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  • Moana Timoko 18 Jun 2014 10:17pm () in FORUM: Engaging parents/whānau with and through technologies | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Great ideas in the shared doc!  Ka pai!  I have added a slide about NCEA Student Tracking docs - Students tracking their own NCEA progress with assessments via a Google spreadsheet and then sharing the doc on with whānau.  It's really simple, and can be adapted to add any relevant NCEA info/Academic Tracking info.

  • Moana Timoko 26 May 2014 3:35pm () in 1 class, 1 laptop - Āwhina mai e hoa mā

    Kia ora koutou

    Here's the reality - 1 class, 1 laptop.  

    Approx 15 students ages - 6 to 8.

    What are some of your brilliant ideas to work with this reality right now?  

    There is a push to purchase more devices but for now this is all we've got to work with.

    How would you manage this 'reality'?

    Got some 'quick and snappy' boomer cracker ideas for me???

  • Moana Timoko 22 May 2014 1:08pm () in VMOKO brings health care to remote Far North

    This is a link to the TV3 Campbell Live screening of: VMOKO brings health care to remote Far North

    Info copied here:

    A new trial called VMOKO in the far north is aiming to reduce easily treatable infections, but it's being done without doctors and patients ever meeting face to face.

    Areas such as the Karikari Peninsula, which a harshly remote corner of the country, is one of the poorest regions in New Zealand, and one of the most affected by preventable sickness.

    All too often, it is children who are being affected, by the most basic of complaints.

    But untreated complaints can lead to widespread infection, blood poisoning, and in the worst case scenario, death.

    Lachlan Forsyth took a visit up north to visit to Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Rangiawhia on the Karikari Peninsula, where the children get an education centred on Maori culture, and the principal and teachers double as doctors.

    Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/VMOKO-brings-health-care-to-remote-Far-North/tabid/817/articleID/344380/Default.aspx

  • Moana Timoko 22 May 2014 1:07pm () in VMOKO brings health care to remote Far North

    This is a link to the TV3 Campbell Live screening of: VMOKO brings health care to remote Far North

    Info copied here:

    A new trial called VMOKO in the far north is aiming to reduce easily treatable infections, but it's being done without doctors and patients ever meeting face to face.

    Areas such as the Karikari Peninsula, which a harshly remote corner of the country, is one of the poorest regions in New Zealand, and one of the most affected by preventable sickness.

    All too often, it is children who are being affected, by the most basic of complaints.

    But untreated complaints can lead to widespread infection, blood poisoning, and in the worst case scenario, death.

    Lachlan Forsyth took a visit up north to visit to Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Rangiawhia on the Karikari Peninsula, where the children get an education centred on Maori culture, and the principal and teachers double as doctors.

    Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/VMOKO-brings-health-care-to-remote-Far-North/tabid/817/articleID/344380/Default.aspx#ixzz3228VJsY2

  • Moana Timoko 23 Apr 2014 6:03pm () in Community Championing NCEA

    Copied directly from www.youtube.com

    This video tells the story of Northland woman Del Bristow and the Bay of Islands College school community. Learn how the school and community chose to do things differently and as a result, 50 of 57 students who were supported by their whānau and school to achieve NCEA level 2, went on to get their qualifications.

    In 2013 Bay of Islands College started the Community Champion project - a first for the country. The project trains community members to work with whānau so they feel confident about how NCEA works and know what they can do to help their child achieve. Introduced by the Ministry of Education's Parents, Families, Whānau team with support from Student Achievement Function practitioners, the Community Champion project has trained 60 community members across Northland and demonstrates the powerful things that can happen when schools, whānau, community and government work together to raise educational achievement and enjoyment.


  • Moana Timoko 23 Apr 2014 6:00pm () in Community Championing NCEA

    Copied directly from www.youtube.com:

    This video tells the story of Northland woman Del Bristow and the Bay of Islands College school community. Learn how the school and community chose to do things differently and as a result, 50 of 57 students who were supported by their whānau and school to achieve NCEA level 2, went on to get their qualifications.

    In 2013 Bay of Islands College started the Community Champion project - a first for the country. The project trains community members to work with whānau so they feel confident about how NCEA works and know what they can do to help their child achieve. Introduced by the Ministry of Education's Parents, Families, Whānau team with support from Student Achievement Function practitioners, the Community Champion project has trained 60 community members across Northland and demonstrates the powerful things that can happen when schools, whānau, community and government work together to raise educational achievement and enjoyment.


  • Moana Timoko 01 Apr 2014 11:14pm () in For Matua Rawiri

    Kia ora e hoa - I've copied across some Blogging links that might interest you.

    Just a reminder that Blogger can be accessed via your Google Account.

    BLOGGER  image

  • Moana Timoko 01 Apr 2014 9:37am () in Whakawhanaungatanga - Getting to know our learners

    Kia ora - This is a link to a post by NZ Lead - Notes from Heather Eccles about Personalising Learning.

    Heather provides some really good explanations and examples of what Personalised Learning is all about. For me this is Whakawhanaungatanga – a process of getting to know your learners, and then knowing your learners. I agree with what she's written about supporting the holistic development of the learner – taking the time to nurture their holistic being.

