Teaching That Changes Us All

Inspiration

Hei whakahihiko

Our entrants have always showed enterprise, drive and dedication, as well as a commitment to make a lasting difference for children, young people and communities across New Zealand.

Feeling inspired for 2020? Start thinking about your entry now - find out more on the 'Enter 2020' page.

I tino kitea i ēnei kaiuru te hihiri, te manawanui me te ngākaunui me te whai anō hoki kia rerekē ngā hua mō ngā tamariki, ngā taiohi me ngā hapori huri noa i Aotearoa. Tirohia ngā Whiringa Toa me ngā Toa i raro nei, kia kite he aha i mōhiotia ai ā rātou mahi pai.

E hihiri ana koe mō 2020? Whakaarohia tō tono i āianei.

HE KAIAKO LIGHTS

Inspiration

Hei whakahihiko

Our entrants have always showed enterprise, drive and dedication, as well as a commitment to make a lasting difference for children, young people and communities across New Zealand.

Feeling inspired for 2020? Start thinking about your entry now - find out more on the 'Enter 2020' page.

I tino kitea i ēnei kaiuru te hihiri, te manawanui me te ngākaunui me te whai anō hoki kia rerekē ngā hua mō ngā tamariki, ngā taiohi me ngā hapori huri noa i Aotearoa. Tirohia ngā Whiringa Toa me ngā Toa i raro nei, kia kite he aha i mōhiotia ai ā rātou mahi pai.

E hihiri ana koe mō 2020? Whakaarohia tō tono i āianei.

2019 SUPREME AWARD

2019 TE TOHU NUI

Winners & Finalists

Winners & Finalists

EXCELLENCE IN ENGAGING

TE HIRANGA O TE TUITUI TĀNGATA

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Halswell Residential College, Christchurch

Halswell Residential College, Christchurch

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Halswell Residential College, Christchurch

Halswell Residential College, Christchurch

Judges' Comments

This college’s entry was well presented, and demonstrated a story of improvement for students with learning support needs. What was impressive was the holistic view with wrap-around services available for all students which demonstrated a professional collaboration. The school’s focus on what the students could do and the progression which students have made were duly noted and the data demonstrates a shift in social competencies of the students.

An impressive aspect of this entry was the student input into the initial survey involving students and experts which allows the college to accurately assess progress of students. It was also noted that the college has worked on building relationships with parents/whānau and the relevant wrap-around services.

Halswell Residential College in Christchurch is a specialist national school that enrols students from Years 3 to 13 with intellectual and/or learning disabilities and complex and challenging behaviours. To enhance the outcomes of those students, the College focused on modernising its programme to provide a 24/7 educational environment, and developed a joined-up, intensive intervention programme which includes a high fidelity wrap-around service for their students.

Data suggests the joined-up residential and wrap-around programme is highly effective in improving outcomes academically, socially and emotionally. The shift in life and learning outcomes enables students to succeed. Students’ ratings in managing themselves have improved as have their social competencies, attitudes and perceptions.

The College used research to achieve and sustain improved outcomes for their students by developing active and powerful connections with Te Kahu Toi Intensive Wrap-around Service (IWS), the students and their whānau. They deepened professional knowledge, distributed their leadership structure, invested in staff wellbeing, built a robust relationship with IWS, developed a culture of collaboration and reflection, operated a restorative model and introduced therapeutic elements into their practice which has resulted in deep engagement in student learning, self-management and enhanced ability to develop positive relationships.

He kura ā-motu motuhake a Halswell Residential College i Ōtautahi mō ngā ākonga Tau 3-13, he hauātanga ako, hauātanga ā-hinengaro rānei ō rātou me ngā whanonga uaua, whanonga matatini hoki. Hei hāpai ake i ngā huanga mō aua ākonga, i mātua aronui te kura nei ki te whakahou i āna whakaakoranga kia tukua tētahi taiao ako, ao, pō, pō ao, ā, ka whakaritea hoki tētahi kaupapa whakataunga hei whakaahuru i ā rātou ākonga.

E ai ki ngā raraunga he mea tino whaihua tēnei kaupapa whakaahuru kia pai ake ngā huanga ako, pāpori, ā-ngākau hoki. Mā tēnei nekehanga e taea ai te angitu o ngā ākonga. Kua kaha kē atu ngā ākonga ki te whakahaere i a rātou anō, me te aha kua pai ake ngā āheinga pāpori, ngā waiaro me ngā tirohanga.

Nā ana mahi rangahau i tutuki ai i te Kura nei he huanga pai mō ā rātou ākonga me te aha i mau tonu ai mō te wā roa nā te whakarite hononga tino kaha i waenga i te Ratonga Whakaahuru o Te Kahu Toi (IWS), ngā ākonga me ō rātou whānau.

Nā tēnei kaupapa i hōhonu ake ai te mātauranga ngaio, i rerekē te taha arataki, i aronui hoki ki te hauora o ngā kaimahi, i kaha anō te hononga me IWS, i whakatipuria he ahurea mahitahi, huritao hoki, i whakahaerea he tikanga whakaora me te whakauru i aua āhuatanga whakaora ki ā rātou mahi, ā, ko te mutunga iho kua kaha kē ngā ākonga ki te ako, ngā pūkenga auaki me te whakawhanaungatanga anō hoki.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

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Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

Judges' Comments

This entry outlined a frank and honest journey which identified the real issues and actions taken to solve them. It showed that the Kōhanga had made clear improvements and positive engagement with whānau, hapū and iwi which is at the centre of those improvements.

They demonstrated that the improvements had been embedded in the Kōhanga and therefore will be sustained over time.

This Kōhanga identified the issue of a modern society where whānau had become disengaged with their children’s learning. They focused on engaging their whānau fully to enable the Kōhanga to reach its full potential to improve and sustain positive outcomes for their tamariki as well as the iwi of Ngāti Rangiwewehi.

