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Day 2 of WIPCE

Kia ora,

Day 2 arrived and the presentations I was able to attend were outstanding.  I found myself going to several New Zealand workshops as I am obviously keen to see what else is happening in Aotearoa for our Māori students and to forge relationships and networks with people that will strenthen my own knowledge and the work of Te Manawa Pou-it's all about whakawhanaungatanga e hoa ma!  

The two favourites of the day were (sorry, I just can't keep it to 1!):

‘Strengthening school leadership through native Hawaiian cultural values’ - by Nālini Sing of Hawai’i  This presentation discussed the importance of embedding Hawaiian cultural values in leadership practices.  They are attempting to do this by surveying Principal's about their current knowledge, beliefs and practices around Hawaiian values and then working with them in small groups to support their learning.  With the new MoE PLD focus on raising Pasifika, Māori and special needs students achievement, it will be critical for our Tumuaki to have a thorough understanding of Māori values, and how they can be modelled by themselves and then embedded into their kura.  This will be an important step in our tamariki seeing that their school values who they are and that our kura begin living and breathing the values of the tangata whenua of Aotearoa.

‘The Kapahaka Phenomena’ – by Dr Raukura Roa of Aotearoa

This was my fav presentation of the day!  Mainly because Raukura's workshop was the perfect example of an informative and interactive workshop.  She sung to us, modelled and explained common actions and facial expressions, unpacked the whakapapa of kapahaka and discussed in depth kapahaka in three different contexts-in sport, on the marae and the contemporary context of kapahaka competitions.  Plus, she even managed to get everyone on their feet learning and performing a haka as well!  I learned so much and had a blast, she has inspired me for teh next time I present!  He mihi nui ki a koe e hoa!