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Tangata whenuatanga

Tangata whenuatanga represents place-based, socio-cultural awareness and knowledge of the whenua or land we come from.

This competency actively:

  • harnesses the rich cultural capital which Māori learners bring to the classroom by providing culturally responsive and engaging contexts for learning
  • facilitates participation of whānau and people with the knowledge of local context, tikanga, history, and language to support classroom teaching and learning programmes.

Teachers engage with students as learners and facilitators by generating opportunities for students to use 'who they are' and bring 'what they know' into the learning through culturally responsive contexts. The learning environment and teaching practice reflect and affirm identity, language and culture and seek expertise, resources and knowledge from the wider community, for example whānau, iwi.

Students’ cultural norms, how they live and succeed as who they are, how they develop a strong cultural identity, their wairua (spirituality) and whanaungatanga (connectedness) are all high status learning, valid in their own right.

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Last updated June 8, 2018