The Kōhanga looked at the level of awareness of whānau, accessibility and barriers to attending hui, and whānau perception in relation to the benefits of kōhanga for their tamariki. They changed their governance and management structure and created one management committee for whānau to streamline processes. They now use on-line tools to engage whānau with tamariki learning, include whānau in curriculum design, and collaborate with the wider iwi to ensure the iwi supports and contributes to the success of the Kōhanga.

Nā tenei Kōhanga reo tētahi take i tautuhi i roto i te porihanga e noho wehe ai ngā whānau i ngā akoranga o ā rātou tamariki. Ka arotahi rātou ki te tuitui marire i ngā whānau mā reira e taea ai e te kōhanga te hāpai te mauroa hoki i ngā huanga pai mō ā rātou tamariki me te iwi hoki o Ngāti Rangiwewehi.

Ka āta tirohia e te Kōhanga te taumata mōhiotanga o te whānau, ngā āhuatanga e aukati ana i ngā whānau kia tae atu ki ngā hui, me ngā whakaaro o ngā whanau anō e pā ana ki ngā painga o te kōhanga mō ā rātou tamariki. I tīnihia e rātou te taha whakahaere kia tū ko tētahi komiti whakahaere mō ngā whānau. Ināianei kei te whakamahi rātou i ngā rauemi ā-ipurangi kia whai wāhi ai ngā whānau ki te ako a ngā tamariki ki te waihanga hoki i ngā whakaakoranga, ki te mahitahi hoki me te iwi whānui e mātua tautoko mai ai te iwi kia angitu ait t e Kōhanga nei.

Kua kaha ake te whakaanga a te Kōhanga ki a Ngāti Rangiwewehi whānui mā ngā kaupapa ā-hapori, kia mārō ai ngā herenga o te taura tangata.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Holy Family School, Porirua

Te Kura o Whānau Tapu A'oga 'Aiga Paia

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Holy Family School, Porirua

Te Kura o Whānau Tapu A'oga 'Aiga Paia

Judges' Comments

The way this school has engaged with their Pasifika community was a huge step up. The entry demonstrated a significant change in roles, achievement of children, and community involvement in the school.

The school values what is important and has developed a good understanding of themselves and their community. The school’s ethos of education being fun and that children should get the education they deserve was commended. Another commendable aspect was the school’s consultation and connections with former students.

Whānau and family engagement and capacity building has been at the forefront for Holy Family School for the past four years. The School is multi-cultural which they have identified as one of their strengths.

The School set about creating an education that fits the needs of all their students, and focused particularly on transforming relationships between home and school through a programme called The Family So’otaga. They have developed a professional development framework focusing on connecting their learners with their whānau. Their mantra of going above and beyond for their whānau is embedded across the School.

As a result the School’s roll has increased, educational outcomes for children have substantially improved, and positive connections with families have strengthened learning partnerships.

Ko te whakaanga ki te whānau me te whakapiki tangata ngā tino kaupapa i mua i aroaro o Te Kura o Whānau Tapu mō ngā tau e whā kua hipa. He mea kākano tini tēnei kura, ā, kua tau ō rātou whakaaro ko tēnei āhua ōna tētahi tino painga.

I tahuri te kura nei ki te waihanga whakaakoranga e rite ana ki ngā hiahia o ngā ākonga katoa, ā, ko te aronga ia kia hurihia ngā hononga i waenga i te kura me te kāinga mā tētahi kaupapa e kīia nei ko te Whānau So’otaga. Kua whakatipuria e rātou he anga whakawhanake e aro ana ki te tūhono i ngā ākonga me ō rātou whanau. Kua noho taketake ki roto i te kura te kupu whakatau, hāpaitia te whānau kia puta ki te taumata tiketike.

Ka mutu, kua piki haere te tokomaha o ngā ākonga, kua pai ake ngā huanga ako o ngā tamariki, ā, kua kaha ake ngā whakahoatanga ako i ngā hononga pai me ngā whanau.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Elstree Kindergarten, Rotorua

Elstree Kindergarten, Rotorua

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Elstree Kindergarten, Rotorua

Elstree Kindergarten, Rotorua

Judges' Comments

This kindergarten’s entry was very strong and demonstrated a good example of engagement with a local marae. There is a clear, reciprocal partnership which benefits the children at the kindergarten.

The entry demonstrated that Tikanga Māori is becoming a vital part of these children’s early years and cultural wellbeing is evident as a result.

This Kindergarten developed a strong partnership with their local marae and a shared vision with their community to ensure tikanga is a strongly embedded aspect of children’s early years. This grew into the development of strong relationships between tamariki, kaiako, whānau, and the marae, with te reo, waiata, pakiwaitara, karakia and māra kai becoming an integral part of the Kindergarten’s programme.

The relationship with the marae has ensured mātauranga Māori and te reo are evident in teaching and learning in ways that reflect the identity and language of Māori children and their whānau. The children with the support of their whānau have become culturally competent, confident and connected and have developed positive attitudes towards hauora through the community garden project.

He mea whakawhanake e tēnei kura kōhungahunga tētahi hononga kaha me te marae o tō rātou hapori me tētahi whakakitenga me te hapori kia noho tangata whenua ai ngā tikanga ki roto i ngā tamariki nohinohi. Ka tipu mai i te kaupapa nei he whanaungatanga i waenga i ngā tamariki, ngā kaiako, te whanau me te marae, ā, ka noho ko te reo, ngā waiata, ngā pakiwaitara, ngā karakia me te māra kai hei tāhuhu mō te whakaakoranga o tēnei kura kōhungahunga.

Nā te whanaungatanga me te marae kua tino kitea te mātauranga Māori me te reo Māori i roto i ngā mahi ako e whakaata ai i te tuakiri me te reo o ngā tamariki Māori me ō rātou whānau. Nā runga i te tautoko mai o ō rātou whānau kua mātau ake ngā tamariki, kua māia ā, kua taruna ki te whanau, ā, nā te kaupapa o te māra kai kua tipu he whakaaro pai ki te hauora.

