:00 pm
$60.00 – $195.00