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The arts in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa represents the essential knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes appropriate to Māori-medium schools. These schools are expected to embed their own local knowledge and learning contexts into their teaching and learning programmes.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa emphasises the importance of the socio-cultural aspects of teaching and learning. The home, the community, the culture, and the hapū of the learner all contribute to the education provided by the school.

School, home, hapū, iwi, and community work together to support the learner to be successful.

Ngā Toi

Like a supernatural being, Toi, we acknowledge you.

The heart quickens at your call.

Your heart gladdens the spirit,

your spirit releases the voice,

your voice opens the mind,

the mind weaves the words,

weaving the words carves the inherited treasures.

Inspired by your image, sound resonates,

performance thrives, the many faces of imagery

captures the eye.

Linked by a soaring voice,

fix your eyes on the people.

From traditions etched in the future let your breath be felt.

Ignite imagination!

Let the mind create beyond what is seen,

so that the arts that inspire continue to do so.

Let everyone know that the arts celebrate the present and create the future.

(Translation of Iho Toi by Hirini Melbourne, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, 2010, p. 98)

The Ngā Toi learning area includes three dimensions:

  • Toi Puoro (music – sound arts)
  • Ngā Mahi a Te Rēhia (dance and drama/performing arts)
  • Toi Ataata (the visual arts).

There are four uniting strands:

  • Tuhura–exploration: with a focus on exploring, investigating, manipulating, and interpreting arts
  • Mahi–creating: with a focus on making, composing, writing, drawing, and creating arts
  • Mohiotanga–knowing: with a focus on students being able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of art processes and theories
  • Maioha–appreciation: with a focus on students being able to evaluate and critique, through their own knowledge and understanding, their own art and that created by others.

Ngā Toi has strong synergies with the English-medium arts curriculum in practices, creative processes, and connections with self and communities, yet comes from a unique and special kaupapa by Māori, for Māori.

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Last updated November 16, 2011



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