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Salome Fa’aso’o was one of two University of Canterbury (UC) Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) students to receive Kupe Māori and Pacific High Achievers scholarships from the Honourable Kelvin Davis, Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education), at an award celebration at Parliament Buildings (Thursday 19 September).Read More
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Hon Kelvin Davis
Associate Minister of Education
Iwi will now be able to access student information effortlessly thanks to a new tool developed in partnership with iwi education leaders around the country, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.
Te Mataaho-ā-Iwi, the Iwi Profiles Dashboard, has been launched on the Education Counts website today and provides iwi with updated data about Māori learners, along with learners who affiliate to their iwi, as soon as it becomes available.
“The Dashboard enables iwi leaders to make informed decisions about the education choices for Māori students,” Kelvin Davis said.
“It will help iwi with their planning around te reo Māori, and skills and capability, as well as assist their relationships with schools and Kāhui Ako, tertiary education providers, local government and other iwi,” Kelvin Davis said.
“As it stands, this kind of information is released once a year and while I’m sure it’s helpful, it’s not available when iwi leaders really need it.”
Te Mataaho-ā-Iwi will provide a more timely view of their learners’ educational pathways and achievements, as well as relevant data to questions iwi have.
“We recognise iwi as the kaitiaki of their learners’ education. They are in a unique position to support the education journey of their tamariki and rangatahi - and the Dashboard is an important new tool to help them do that,” Kelvin Davis said.
Media contact: Robert Johnson – 021 865 497
Notes to editors
Following the annual release of the iwi profiles earlier this year, the Ministry of Education started talking with more than 30 iwi around the country about the validity of the yearly data drops.
Te Mataaho-ā-Iwi is a result of those discussions and has been co-designed with iwi who participated in the project.
This release is the first iteration of the Dashboard with future iterations expected to be rolled out periodically.
Māori culture, history and sustainability intertwine this month as two of Aotearoa’s renowned Māori designers present their latest collections during New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) in Auckland.
With a combined 50 years in the arts and design industries, Shona Tawhiao and Jeanine Clarkin are pioneers in handwoven couture and respected leaders in sustainable fashion.Read More
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Te Minita Whanaketanga Māori
Minister for Māori Development
30th July 2019 PĀNUI PĀPĀHO MEDIA STATEMENT
Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta has launched Te Ahikōmako the first centre of Māori innovation and entrepreneurship that will be open to all Māori business entrepreneurs, innovators and whānau in the Waikato region.
Located at the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa – Mangakotukutuku campus Nanaia Mahuta says this is the ideal place for our people to access these services in order to fulfil their business aspirations.
“Māori have always been innovative in their thinking and approaches, so it is really important that we have professional services that our whānau can access in the regions that will help them to realise their business ideas,” Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.
Te Ahikōmako will be a centre that whānau can come to access mentoring and business advice which will enhance their capability to further their business aspirations.
“The current figures suggest that Māori enterprise is worth over $50 billion and is growing at a faster rate than the economy as a whole. Our regional economies are where Māori are most likely to make more of an impact,” says the Minister.
“Having a regional hub such as this one in the Waikato is one of the ways that we have invested in our regions to ensure that our emerging Māori entrepreneurs and whānau can come and test their business ideas and concepts. Here they can get access to the required skills and mentoring options that will vastly increase their chances of success.
“ I am also delighted that this was an act of cross Government cooperation with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment through the Provincial Growth Fund contributing $500,000. This is a joint initiative with Te Puni Kōkiri who contributed a further $150,000.
“Te Ahikōmako was developed and designed by Māori in order to meet the very specific needs of Māori and it will be a place where our whānau can realise and bring to life their business ideas and concepts – this is about whānau success and creating a robust regional economy for the future,” says Nanaia Mahuta.
This initiative was one of the ideas that was set out in the Waikato Māori Economic Development Plan 2018 and more recently in the refreshed plan Te Whare Ohaoha which Minister Mahuta launched in June this year.
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Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi at Victoria University of Wellington is proud to present two concurrent exhibitions that examine spiritual connections to place and bring precious taonga to public view for the first time.
