Pepehā: An introduction of oneself that establishes identity, culture and heritage. But for those who aren’t sure of which maunga, awa and moana to acknowledge – it can be tough creating and collating a pepehā. Join Maria in this waananga that will provide some useful tools for those wanting to build upon and/ or create their very own, unique pepehā in a fun, inclusive and supportive space of ako. Nau mai – all welcome!
As kaiako strengthening our connections to ngā atua Māori helps us to build our understanding of mana atuatanga/wellbeing. Reconnecting back to these stories and wisdom is pertinent to understanding the concept of mana, that every person is born with. Join me in a waananga centred on exploring some of the narratives and pūrakau of ngā atua Māori. Learn ways to deepen your relationship with this mātauranga as we consider ways of incorporating this knowledge into our everyday practice.
Having spent most of my childhood growing up on my papa kainga and near the moana, I have very fond memories of my whānau coming together, singing waiata, eating kaimoana, te reo Māori being spoken and celebrated, exploring te taiao and the gifts from Papatūānuku to my heart’s content. These integral experiences of connectedness as an ākonga have shaped who I am as a kaiako. Today those experiences continue to flow strongly within me. They are the pou supporting my foundations from which I view and interact with my world and the people I meet along the way.
I am passionate about creating spaces for kaiako and leaders in ECE and beyond that centre mātauranga Māori, indigenous knowledge systems and indigenous voices.