EXCELLENCE IN LEADING

TE HIRANGA O TE ARATAKI

Excellence in leading

Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Nayland College, Nelson

Te Kāreti o Neirana

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Nayland College, Nelson

Te Kāreti o Neirana

Judges' Comments

This entry showed clear leadership in transforming the College and the journey undertaken was brave and courageous. Nayland College demonstrated clear leadership to change the college over several years to successful, sustainable practice.

The entry showed a focus on improving teaching pedagogy and the development of a more flexible curriculum to meet the needs of the students. By using research-driven methodology they have addressed some key issues and shifted the culture of the college.

This College has been on a transformational pathway for the last five years. The College reflected on leadership, attitude, values and entrenched systems and initiated a
values-based learning revolution. They localised the curriculum and made a
research-grounded pedagogical shift which has transformed learning across the school.

The implementation of cultural responsiveness and relational strategies have ensured the College is a safe, supportive and respectful environment for all learners. Learning is now a true partnership between home and the College.

The result has been an increase in the College’s roll and retention of students in the senior years. Achievement levels have significantly increased, particularly for Māori students.

Mō ngā tau e rima kua pahure ake kua noho tēnei Kāreti hei arawhiti. Ka noho, ka huritao te Kāreti ki ngā kaupapa pērā i te āhua o te kaiarataki, te waiaro, ngā tikanga me ngā pūnaha kua whakatūroa, ā, ka kōkiritia he huringa ako e pūtake mai ana i ngā tikanga. Ka tangata whenuatia te marau o te kura, ā, ka kawea tētahi nekehanga tikanga whakaako he mea taunaki tonu i te rangahau, ka mutu kua huri te ako puta noa i te kura.

Nā te whakakaupapatanga o te uruparetanga ahurea me ngā rautaki pānga kua tau te Kāreti hei taiao haumaru, tauawhi, whakakoha hoki mō ngā ākonga katoa. Kua tau hoki ko te ako hei whanaungatanga tūturu i waenga i te kāinga me te Kāreti.

Ko te mutunga iho kua piki haere te tokomaha o ngā ākonga, kua noho tonu mai ngā ākonga i ngā tau taukana. Kua tino piki ngā taumata tutukitanga mō ngā ākonga Māori.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua

Te Kura Tamatāne o Rotorua

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Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua

Te Kura Tamatāne o Rotorua

Judges' Comments

This entry was impressive in that the school had established a boarding hostel which is growing in numbers and is meeting the needs of the students. Having teachers as house-masters is innovative, creating a learning and pastoral environment for the students’ holistic development.

The school demonstrated that there have been significant shifts in the outcomes for these students and that the hostel provides 24-hour learning opportunities. There is a strong element of whānau infrastructure and involvement with the hostel. The entry shows the students are thriving in this environment.

 

This High School, through effective leadership and culturally responsive teaching and learning, focused on a journey of achievement for their students in the school’s hostel with the provision of expert guidance and whānau support. Teachers as housemasters and strong involvement with whānau have provided increased educational opportunities for the students.

The High School and Tai Mitchell Hostel set out to remove the disparity of educational achievement by focusing positively on Māori potential. Māori enjoying education success as Māori has led to outstanding academic results.

Nā te āhua o te arataki whaitake me ngā whakaakoranga manawanui ki te ahurea, i aronui ai tēnei kura ki tētahi haerenga tutukitanga mō ngā ākonga kei te wharenoho o te kura i raro i ngā tohutohu mōhio me te tautoko mai a ngā whanau. Ko ngā kaiako hei kaitiaki nohoanga me te whai wāhi mai a te whanau kua nui ake ngā huarahi mātauranga mō ngā ākonga.

I mahitahi te Kura me te Wharenoho o Tai Mitchell ki te whakakore i te rerekētanga o ngā tutukitanga mātauranga mā te aronui ki ngā pūmanawa Māori. Kua tino whai hua te kaupapa nei, arā, kia angitu ai ngā ākonga Māori hei Māori anō.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Waimairi Primary, Christchurch

Te Kura Tuatahi o Waimairi, Ōtautahi

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Waimairi Primary, Christchurch

Te Kura Tuatahi o Waimairi, Ōtautahi

Judges' Comments

This entry shows a school taking Te Whāriki (the early childhood curriculum) into the first year classrooms in the school and using it alongside the school curriculum. It shows a school engaging with the early learning literature and community which is changing how the school views children starting school. The focus is on seamless transitions with the school getting ready for the children looking at what knowledge and skills they can bring to school.

The leadership demonstrated by the school is courageous and innovative and the engagement and joy from learning is evident.

This School developed a new way of teaching and learning to smooth children’s transitions from early childhood services to their school. They have woven the early childhood curriculum (Te Whāriki) into their teaching and learning, and developed their understanding and delivery of dispositional learning. The teachers took the lead in changing the way they teach, and the environment and messaging in the early years’ classrooms.

Their programmes have become more child-focused with the provision of feedback and feed-forward. The result is happy, engaged children who settle into school easily. They are involved in learning and enjoying their own progress.

I whakaritea e tēnei kura he huarahi whakaako hou e ngāwari ai te whakawhiti a ngā tamariki mai te ratonga kōhunghunga ki te kura. Ka rarangi haeretia ngā kaupapa o Te Whāriki ki ngā whakaakoranga, ā, kua tipu te māramatanga me te tukunga o te ako ā-tuakiri. I riro nā ngā kaiako i arataki ngā huringa ki ā rātou tikanga ako me te taiao me te āhua o ngā kōrero i roto i ngā akomanga kōhungahunga.