Spanning over 20 years, the survey exhibition On the Last Afternoon: Disrupted Ecologies and the Work of Joyce Campbell will occupy most of the Adam’s three-level building. It draws on selected bodies of work that Campbell (b.1971) has produced since the late 1990s and is the first exhibition to substantially appraise her prolific career to date.
A parallel exhibition, Te Taniwha: The Manuscript of Ārikirangi, organised by Richard Niania (Ngāi Kōhatu, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa), a long-time collaborator with Campbell, presents for the first time publicly original manuscripts by prophet Te Kooti Ārikirangi Te Turuki (1832–1893), the Rongowhakaata warrior and founder of the Ringatū faith.
A Walters Prize finalist in 2016, Campbell is an interdisciplinary artist known for her ambitious bodies of work that span photography, film, video and sculpture. She was initially trained as a sculptor and her practice often draws on the material qualities of pre-20th century photographic techniques. Her work has a particular focus on the unique ways analogue photography, as a product of chemical reactions, might probe deeper connections to nature.
On the Last Afternoon is curated by John C. Welchman, a renowned Los Angeles-based art historian, curator and professor at the University of California. Campbell formed a friendship with Welchman over more than a decade of periodically living, studying and practising in Los Angeles. Since returning to New Zealand, she maintains strong ties to Los Angeles and regularly visits to reconnect with the city and produce work.
“The idea of working with John on a substantial book and exhibition had been percolating for a number of years,” says Campbell. “So when we entered a discussion with the Adam’s director, Christina Barton, about developing an exhibition, we felt the time was finally right to complete both projects.”
For Welchman, Campbell’s biography “mirrors her practice, oscillating between New Zealand’s verdant coasts and the smog-choked, climate-stressed systems of the Californian deserts. The show includes works made in various extreme conditions in North America, New Zealand, Australia and Antarctica, using a vast array of techniques from photography’s 200-year history”.
Barton says: “Campbell’s preference for 19th-century analogue processes gives rise to images of extraordinary detail, depth, richness and texture; but it also fulfils her ambition to depict subtle or ‘mysterious’ things and events that modern cameras and standardised equipment do not allow.”
The manuscripts in Te Taniwha: The Manuscript of Ārikirangi have been in the care of the Kūnaiti, Ranapia and Niania whānau of Te Reinga in Hawke’s Bay for the past 150 years. They were given by the prophet to Richard Niania’s ancestor Paratene Waata Kūnaiti in 1869 and handed to Niania by his grandmother Pare Īhaka Ranapia-Niania in 1988. She was the last-ever pou tikanga (church leader) of Te Parihi o Whakapūnake (the Parish of Whakapūnake) of Te Haahi Ringatū at Te Reinga, where Niania still lives.
In the appendix to her magnus opus to Ārikirangi, Redemption Songs, the late scholar Judith Binney speculated that original manuscripts from the Ringatū faith “probably do exist” but await “another time, and other writers”. For Niania, as the holder of this narrative legacy, the exhibition of these verified documents “removes any and all doubt about this”.
“After 30 years as kaitiaki [custodian] of these taonga, I truly believe this is the time for the scripts to take their place in a larger scheme of things, a scheme that arrives in 2019. The time has now come for other writers to pen their responses to these documents.”
Niania commissioned Campbell to produce the photographs that accompany Te Taniwha: The Manuscript of Ārikirangi as a continuation of their ongoing Te Taniwha series, which features in the On the Last Afternoon exhibition. Campbell’s images cataloguing the full collection of extant documents will be exhibited alongside the original manuscripts. Her images, which will be printed as well as presented digitally, will be shown alongside a translation by Niania of the first prayer contained in the notebook and his commentary on his ancestor’s role in the historic journey through their whenua (land) by Ārikirangi and his people in 1868.
“These joint exhibitions continue our focus in 2019 of partnering with guest curators and artists to produce in-depth, research-based exhibitions,” says Barton. “We are excited to present the full breadth of Joyce’s practice, from her remarkable multi-channel film installations to her important body of photography. It is also a privilege to welcome back Victoria University of Wellington alumnus Richard Niania and an extraordinary honour to be caretakers of this precious taonga.”
A substantial 320-page book will be launched during the exhibition, edited and with a lead essay by Welchman and with contributions by Niania, Barton, Geoffrey Batchen, Elizabeth Grosz, Bernard Stiegler, Mark von Schlegell, Tungāne Kani and others.