    Her post made me think about the impact you have on students when you actually take the time to show you care. Apologies in advance now for sharing about myself and my experiences but I receive meaningful facebook messages from ex-students, or see some of them on the street now and again – What they tend to mention most is the manaakitanga (hospitality or kindness – the caring) and the hari hari days (happy, happy days) – They don’t mention much about what they learnt, the content stuff…but more about the time I took to get to know them – They remember the little extra things like handing over a spare dollar or two whilst ordering my own lunch from the tuckshop, bringing in the odd treats (food) to class, cracking dry jokes now and again, outrageously breaking into song to cheer everyone up…or to at least gain some laughs, reading the signs – knowing when things just aren’t right, knowing when a child may just need a little time out, or a little supportive pep talk, speaking up in support of a student – on their behalf if needed…the little things which are probably the REAL BIG things. Knowing when a child is ready to move on, or when they’re needing more support.

    When I think about this even more I offer a few questions:

    If you were to see some of your past students in the future - How would they remember you?

    If passing them in the street - Will they stop to talk to you, or ignore you? 

    As adults, as parents - Will they introduce you to their children, their families?

    Personalised Learning for me is about getting to know your learners and knowing how they roll. 

  • Moana Timoko 31 Mar 2014 11:07pm () in Support for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga - NZ's only Māori Centre of Research Excellence

    Taking Action - What you can do to support Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga - Check out the Blog post here:

    Te Wharepora Hou

  • Moana Timoko 31 Mar 2014 10:06pm () in Support for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga - NZ's only Māori Centre of Research Excellence

    I make no apology for the length of this discussion post entry.  

    Have a read, have a think. Have a watch, have a think.  Decide if you support Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.  If you do comment below and share some ideas about how we can offer further support.

    Digital Technologies have been utilised to spread information about what's going on.  Associate Professor Leonie Pihama speaks about the power of Blogging and use of Social Media to spread the word - Why? Because our people care, and are willing to put their name to a support.  

    The link to her video post is here: The Value and Future of Māori Research

    Please note that the information below has been copied directly from the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga website here:

    Outcome of National Workshop - The value and future of Māori Research

    To find out more visit the links provided.

    Date:  Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm

    Waipapa Marae
    16 Wynyard Street
    University of Auckland
    AUCKLAND

    The value and future of Māori research in New Zealand was the subject of a national workshop at the University of Auckland last week.

    The workshop was held following the Government’s shock decision to terminate funding for New Zealand’s only Māori Centre of Research Excellence, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM). Over 200 people gathered; senior community leaders, community representatives, senior researchers and academics, and politicians to discuss the value and consider the future of Māori research. Māori research in this context refers to research driven by Māori communities concerning these needs and opportunities –with high Māori involvement, underpinned by but not exclusively utilising Māori knowledge, methodologies and approaches.

    Speakers included Board Chair, Sir Tipene O’Regan, Professor Sir Mason Durie, Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi, Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, and Professor Charles Royal who all spoke of the need for Māori research and its benefits to Māori communities. Dr Marama Muru Lanning, Tiopira McDowell and Natalie Coates spoke of their experiences as students who were supported by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. In the case of Ms Coates, she completed a Master in Laws at the Harvard University Law school supported by a Fulbright NZ award funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

    The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Māori Party and Mana Party leader, Hone Harawira.

    The value of this research is to create new knowledge, new understandings, new theories about questions while using Māori principles, distinct approaches and methods and a dual knowledge systems perspective that provides a unique, more relevant and robust knowledge and answers to needs and opportunities facing Māori communities and thus the nation. Accordingly, the goals of Māori research are national goals.
    NPM is considered internationally as the benchmark Indigenous Development Research Centre, therefore New Zealand is recognised as a world leader in indigenous research and affairs.

    The academic and Māori research community and its stakeholders, including Minsters, Iwi authorities and communities themselves will not and are not allowing Māori research to step back. It is the right of Māori and New Zealand for Māori to establish their research needs and unique robust benefit from research that involves and is relevant to them and national goals.

    It was unanimously asserted there is NO compromise – Māori research must and will be funded. The workshop discussed strategies and options to ensure this, including: a judicial review of the Royal Society of NZ assessment process, resulting in the decision to not to fund NPM post 2015; filing a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal as the action of not supporting Māori research is a breach of the treaty; and establishing a separate national institute that is permanently supported and funded. Investment in Māori research, not that just on Māori or with relevance to Māori, but Māori led research, is minimal compared to other areas and a permanently funded Māori research entity must be established.

    Key Point Summary

    • Maori communities are critically important to the future of NZ.
    • The goals of Māori communities are therefore equally NZ national goals.
    • Accordingly, the future of Māori research is inextricably linked to the future of New Zealand.
    • We are on the cusp of a new era of development.
    • The challenges we face are complex. Focus is required to gain clarity from the complexity and some specific challenges include:
      • Construction of a model of development where economic, social, cultural and environmental priorities can be identified and integrated into a holistic framework which accords with Iwi and Māori aspirations, contemporary realities, the national good, and global trends.
      • Ensuring that Māori leadership is able to make wise decisions based on community priorities and information derived from mātauranga Māori and other relevant systems of knowledge
      • Creating opportunities where Māori can flourish as Māori and to link programmes and policies with best possible outcomes for Māori and for Aotearoa
      • Research is integral to realising those challenges and the opportunities
      • Maori research is also critical to ensure the success and achievement of Māori in higher education and scholarship, providing the basis for future Māori research and leadership.

    To view the full videos of this hui please visit http://mediacentre.maramatanga.ac.nz/content/future_maori_research_2014

    Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is a Centre of Research Excellence consisting of 16 participating research entities and hosted by the University of Auckland. NPM conducts research of relevance to Māori communities and is an important vehicle by which New Zealand continues to be a key player in global indigenous research and affairs. Its research is underpinned by the vision to realise the creative potential of Māori communities and to bring about positive change and transformation in the nation and wider world. Visit www.maramatanga.ac.nz