Kua kaha kē te aronga o ngā whakaakoranga ki te tamariki, nā te whakahoki kōrero me te whakamōhio. Ko te mutunga mai, ko ngā tamariki kua tau i runga i te harikoa ki ngā tikanga a te kura. Kua whai wāhi rātou ki te ako, ā, kua ngākau nui hoki ki ā rātou mahi.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Fairhaven School, Te Puke

Fairhaven School, Te Puke

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Fairhaven School, Te Puke

Fairhaven School, Te Puke

Judges' Comments

This entry demonstrated improved results in the school following the identification of the challenges they faced. Steady growth with the unit leading the school in Māori-medium education was shown. The unit and the relationship with whānau has grown over time and has extended out to the whole school and across the Kāhui Ako.

Whānau voice is evident in Fairhaven School, and the learning conversations taking place on the marae are laudable. The support from the principal is also evident and the school has responded to its community.

Toitoi Manawa is an immersion unit at Fairhaven School, which offers a whānau-led and established Māori-medium setting where their tamariki are succeeding as Māori. Toitoi Manawa delivers localised learning experiences that are relevant and which enhance Māori success.

Kaiako undertook professional development and aligned best practices. They also reviewed the support needed for the students and included relevant services as part of that support. Consultation with kaumatua, iwi and whānau is a key part of the success of this unit.

The improvement in academic outcomes has been significant, particularly in literacy. There has also been a huge improvement in the engagement of students in their learning, and of whānau at hui and student conferences. Whanaungatanga and Kotahitanga underpin Toitoi Manawa’s holistic approach to Māori education.

Ko Toitoi Manawa te whānau rumaki kei te Kura o Fairhaven, e tuku ana ia i tētahi kaupapa arareo Māori nā te whanau tonu i whakatū, ko te whanau anō ngā kaiarataki, ka mutu e angitu ana ēnei tamariki Māori hei Māori anō. Ka tuku akoranga a Toitoi Manawa e hāngai ana ki ngā wheako o tōna rohe hei whakapiki i te angitu Māori.

I tango akoranga ngaio ngā kaiako, ā, i whakahāngaitia ngā tikanga ako pai. I tirohia anōtia te āhua o te tautoko e tika ana mō ngā ākonga me ngā ratonga tika. Ko te whakawhiti kōrero me ngā kaumatua, te iwi me ngā whanau tētahi tino take i angitu ai tēnei whanau rumaki.

Kua pai ake ngā huanga pūmātauranga, ina koa ko te reo matatini. Ko tētahi atu āhuatanga kua kaha pai ake ko te whakaanga mai o ngā ākonga ki te ako, me ngā whanau hoki ki ngā hui ā-whānau me ngā hui i te taha o ngā ākonga.
Ko te tūāpapa o ngā huarahi ako o Toitoi Manawa ko te Whanaungatanga me te Kotahitanga.

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING

TE HIRANGA O TE AKO

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

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Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

Judges' Comments

This Kōhanga’s focus on authentic assessment has broad application and impact outside the Kōhanga. The alternative framework used is innovative and a significant contribution from whānau has resulted in a relevant assessment for Māori. There is a clear framework which is strong and flexible.

This entry demonstrates the use of whakapapa and whanaungatanga being used in a simple and practical way, and strong engagement with whānau. The innovation with the provision of professional development for whanau was noted.

This Kōhanga embarked on a journey to develop an assessment approach grounded in kaupapa Māori principles. The approach empowered kaiako to document, analyse and present progress and achievement in a Māori way whilst acknowledging the important role of whānau.

Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho has become the name of the approach that utilises wānanga. Tracking progress through Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho has resulted in mokopuna becoming more confident, creative and connected in te reo and tikanga Māori.

Connections with whānau have also been strengthened, and whānau now assume a shared role in identifying and analysing learning for all kōhanga reo mokopuna.

 

I whai tēnei kōhanga ki te whakarite i tētahi huarahi aromatawai ko tōna pūtake ko ngā tikanga Māori. Nā tēnei huarahi i whai mana ai ngā kaiako ki te āta tuhi, ki te tātari ki te whakatakoto hoki i ngā tutukitanga i runga i ngā āhuatanga Māori me whakanui anō i te taha ki te whānau.

Ko Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho te ingoa o tēnei huarahi hou, ā, ko te wānanga me ōna āhuatanga te tikanga whakahaere. Kua whai haere i ngā tutukitanga a ngā ākonga mā Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho, ā, ko te mutunga iho ko te mokopuna e tū māia ana, e auaha ana, kua hono hoki ki te reo me ngā tikanga Māori.

Kua kaha kē ngā hononga me ngā whānau, ā kua whai wāhi hoki ngā whānau ki te tautohu ki te tātari hoki i te ako mō ngā mokopuna katoa.

 

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Winton Kindergarten, Southland

Winton Kindergarten, Murihiku

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Winton Kindergarten, Southland

Winton Kindergarten, Murihiku

Judges' Comments

This was an excellent entry involving relationships, arts, and the local/national environment, all embedded in Te Whāriki. The Kindergarten has made their story visible and has shared their knowledge with the community.

The project has been sustained over time, and has resulted in significant involvement by the community. The entry shows that the project integrates all aspects of learning and demonstrates the journey of learning.

This Kindergarten’s high quality nature-based programme includes cyclical planning, evaluation, and an inquiry/project-based learning programme to improve educational opportunities for all learners. They developed a strong sense of ecological identity and active participation as citizens in their children.

The result has been children making strong connections with the land, with strong connections also being developed between kaiako, tamariki, whānau, and the local community. The children thrive in an environment where their language, culture and identity are valued and are reflected in the curriculum design.

Kei roto i te whakaakoranga ao tūroa kounga rawa o tēnei kura kōhungahunga, ko te whakamahere huri taiāwhio, te aromātai me te whakaakoranga pakirehua ā-kaupapa kia pai ake ngā akoranga mō ngā ākonga katoa. Kua kaha te whakatō ki roto i ngā tamariki te tuakiri kaiao me te tū hei kirirarau.

