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summary of GATE from a Ngati Porou Perspective


If leadership actions became more focused on an ever growing and changing affirmation of Maori and Pasifika quality then our Maori students in particular would be seen as achieving alongside their pakeha peers in education.

Such as when our ancestors came here on Waka, they navigated using the stars and built communities catering for the needs of their culture, the colonials came and took that away and changed the expectations of achievement and what was once seen as Maori achieving was no longer relevant.  If we put more emphasis on what is important to Maori and Pasifika then surely we would be heading in the right direction.


As Ngati Porou we are fortunate to have many Gifted and Talented Tipuna for us to base our teaching and learning styles around.  Starting with what was taught and how it was taught such as Pakiwaitara (Aural Traditions) Tikanga, and whakapapa.


  • horowai

    kia ora

    I agree whole heartedly with your kōrero Tash, this tradition is alive and thriving in our kura and we are very privileged to have tipuna with us who house these special learning and teaching styles and are handing these skills down to our tamariki.

    The learning of our tamariki is a very special learning, they can see and feel the emotions that are trying to be passed to them through our traditional pakiwaitara and the end goal is for our tamariki convey this when they have a need to.

    I also agree that our Māori and Pasifika tamariki are achieving alongside their cohorts and I think I would base this on the unique way in which we teach and assess, e.g., when we have manu kōrero in our kura our assessment tool are our kaumatua and for us that is a specialist area we are very privileged and thankful to have attached to our kura.