The Ministry of Education has responded to allay concerns raised at our TMEF Education for Māori hui in November about the future for Ka Hikitia.
COMET Auckland emailed Education Minister Chris Hipkins just before Christmas about what would happen to Ka Hikitia and the Pasifika Education Plan. Both were due to finish at the end of 2017 and with no official word on their fate, concerns had been raised at our last Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum about whether Ka Hikitia, in particular, would continue.
Te Reo Māori is a taonga – a national treasure – and yet it’s declining on a national level. The latest 2013 Census reveals only 4% of the national population can speak Te Reo well enough to hold a conversation. This shows the urgent need for Te Reo to be promoted and supported.
At present, 70% of Māori school students in Auckland are getting very little or no Te Reo, meaning the majority of Māori students are missing out on the social, economic and cultural benefits to be gained by learning Te Reo Māori.
Working alongside community, council and iwi groups, COMET Auckland plays an active role in discussing and advocating for the best strategies to promote Te Reo Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau, with an increased emphasis on quality, early childhood learning to support Māori learners and whānau.
Te Reo revitalisation has become an important topic of conversation at the Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum, which COMET’s Māori Education Manager Hauāuru Rawiri leads and facilitates. The TMEF platform is used to discuss effective strategies to identify what is working in our communities and what can be developed further.
A TMEF hui held in November included over 20 iwi representatives, the Education Review Office, Te Puni Kokiri, the Ministry of Education, Serco, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council, and it was agreed that Te Reo revitalisation is a community issue and is addressed more effectively with a single focus from across the sector.
The TMEF hui in May discussed government and community engagement strategies, language resilience and how policy can support Māori education.
The hui in May also identified four focus areas which were:
• Empowering communities – supporting community initiatives around Māori education.
• Speaking Te Reo – encouraging Māori to be comfortable in participating and speaking Te Reo in immersion environments.
• Best Learning – identify broad strategies that foster effective iwi cohesion.
• Te Ataarangi – maintaining Te Reo proficiency outside of immersion environments.
One further action towards supporting Te Reo Māori revitalisation this year has been support for a collaborative project led by Auckland Transport, with Kiwa Digital and Pukekohe North School, to develop a fantastic new resource that became available in Māori Language Week 2015.
He Rā Ngahau Mā Te Whānau I Runga Tereina, or Whānau Fun on the Train is a digital book available in both Te Reo Māori and English, and is a valuable resource for local Māori cultural history and Te Reo language.
The book is about a whānau from Pukekohe who go by train on a day trip to Eden Park to watch the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines. Along the way the whānau teaches us Māori history of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) by sharing stories about sites of significance such as maunga (mountains), events and traditional names for train stops. The app can be downloaded free and is a wonderful resource for schools and kura, and also for families wishing to strengthen and celebrate Te Reo Māori with their children.
The Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum (TMEF), coordinated by COMET Auckland, will meet this month to continue the korero around the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori across the education system.
A previous TMEF hui in November brought together leaders in Māori education to discuss how strategies from across New Zealand can effectively be implemented in Auckland. This melding of ideas resulted in an increased focus on Te Reo revitalisation at the community level. Notes from this hui can be accessed here.
For those interested in Māori Education, a section on the COMET Auckland website has been developed to track progress on Mātauranga Māori. We want this section of our website to be an accessible resource hub for information, updates and events related to our work, and the valuable contributions of our partners, around Māori education in Auckland. Check it out here.
For more information on the TMEF hui, the Mātauranga Māori section of the website, or if you would like to supply information for the hub, please contact Hau Rawiri, COMET Auckland Māori Education Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
For the full March 2015 newsletter, please click here.
We are pleased to announce our latest resource A snapshot of Māori Education in Tāmaki Makaurau 2013 is now complete and ready to be put to good use. Click here to view the snapshot.