Ko te mutunga mai kua kaha kē te hononga o ēnei tamariki ki te whenua, i waenga i ngā kaiako, ngā tamariki, ngā whānau me te hapori.

E tipu ora ana ngā tamariki i roto i tētahi taiao he tino taonga tō rātou reo, whakapapa, tuakiri hoki, ā, ka kitea hoki i roto i te marau.

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Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua

Te Kura Tamatāne o Rotorua

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Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua

Te Kura Tamatāne o Rotorua

Judges' Comments

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This High School, through effective leadership and culturally responsive teaching and learning, focused on a journey of achievement for their students in the school’s hostel with the provision of expert guidance and whānau support. Teachers as housemasters and strong involvement with whānau have provided increased educational opportunities for the students.

The High School and Tai Mitchell Hostel set out to remove the disparity of educational achievement by focusing positively on Māori potential. Māori enjoying education success as Māori has led to outstanding academic results.

 

Nā te āhua o te arataki whaitake me ngā whakaakoranga manawanui ki te ahurea, i aronui ai tēnei kura ki tētahi haerenga tutukitanga mō ngā ākonga kei te wharenoho o te kura i raro i ngā tohutohu mōhio me te tautoko mai a ngā whanau. Ko ngā kaiako hei kaitiaki nohoanga me te whai wāhi mai a te whanau kua nui ake ngā huarahi mātauranga mō ngā ākonga.

I mahitahi te Kura me te Wharenoho o Tai Mitchell ki te whakakore i te rerekētanga o ngā tutukitanga mātauranga mā te aronui ki ngā pūmanawa Māori. Kua tino whai hua te kaupapa nei, arā, kia angitu ai ngā ākonga Māori hei Māori anō.

 

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Ōpoutere School, Coromandel

Te Kura Tuatahi o Ōpoutere

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Ōpoutere School, Coromandel

Te Kura Tuatahi o Ōpoutere

Judges' Comments

This entry demonstrates a good use of local resources with a strong identity and culture embedded in the school. The entry is visionary and the school has identified the positives and built their programme on these.

The use of physical and adventurous activities to enhance learning was praised. The school has made good use of their local community and what it has to offer their children. The school is working to embed the programme across the school as documentation over time demonstrates the programme is working.

This School has developed an innovative and unique approach to teaching and learning through their Adventure Learning Programme, which aims to build on the potential of their learners and improve engagement with students and their whānau.

The approach sought to move the focus from addressing disparity to expanding success for Māori learners through challenging outdoor experiences.

The School engaged a specialist teacher and shifted their pedagogy and teaching practices across the school to develop competencies that enable life-long learning. This includes fostering connections with students and with their local environment, providing opportunities for leadership and service to others, and setting high expectations.

The result has been students’ key competencies improving over time in relation to thinking, use of language symbols and text, managing self, participating and contributing, and relating to others.

I waihangatia e tēnei kura tētahi huarahi auaha, ahurei hoki ki te ako mā tā rātou kaupapa Adventure Learning Programme, e whakapiki atu i ngā pūmanawa o ā rātou ākonga e whakapai ake i te whakaanga ki ngā ākonga me ō rātou whānau.

I whai tēnei huarahi kia hurihia te aronga mai i ngā rerekētanga ki te whakawhānui i te angitu mō ngā ākonga Māori mā ngā wheako taiao-ā-waho.

Ko tonohia e te kura tētahi kaiako mātanga ā, ka nekehia ngā tikanga whakaako puta noa i te kura kia whakawhanake āheinga e taea ai te ako mō ake tonu. Ka hono atu ai ngā hononga me ngā ākonga me tō rātou taiao, e rite ai ngā huarahi mō te arataki me te āwhina i ētahi atu, me te whakarite whāinga tiketike.

Ko te mutunga mai kua pai ake ngā tino pūkenga o ngā tamariki i roto i te huringa o te wā e pā ana ki te whakaaro, te whakamahi tohu reo me ngā kupu tuhi, ngā pūkenga auaki, te whai wāhi me te whai koha, me te whakawhanaunga ki ētahi atu.

 

EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH AND WELLBEING EDUCATION

TE HIRANGA O TE MĀTAURANGA ORANGA

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Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua

Te Kura Tamatāne o Rotorua

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Rotorua Boys’ High School, Rotorua

Te Kura Tamatāne o Rotorua

Judges' Comments

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This High School, through effective leadership and culturally responsive teaching and learning, focused on a journey of achievement for their students in the school’s hostel with the provision of expert guidance and whānau support. Teachers as housemasters and strong involvement with whānau have provided increased educational opportunities for the students.

The High School and Tai Mitchell Hostel set out to remove the disparity of educational achievement by focusing positively on Māori potential. Māori enjoying education success as Māori has led to outstanding academic results.

Nā te āhua o te arataki whaitake me ngā whakaakoranga manawanui ki te ahurea, i aronui ai tēnei kura ki tētahi haerenga tutukitanga mō ngā ākonga kei te wharenoho o te kura i raro i ngā tohutohu mōhio me te tautoko mai a ngā whanau. Ko ngā kaiako hei kaitiaki nohoanga me te whai wāhi mai a te whanau kua nui ake ngā huarahi mātauranga mō ngā ākonga.

I mahitahi te Kura me te Wharenoho o Tai Mitchell ki te whakakore i te rerekētanga o ngā tutukitanga mātauranga mā te aronui ki ngā pūmanawa Māori. Kua tino whai hua te kaupapa nei, arā, kia angitu ai ngā ākonga Māori hei Māori anō.

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Tiaki Early Learning Centre, Rotorua

Tiaki Early Learning Centre, Rotorua

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Tiaki Early Learning Centre, Rotorua

Tiaki Early Learning Centre, Rotorua

Judges' Comments

This early learning service was commended for its close connections with its local marae and the environment. Tiaki ELC demonstrated that the programme is embedded in the centre. The revegetation of the wetland is making a significant difference in the community and enabling children to become active community members.