“This exhibition and publication represent our ongoing commitment to developing scholarship around significant New Zealand artists,” says Barton.
The exhibition is accompanied by a public programme that begins with a tour of the exhibition with Campbell, Niania and Welchman on the opening day and a lecture by Welchman at Massey University.
Exhibition: On the Last Afternoon: Disrupted Ecologies and the Work of Joyce Campbell, Curated by John C. Welchman
Te Taniwha: The Manuscript of Ārikirangi
Ngā kupu whakamahuki nā Richard Niania
When: 27 July– 20 October 2019
Opening: Friday 26 July, 6-8pm
Where: Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Wellington
Events: Exhibition tour
With artist Joyce Campbell, Ngāi Kōhatu kaumatua Richard Niania and guest curator, Los Angeles-based contemporary art historian John C. Welchman
Saturday 27 July, 2pm
Adam Art Gallery
John C. Welchman: The Uncanny and Visual Culture
Tuesday 30 July, 5.45–6.45pm
Old Museum Building Theatrette, Massey University, Wellington
-Victoria University of Wellington
There’s a growing practice of recounting Māori indigenous stories or pūrākau as therapy and it is making meaningful change in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Health and social practitioners, and educators are increasingly seeking ways to incorporate pūrākau, whakapapa kōrero (history) and pakiwaitara (legends and stories) in their practice.Read More
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An original exhibition exploring the traditional terms for Māori hair through dramatic portraits and written works, and created almost entirely in Porirua, is on now at Pātaka Art + Museum.
Iho, on show in Pātaka’s Bottle Creek Gallery, is a collaborative exhibition about traditional Māori hairstyles, hair types and ways of adorning hair.
The exhibition demonstrates each of these styles of wearing hair through a series of dramatic portraits.
Alongside each portrait is a written story that explores the idea or feelings portrayed through each image, as either a poem or piece of prose.
The exhibition coincides with a host of activities and events being held to celebrate Matariki.
Project Coordinator Rangimarie Jolley, working with fellow Project Coordinator Sian Montgomery-Neutze, said the exhibition was a collaborative project bringing together a host of people from across Porirua.
“There are more than 60 people involved in the production of the portraits, the models, written works and production.
“Almost everyone involved in the project is from or based in Porirua, and the production crew are all female.”
“There are 35 terms that are explored, through 31 portraits.”
“The themes we explore are vast, but include the depth of language as a function for developing and reconnecting ourselves through our Mātauranga Māori.”
Models and contributors from all walks of life have all played a part in the exhibition.
Jolley said the process of gathering contributions from the variety of writers, artists and models involved was very much a natural process.
“We worked very organically with the people we knew would be comfortable with the kaupapa.
“This project was always about sharing our uniquely Māori practices and customs around hair, and many of the writers, artists and contributors were responsive to that.”
Pātaka’s connection to the community was a major reason why the exhibition had come to the gallery, Jolley said.
“Pātaka has always had a great community presence, and we were glad to be able to start the journey of IHO with them and in their space.
“As I mentioned, the vast majority of us are based in Porirua and so it seemed natural that the initial works be exemplified here, for us, by us.”
The exhibition, which opened on Thursday June 6 is on until Sunday 14 July.
The potential of young people in Aotearoa New Zealand is limitless. Access to opportunity is not. Nor is it evenly distributed.
The aim of Teach First NZ’s work is to help all children to fulfil their potential by disrupting the inequities that exist in education and in society. Through our flagship programme, we contribute to achieving this vision by attracting more great people into the education sector who are committed to the same vision as us; supporting them to grow as teachers and leaders who can make a difference, and fostering their collective impact in the long-term as Kairapu to make an increasing difference for our young people.
We believe it is possible for all young people in Aotearoa to realise their full potential.
But we have a problem.
Aotearoa New Zealand has one of the highest rates of educational inequality in the developed world, ranking 33rd out of 38 countries.
This inequality is the result of multiple factors. To help fight the war against it, we bring together outstanding individuals and support them to become highly effective teachers and inspirational leaders to serve the amazing young people in our lowest-income communities.
