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Centring te ao Māori in your place – Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

February 27 @ 8:00 am - March 21 @ 8:30 pm

Strengthening the weave of te ao Māori in assessment (and beyond)
Presented by Maria Sydney
Tuesday 27 February, 6:30pm-8:30pm | $65pp
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.

Connecting to your Pepehā
Presented by Maria Sydney
Wednesday 28 February, 6:30pm-8:30pm | $65pp
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.

Strengthening bicultural leadership in your place
Presented by Maria Sydney
Friday 1 March, 9:00am-3:30pm | $220pp (including morning tea & lunch)
It is integral for us as leaders in ECE to deepen and strengthen our knowledge and delivery of tetiriti-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.

Te Whāriki in Action: Internal Evaluation & Teacher Inquiry
Presented by Roberta Skeoch
Wednesday 20 March,6:30pm-8:30pm | $65pp – North Auckland
And Thursday 21 March, 6:30pm-8:30pm | $65pp – South Auckland
He iti, he iti mānuka
Though little, it is a mānuka tree
This particular whakatauki relates to the mānuka/ kahikātoa tree. Though small in size, mānuka has a staggering amount of uses, from food to rongoā, as well as all manner of tools and artefacts. Like the mānuka tree, wonderfully written Learning Stories can also serve a number of purposes, from assessment to evidence of Te Whāriki in action, Internal Evaluation and teacher inquiry. This workshop will focus on using Learning Stories as evidence for the Standards of the Teaching Profession for teacher certification purposes.

Everyone is welcome to join us in these wānanga, nau mai haere mai e te whānau.


February 27 @ 8:00 am
March 21 @ 8:30 pm


Auckland – various locations
Auckland, New Zealand + Google Map