Connections with local primary schools are evident and the development of learning stories make visible the learning from this programme.

Tiaki Early Learning Centre set out to authentically connect with their local community and its history and culture, so that their children are able to access the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional benefits these connections offer. The centre re-looked at its vision in consultation with their whānau and local marae, and made connections with their local schools. They wanted their children to benefit by having a strong relationship with the land to enhance their health and wellbeing and that of Papatūānuku. The programme includes moving beyond recycling towards zero waste and the provision of plant-based meals, which is supported through the development of many vegetable gardens.

The centre, which values place-based education, initiated a Tangata Whenuatanga day in the community involving all the children, and a visit to their marae every week.

The result has been significant growth in the health and wellbeing of the children and the development of a real respect and appreciation of Papatūānuku. The children have gone on to display these characteristics when they start school.

I whāia e te Tiaki Early Learning Centre kia hono tūturu ki tō rātou hapori, tōna hītori me tōna ahurea, e whai wāhi ai ā rātou tamariki ki ngā painga ā-tinana, ā-hinengaro, ā-wairua, ā-ngākau e taea ana e ngā hononga nei. Ka tirohia anōtia te whakakitenga a te kura kōhungahunga i te taha o ngā whanau me te marae o tōna rohe, ā, ka hono atu ki ngā kura o te rohe. I hiahia tonu rātou kia whai hua ā rātou tamariki i ngā hononga ki te whenua e piki ai tō rātou ora me te ora o Papatūānuku. Kei roto hoki i te kaupapa nei ko te whakaaro kia neke atu i te hangarua ki te parakore, me te tuku i ngā kai huawhenua, e tautokohia ana ngā māra kai maha.

Ko tētahi kaupapa mui ki tēnei kura kōhungahunga nei ko te mātauranga ā-rohe, he mea kōkiri e te rā Tangata Whenuatanga i roto i te hapori mō ngā tamariki katoa, me toro atu i tō rātou marae i ia wiki, i ia wiki.

Ko te mutunga mai, ko tipu ora o ngā tamariki ko whakatipu o te whakaaro nui ki a Papatūānuku. Kua kawea atu ēnei āhuatanga e ngā tamariki ina tīmata ana rātou ki te kura hou.

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Te Kauwhata College, Te Kauwhata

Te Kareti o Te Kauwhata, Te Kauwhata

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Te Kauwhata College, Te Kauwhata

Te Kareti o Te Kauwhata, Te Kauwhata

Judges' Comments

This entry showed a school that has set up systems that are open and honest and which prioritises support for students most in need. It was evident in the entry that this student support was having success across the school.

The programme has strong connections with Tainui and a group has been formed where conversations on key issues are prioritised. Services and resources are managed in a coherent way and multi-disciplinary approaches are taken to deal with difficult issues.

This College recognised the need for powerful sustained connections with parents and whānau and formed a group called Manaakitangata to enable support for students coping with pressures of modern life and changing times. They made genuine connections with their local community and worked collaboratively and creatively to find proactive solutions. A wellbeing survey of their students provided crucial data for the College to identify areas of risk.

They created a risk register which was further developed into a wellbeing register so that their most at-risk students can access the support they need to enable them to reach their potential. A Kaitiaki Hauora role has been established to support Māori students in a culturally sensitive way.

The result has been noticeable changes in their young people where they are able to cope and see a way forward. Students have become proactive in seeking the support they need, have built their resilience, and are attending classes.

I kite tonu tēnei Kāreti he mea tino whaitake ngā hononga mauroa, mau kaha hoki me ngā mātua, ngā whanau, ā, ka whakatūria tētahi rōpū ko Manaakitanga te ingoa hei tautoko i ngā ākonga e pēhia ana e ngā piki me ngā heke o te wā, o te ao hurihuri anō hoki. Ka whakaritea he hononga tūturu ki tō rātou hapori, ā, ka mahitahi rātou ki te kimi rongoā. Nā tētahi rapunga whakaaro me ā rātou tamariki i puta he raraunga whai tikanga e tautohu ai te Kāreti i ngā wāhi mōrearea.

Ka waihangatia he rēhita mōrearea, ā, ka hurihia hei rēhita hauora kia taea ai e ngā ākonga noho mōrearea ngā momo tautoko e tika ana puta ai ō rātou ihu. Kua whakaritea tētahi tūranga Kaitiaki Hauora hei tautoko i ngā ākonga Māori i runga i ngā tikanga Māori.

Ko te mutunga iho, kua taea e ngā ākonga te whakatau i ngā raru, te anga whakamua hoki.
Kua riro ināianei mā ngā ākonga tonu e kimi tautoko mō rātou anō, ā, kua pakari anō rātou, kua taetae hoki ki ngā karaehe.

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Fairhaven School, Te Puke

Fairhaven School, Te Puke

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Fairhaven School, Te Puke

Fairhaven School, Te Puke

Judges' Comments

This entry demonstrated improved results in the school following the identification of the challenges they faced. Steady growth with the unit leading the school in Māori-medium education was shown. The unit and the relationship with whānau has grown over time and has extended out to the whole school and across the Kāhui Ako.

Whānau voice is evident in Fairhaven School, and the learning conversations taking place on the marae are laudable. The support from the principal is also evident and the school has responded to its community.

Toitoi Manawa is an immersion unit at Fairhaven School, which offers a whānau-led and established Māori-medium setting where their tamariki are succeeding as Māori. Toitoi Manawa delivers localised learning experiences that are relevant and which enhance Māori success.

Kaiako undertook professional development and aligned best practices. They also reviewed the support needed for the students and included relevant services as part of that support. Consultation with kaumatua, iwi and whānau is a key part of the success of this unit.

The improvement in academic outcomes has been significant, particularly in literacy. There has also been a huge improvement in the engagement of students in their learning, and of whānau at hui and student conferences. Whanaungatanga and Kotahitanga underpin Toitoi Manawa’s holistic approach to Māori education.