We hold the space for these outstanding individuals to develop as teachers and leaders to work alongside their colleagues in schools serving low-income communities across the country.
In this way, we contribute to affecting the systemic change that is needed to achieve the vision of equality.
The Teach First NZ teaching and education leadership programme is employment-based and provides carefully selected participants with the opportunity to teach in a secondary school serving a low-income community, whilst completing a Masters qualification over two years.
Our participants do not start out as teachers - in fact, they come from a range of academic disciplines and backgrounds.
To meet our eligibility criteria you must:
Hold New Zealand Citizenship or a Permanent Residency Visa;
Have completed a minimum of a Bachelors Degree;
Be eligible to teach one of our nine subject areas*:
Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, General Science)
Te Reo Māori
Pacific Languages (Tongan, Samoan)
We believe that great teachers and leaders demonstrate some key dispositions, and a range of skills, abilities and understandings and have used these to form our Ngā Āheitanga (Key Competencies).
Throughout the recruitment process, candidates are assessed for evidence of the following:
Humility, self-awareness and openness to learning
Empathy and respect
Leadership and service
Adaptability and flexibility
Organisation and planning
Commitment and resilience
Commitment to the Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ mission and vision
To apply for the Teach First NZ Programme you will first need to complete our online application form.
If your online application is successful, you will be invited for a interview where you will have another opportunity to discuss your background and demonstrate key competencies.
Success here will lead you to a Teach First NZ Assessment Centre, incorporating interviews, a group exercise, a sample teaching lesson and self-reflection exercises.
If you are successful at our Assessment Centre – congratulations! You will be made an offer to start your leadership journey with Ako Mātātupu.
University of Canterbury (UC) researchers are leading the way in early years education with a new guidebook focusing on culturally responsive learning and teaching.
The adaptable guide invites kaiako (teachers) to rethink approaches to engaging tamariki (children), re-envisage the teacher/learner dynamic, revise old habits, and reconfigure learning environments to acknowledge and embrace cultural differences.
According to the lead author of The Hikairo Schema, Māori Research Professor Angus Macfarlane, from UC’s College of Education, Health and Human Development, the appetite for cultural ways of knowing and doing is stronger than ever before.
“This impacts on the way that systems are responding to the diverse range of children attending early learning centres, and their whānau (family),” Professor Macfarlane says.
“Working on this book has linked to the ‘what’ of the New Zealand early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki. It has reminded the authors, the research team, and advisors, of the importance of growing awareness of the dynamic and evolving realities of Māori culture, knowledge, and understanding.”
UC Early Childhood lecturer Benita Rarere-Briggs explains: “Throughout the text, the centrality of relationships is embraced as critical to early years education, but the literature, and the data that were presented to us, encouraged a theorisation towards relationships as a methodology.”
In that regard, six co-existing components of a model are introduced, described and explained to support the creation of a Schema; a step-by-step guide for teachers to aid culturally responsive teaching and learning in early childhood education settings.
Dr Lesley Rameka of Early Childhood New Zealand, who wrote the book’s foreword, says: “The guide helps teachers to plan for and to construct young children’s learning and development in partnership with tamariki and whānau, while providing a Māori lens through which to assess professional practice.”
Professor Macfarlane is grateful to the research team and key contributors, such as the Northland Kindergarten Association (NKA).
“The research team has insisted that the layout of The Hikairo Schema be neatly structured and the vernacular reader-friendly, and I think we have achieved that. NKA opened the door for trialling the Schema and that was a massive advantage for accomplishing something that would contribute to the ‘how’ of culturally responsive teaching – in sensible and appetising ways.”
The book is the start of a series. “The appetite is across the sector, and we are keen to oblige,” Professor Macfarlane says.
The book was launched at the Early Years Hui in Christchurch which was attended by 350 delegates.
The Hikairo Schema: Culturally responsive teaching and learning in early childhood education settings, written by Angus Macfarlane, Sonja Macfarlane, Sharlene Teirney, JR Kuntz, Benita Rarere-Briggs, Marika Currie, Marie Gibson, Roimata Macfarlane. $40.