The snapshot offers useful information, statistics and recommendations on Māori education and skills in Auckland, covering ECE and Kohanga, school and NCEA achievement, transitions, language and some suggestions on how we can ensure rangatahi and tamariki get the best out of their education and are well-prepared for later life.
– Of the 8,925 tamariki enrolled in ECE in 2012, only 13% were enrolled in te Kohanga Reo
– NCEA Level 2 pass rates for Māori are improving, but there is still an achievement gap between Māori and non-Māori
– 27% of young Māori left school with no qualifications in 2011, compared to 13% of Auckland school leavers
To request hard copies of the Māori education snapshot, please contact Raewyn Hooper at Raewyn@cometauckland.org.nz or you can access the snapshot via COMET Auckland’s website here.
Tuia i runga, Tuia i raro, Tuia i roto, Tuia i waho
Tuturu ki ō whiti, Whakamaua kia Tina! Hui e.. Tāiki e!
Ngā mihi manahau ki a koutou i ngā āhuatanga o te tau hōu Māori.
Puanga ki te Uru, Matāriki ki te Rāwhiti.
Ngā Pou e Whā, ko te pae tāwhiti ka matapae, ka kitea, ka tutuki.
I te Rāhina 24 o Pipiri, i whakatūria ai e COMET Auckland te hui tuatahi mō ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau. Ko te whāinga o te hui ka whiriwhirihia ngā kōrero kia whakaū He Kāhui Māori – hei Reo Mātauranga mō te rohe o Tāmaki Makaurau, arā mā te Māori, mō te Māori.
1. Kua whakaae te whakaū, engari ka whiriwhiri tonu te whakaaro whakaū o te Kāhui Māori – hei Reo Mātauranga mō te rohe o Tāmaki Makaurau
2. Ka waihangatia e ia iwi Mana Whenua tōna ake Mahere Mātauranga ka hāngai ki te Kāhui Māori – Reo Mātauranga o te rohe.
3. Ka tū tonu ngā hui ka mahingātahi, ka tohatoha ngā mōhiotanga mātauranga ki waenganui iwi Mana Whenua Māori.
E rua ngā rōpū Māori:
1. Ko ngā Mana Whenua Māori
2. Ko ngā Taurāhere/Mātāwaka Māori
Hei ngā marama e heke mai nei ka whiriwhiri kōrero, te whakarite hui mō ngā iwi taurāhere o Tāmaki Makaurau.
Mauri ora ki te whei ao, ki te ao mārama.
As part of our continued focus on improving education outcomes for Māori learners, COMET Auckland’s Project Manager for Māori Education, Hauāuru Rawiri, recently organised the first event in a series of hui, aimed at bringing iwi from around Tāmaki Makaurau together to shape a cohesive education plan for Māori.
Key points raised in the Mana Whenua Hui (Māori of the Auckland region):
– The mainstream, Pākehā-dominant education system doesn’t fully recognise Mātauranga Māori
– A comparative analysis of outcomes in Kura versus mainstream education should be carried out, to inform discussions of how to bring Mātauranga Māori into mainstream systems
– There are opportunities to share practice among iwi and for Charter Schools to enable Mātauranga Māori to improve education outcomes
– Participants at the hui also expressed the need to pathway education for older children according to their interests at Wharekura level.
Next steps for the Māori Education Plan:
Moving forward, we want to include all of the 19 Mana Whenua iwi in this important conversation, so we can share insight and knowledge and create a Vision and Mission to guide actions in the future.
Each of the Mana Whenua iwi have plans and aspirations for education and ongoing hui and workshops will be an opportunity to share those and to learn from each other which will then be fed back to the forum so that each individual group’s voice is strengthened while maintaining links between iwi.
Taurāhere (Māori who reside in Auckland but are not of the region) will be engaged over the next few months about their education plans and outcomes.
This will also ensure that all iwi of the region have the opportunity to work cooperatively together so that they can reach their potential with the establishment of a regional voice.