 

Ko Toitoi Manawa te whānau rumaki kei te Kura o Fairhaven, e tuku ana ia i tētahi kaupapa arareo Māori nā te whanau tonu i whakatū, ko te whanau anō ngā kaiarataki, ka mutu e angitu ana ēnei tamariki Māori hei Māori anō. Ka tuku akoranga a Toitoi Manawa e hāngai ana ki ngā wheako o tōna rohe hei whakapiki i te angitu Māori.

I tango akoranga ngaio ngā kaiako, ā, i whakahāngaitia ngā tikanga ako pai. I tirohia anōtia te āhua o te tautoko e tika ana mō ngā ākonga me ngā ratonga tika. Ko te whakawhiti kōrero me ngā kaumatua, te iwi me ngā whanau tētahi tino take i angitu ai tēnei whanau rumaki.

Kua pai ake ngā huanga pūmātauranga, ina koa ko te reo matatini. Ko tētahi atu āhuatanga kua kaha pai ake ko te whakaanga mai o ngā ākonga ki te ako, me ngā whanau hoki ki ngā hui ā-whānau me ngā hui i te taha o ngā ākonga.
Ko te tūāpapa o ngā huarahi ako o Toitoi Manawa ko te Whanaungatanga me te Kotahitanga.

 

2019 EDUCATION FOCUS PRIZE

2019 TE TAONGA MĀTAURANGA

2019 Focus Prize

Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

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Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua

Judges' Comments

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This Kōhanga embarked on a journey to develop an assessment approach grounded in kaupapa Māori principles. The approach empowered kaiako to document, analyse and present progress and achievement in a Māori way whilst acknowledging the important role of whānau.

Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho has become the name of the approach that utilises wānanga. Tracking progress through Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho has resulted in mokopuna becoming more confident, creative and connected in te reo and tikanga Māori.

Connections with whānau have also been strengthened, and whānau now assume a shared role in identifying and analysing learning for all kōhanga reo mokopuna.

 

I whai tēnei kōhanga ki te whakarite i tētahi huarahi aromatawai ko tōna pūtake ko ngā tikanga Māori. Nā tēnei huarahi i whai mana ai ngā kaiako ki te āta tuhi, ki te tātari ki te whakatakoto hoki i ngā tutukitanga i runga i ngā āhuatanga Māori me whakanui anō i te taha ki te whānau.

Ko Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho te ingoa o tēnei huarahi hou, ā, ko te wānanga me ōna āhuatanga te tikanga whakahaere. Kua whai haere i ngā tutukitanga a ngā ākonga mā Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho, ā, ko te mutunga iho ko te mokopuna e tū māia ana, e auaha ana, kua hono hoki ki te reo me ngā tikanga Māori.

Kua kaha kē ngā hononga me ngā whānau, ā kua whai wāhi hoki ngā whānau ki te tautohu ki te tātari hoki i te ako mō ngā mokopuna katoa.

2019 Focus Prize

Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

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Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano, Rotorua

Judges' Comments

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This Kōhanga identified the issue of a modern society where whānau had become disengaged with their children’s learning. They focused on engaging their whānau fully to enable the Kōhanga to reach its full potential to improve and sustain positive outcomes for their tamariki as well as the iwi of Ngāti Rangiwewehi.

The Kōhanga looked at the level of awareness of whānau, accessibility and barriers to attending hui, and whānau perception in relation to the benefits of kōhanga for their tamariki. They changed their governance and management structure and created one management committee for whānau to streamline processes. They now use on-line tools to engage whānau with tamariki learning, include whānau in curriculum design, and collaborate with the wider iwi to ensure the iwi supports and contributes to the success of the Kōhanga.

The Kōhanga has also increased its engagement with the wider Ngāti Rangiwewehi community through various community projects, creating a stronger community together.

Nā tenei Kōhanga reo tētahi take i tautuhi i roto i te porihanga e noho wehe ai ngā whānau i ngā akoranga o ā rātou tamariki. Ka arotahi rātou ki te tuitui marire i ngā whānau mā reira e taea ai e te kōhanga te hāpai te mauroa hoki i ngā huanga pai mō ā rātou tamariki me te iwi hoki o Ngāti Rangiwewehi.

Ka āta tirohia e te Kōhanga te taumata mōhiotanga o te whānau, ngā āhuatanga e aukati ana i ngā whānau kia tae atu ki ngā hui, me ngā whakaaro o ngā whanau anō e pā ana ki ngā painga o te kōhanga mō ā rātou tamariki. I tīnihia e rātou te taha whakahaere kia tū ko tētahi komiti whakahaere mō ngā whānau. Ināianei kei te whakamahi rātou i ngā rauemi ā-ipurangi kia whai wāhi ai ngā whānau ki te ako a ngā tamariki ki te waihanga hoki i ngā whakaakoranga, ki te mahitahi hoki me te iwi whānui e mātua tautoko mai ai te iwi kia angitu ait t e Kōhanga nei.

Kua kaha ake te whakaanga a te Kōhanga ki a Ngāti Rangiwewehi whānui mā ngā kaupapa ā-hapori, kia mārō ai ngā herenga o te taura tangata.

PMEEA 2019 Focus Prize

Finalist

Ngā Whiringa Toa

Manutuke School, Gisborne area

Te Kura o Manutūkē, Tūranganui a-Kiwa

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Manutuke School, Gisborne area

Te Kura o Manutūkē, Tūranganui a-Kiwa

Judges' Comments

This entry showed the school building language responsiveness which is embraced across the iwi. The entry showed evidence of a whole-school intervention approach where a complex network of support has been developed.

Strong connections with Ngāti Porou and a depth of language teaching has resulted in an enhancement of the language quality across the school.

