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Culture and Working with Parents

Tikanga in Practice - Teaching Aspirations

Wendy RamekaNgā tikanga ki roto i te mahi - Tikanga in Practice. Oku Wawata - My Aspirations
Kaituhi: Wendy Rameka

Mā te rongo, ka mōhio Mā te mōhio, ka mārama
Mā te mārama, ka mātau Mā te mātau, ka ora.
Through perception comes awareness, through awareness comes understanding; through understanding comes knowledge, and through knowledge comes well-being.

I am a Registered Teacher in Āotearoa. As a part of my individual and professional life growth, I have made a commitment to developing cultural competency in tikanga Māori, embarking on a journey to weave Te Ao Māori into my way of being, whilst respecting and keeping my European heritage strong in modern Āotearoa. It fills my bucket, within my wairua, within my heart. 

As I begin to write this article, I am reminded of the Te Whāriki endorsement “…ensuring that te reo Māori not only survives but thrives”. It validates and affirms the importance of ‘kaupapa Māori’: language, culture and cultural values”. Te Whāriki (2017, p 45) states that “Kaiako enhance the sense of identity, belonging and wellbeing of mokopuna by actively promoting te reo and tikanga Māori” (p.45). 

I believe that when choosing to become a Registered Teacher in Āotearoa it is our responsibility to put into practice TIKANGA Māori in an authentic and meaningful way.

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