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Te Ika Unahi Nui

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Ko Taranaki, ko Hikurangi ngā maunga e tū nei. Ko Taranaki, ko Te Atiawa, Ko Ngāti Porou ngā iwi e mihi nei. Ko Puniho Pā tōku kāinga. Ko Jason Ruakere ahau. Ko au tētehi Pou Takawaenga mō CORE Education.

I'm a facilitator with CORE Education and am a member of Learning with Digital Technologies and Enabling e-Learning teams. My role includes liaising with schools, whānau and communities  through and with technologies. I live in Warea with my whānau at Puniho Pā.

Over the coming weeks I will share a fortnightly post about a wānanga (programme) that has just started in Taranaki. The wānanga is a collaboration between Te Toi Tupu,  Core Education, Coastal Taranaki School and Puniho Pā.

The name of the wānanga is Te Ika Unahi Nui which is taken from the Taranaki saying:

'E kore e pau a Taranaki, he ika unahi nui'

Taranaki will never perish for it is like a tough scaled fish!

In traditional times Taranaki iwi were described as being wedged in between Te Atiawa in the north and Ngāti Ruanui in the south during battle. Despite the situation however, Taranaki defences were said to be impenetrable.

In the context of the above description the vision of the wānanga is to equip our boys with knowledge and skills to be successful through undertaking activities that focus on strengthening their identity, leadership and literacy with and through digital technologies.

Initial consultation involved five phases:

1. Approaching the school 

- what is the school's strategic direction?

- what is happening with Māori students?

- how is the school supporting Māori students?

- what professional development are staff involved in to support Māori students?

- how are the school currently engaging with whānau and community?

2. Identifying which boys to support

- which age group do we focus on?

- which boys in particular would benefit from this support?

3. Meeting the boys and their whānau

- what are their interests?

- how do they learn best?

- what are the aspirations of the boys?

- what are the aspirations of the whānau?

4. Assessing the school's e-learning capability

- which technologies are they currently using?

- how strong is their infrastructure?

5. Co-constructing the content of the wānanga  

During this phase we shared information gathered with the whānau at two meetings and decided on the following outcomes:

  • to develop leadership, literacy and life skills

  • the boys are connected to their language and culture

  • parents and whānau are engaged with their boys’ learning

  • learning is enhanced through the effective use of digital technologies

  • the learning in the wānanga will be captured with ipads and shared with the whānau and kura through a blog

It was also agreed that the wānanga would be underpinned by Tataiako cultural competenices and aligned to the school's charter and strategic paln. 

Over the last month the boys have been learning about Puniho Pā, learning karakia, waiata and how to share their whānau pepeha and mihi. At present the boys are experimenting with constructing hinaki to catch eels next week. To find out more about Te Ika Unahi Nui follow the link to their blog here.

Ngā mihi nui Jason. 

Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the classroom - Connecting school to the wider community with and about technologies.