This School developed an innovative programme, Taki Akina, to improve the oral acquisition and competency of te reo for kaiako and tamariki, to enhance the learning outcomes across the school. Taki Akina is an effective intervention strategy and teaching tool which assists with redeeming te reo, and increasing the accuracy of te reo in the School.

The School examined selected texts and children’s reading levels when retelling these texts, to assess progress.

Involvement of all kaiako and whānau was imperative and the result has been a significant improvement in oral language acquisition and competency in te reo Māori, for both kaiako and tamariki across the school.

Three other schools are involved in the project; Tolaga Bay Area School, (Uawa), Waikirikiri School, (Gisborne), and Wairoa Primary School.

I waihangatia e tēnei kura tētahi whakaakoranga auaha, ko Taki Akin a te ingoa, kia pai ake te hopu reo me te matatau ki te reo mā ngā kaiako me ngā tamariki, ki te whakapiki hoki i ngā huanga ako puta noa i te kura. Ko Taki Akina tētahi rautaki wawaotanga, rauemi whakaako hoki e āwhina ana i te reo kia whakarauoratia, te reo kia tika i roto i te kura.

Hei whakamātautau i te kauneke a ngā tamariki, ka āta tirohia ētahi tuhinga me ngā taumata pānui a ngā tamariki i a rātou e kōrero ana anō i aua tuhinga.

Kua tino whai wāhi mai ngā kaiako me ngā whānau ki te kaupapa nei. Te mutunga iho, kua tino piki te reo kōrero me te matatau ki te reo Māori a ngā kaiako me ngā tamariki puta noa i te kura.

E toru atu anō ngā kura i uru nmai ki tēnei kaupapa; Ko Te Kura ā-Rohe o Ūawa ki Tolaga Bay, ko te Kura o Waikirikiri me te Kura Tuatahi o Wairoa.

2019 Focus Prize

Finalist

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Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae, Auckland

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae, Tāmakimakaurau

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Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae, Auckland

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae, Tāmakimakaurau

Judges' Comments

The kura has made significant shifts in achievement and has developed strong connections with whānau. There is evidence in the entry that students are remaining at the kura for longer in the senior years and that there is a real focus on vocational aspirations for the students, providing greater choice for their futures.

This kura is building on robust conversations with whānau. It has initiated new approaches to teaching and learning and has shifted from an emphasis on subject learning to meeting the need of their students. They are ensuring their students can become effective members of a global society.

Te Kete Uruao is a learner-centric tool that provides a framework for career direction, educational passion and practical experience for all learners. For each learner Te Kete Uruao requires input and support from whānau, kaiako, employers, tertiary providers and community groups. Te Kete Uruao supports the vocational, educational and holistic aspirations for all learners whether there is a university, apprenticeship, entrepreneurial and/or whānau, hapu, iwi development focus.

The programme offers the students practical skills and qualifications to prepare them to become effective members of society through empowering them in their identities as Māori. This involved providing a kaupapa Māori learning environment, culturally empowering teaching practice and culturally relevant learning programmes. It also involves strong connections with whānau, tertiary providers, industry, and employers.

The result has seen students graduating from kura with excellent qualification results, industry endorsements and relevant and meaningful experiences, coupled with positive attitudes to life-long learning, good communication and organisation skills, the ability to work collectively with a range of different people, good self-management, resilience and an ability to self-reflect and adjust their practise to empower themselves and others.

All of these results are within the context of Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Hurihuri. A strong embedding in their language, identity and culture with the skills and expertise to thrive in their whānau, communities, entrepreneurially and on a global platform as Māori has resulted in suceess for their tamariki.

Ko Te Kete Uruao he rauemi e arotau ana ki ngā ākonga, ā, ko tāna he tuku anga hei rapu ara, hei hāpai i te pūmanawa mātauranga me ngā wheako whaitake mā ngā ākonga katoa.

Mō ia ākonga ko te hiahia o Te Kete Uruao kia whai tautoko mai i tōna whanau, ngā kaiako, ngā kaitukumahi, ngā kaituku mātauranga matua me ngā rōpū hapori. Ka tautoko hoki Te Kete Uruao i ngā tūmanako o ngā ākonga katoa, mātauranga mai, ahumahinga mai, ahakoa te aronga ko te whare wānanga rānei, he piatanga, he kaipakihitanga, he kaupapa ā-whānau, ā-hapū, ā-iwi rānei.

Ka hoatu tēnei kaupapa ngā pūkenga mahi me ngā tohu mātauranga e tū ai ngā ākonga hei tāngata tōtika i roto i te porihanga mā te whakamana i a rātou hei Māori anō. Ko ngā tino āhuatanga o tēnei kaupapa ko te taiao ako kaupapa Māori, ko ngā mahi whakaako me ngā whakaakoranga whakamana ahurea.
Ko tētahi atu āhuatanga ko ngā hononga i waenga i te whānau, ngā kaituku mātauranga matua, ngā whare ahumahi me ngā kaitukumahi.

Ko te mutunga iho kua puta ngā raukura me ngā hua tohu mātauranga tino kounga, me te tautoko mai a ngā whare ahumahi me ngā wheako whaihua, whaitake hoki, me te aha, kua whai waiaro pai rātou ki te ako mō ake tonu, kua whai pūkenga whakawhiti kōrero, pūkenga whakahaere, pūkenga auaki hoki, kua mōhio ki te mahitahi me tangata kē, kua pakari te tū, kua mātau ki te whakaaro huritao kia rerekē ai ngā mahi hei whakamana i a rātou anō me ētahi atu.

Kua puta mai ēnei huanga katoa i roto i te horopaki o te ao Māori me te ao hurihuri. Ko te noho taketake o te reo, te tuakiri me te ahurea ki roto i a rātou me ngā pūkenga, ngā mōhiotanga e tipu ora ai rātou i roto i ō rātou whanau, hapori, ā-kaipakihi nei me te ao whānui hei Māori anō, ā, kua heke tēnei āhua angitu ki ā rātou tamariki.