Professor Angus Macfarlane joins international and local experts speaking at the Institute of Child Well-being Research’s Child Well-being Symposium at the University of Canterbury on 6 June: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/events/active/uc-events/child-well-being-research-symposium.html
Kapa Haka and contemporary dancers shared the stage this week to help tell Rotorua’s story to media, Government officials and senior tourism representatives at TRENZ.
The original work was choreographed exclusively for the event by Lakes Performing Arts Company’s Artistic Director, Turanga Merito; Kapa Haka expert and cultural entrepreneur, Wetini Mitai-Ngatai; and producer Lara Northcroft.
Hosted by Destination Rotorua and Tourism Industry Aotearoa, the evening event held at the Blue Baths provided an opportunity for national and international media to network informally with TRENZ partners and other invited guests.
Destination Rotorua’s Chief Executive Michelle Templer said the evening was designed to reinforce the media’s experience of Rotorua, showcasing the city’s deep Māori heritage and stunning natural environment.
“The event was themed around the four elements of earth, air, fire, water and showed how in Rotorua, the elements come together in a powerful way and are protected to create unique experiences for the people who live and visit here.”
Choreographer Turanga Merito said: “This event was a great opportunity to show off the incredible young talent that we have in Rotorua.
“The interplay between the different dance forms was a lot of fun to create and the finale at the end, showing the elements protected by the Te Arawa warriors, was a visual demonstration of our kaitiaki (guardianship) role.”
Kapa Haka expert Wetini Mitai-Ngatai said: "It was awesome to collaborate with my nephew Turanga to bring kapa haka into a modern context. The audience seemed to really respond which makes me think I might do more!”
“I've been working with performers for over twenty years now so when this opportunity came up, this particular group of young performers jumped at the chance to showcase their skills and share their culture with the international guests who were there. They were so pumped after the performance! They'd never been involved in anything like this before so it was a real eye opener for them and they’d love to do more.”
Alilia Tupou is the inaugural recipient of the Victoria University of Wellington Teresia Teaiwa Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in Pacific Studies.
Tongan-born Alilia is in her second year the University, studying towards a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Pacific Studies.
The scholarship, worth up to $6,000 each year, was established in memory of Associate Professor Teresia Teaiwa, who was the director of Va’aomanū Pasifika—home to the University’s Pacific and Samoan Studies programmes at Victoria University of Wellington—until her death in 2017.
“I am absolutely overwhelmed to be the first recipient of this scholarship. When I read the email that I was successful in my application I cried,” says Alilia. “I still tear up randomly when I think about how grateful I am. I never met Teresia but I heard a lot about her influence on those who had. This scholarship has given me so much more motivation and I am really looking forward to fulfilling my purpose on this academic journey.”
A renowned scholar, activist and poet, Associate Professor Teaiwa was internationally known for her ground-breaking work in Pacific Studies. She came to New Zealand in 2000 to teach New Zealand’s first undergraduate major in Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and in 2016 she became the director of Va’aomanū Pasifika.
It was Associate Professor Teaiwa’s wish that two scholarships be established to support Pasifika students undertaking a major in Pacific Studies—one for an undergraduate student and one for a postgraduate student. The University has helped to honour this wish by matching the $100,000 contribution from Associate Professor Teaiwa’s family, in addition to the generous donations received from individuals and organisations.
The Teresia Teaiwa Memorial Scholarship honours and acknowledges the significant contribution Associate Professor Teaiwa made to the lives of students. Intended to support students experiencing financial hardship, recipients will be those who can also demonstrate a connection and commitment to the Pacific community and issues.
“To see this first scholarship awarded is a special moment,” says Va’aomanū Pasifika programme director Dr April Henderson. “So many people—Teresia’s family, friends, colleagues in the university, our alumni—have worked so hard to make her dream a reality, and thanks to these generous donors the campaign has nearly reached its target to award both scholarships.”
“As the inaugural undergraduate recipient, Alilia feels a deep sense of responsibility to these many donors, and to the legacy of Teresia herself. Teresia’s hope was to relieve some of the pressure on students, though, not intensify it. So for Alilia, this scholarship offers support to keep doing the wonderful work she is already doing,” says Dr Henderson.
Alilia says she would eventually like to work in a role in which she can help to educate and empower Māori and Pacific peoples in communities that have limited access to resources and information.
-Victoria University of Wellington