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Kaupapa Māori

Māori enjoying education success as Māori means having an education system that provides all Māori students with the opportunity to realise their own unique potential and succeed in their lives as Māori.

In addition to culturally enhancing existing programmes, Positive Behaviour for Learning will contribute to the New Zealand evidence base through supporting and evaluating programmes developed by Māori.

The following two Kaupapa Māori programmes are being trialled:

  1. Huakina Mai – combines whole-school and restorative practices approaches with a Kaupapa Māori world view.
  2. Te Mana Tikitiki – uses te reo and tikanga to provide a culture-rich medium to nurture mana in students.

Both initiatives involve building partnerships with whānau and iwi.

Māori students are an important focus of PB4L

  • The programmes and frameworks being supported through the plan give priority to parents and teachers of Māori children and schools that have a higher number of Māori students.
  • Nationwide, around 35% of the parents who attended Incredible Years Parent programmes identified their child as Māori.
  • A number of iwi-based organisations have been contracted to deliver Incredible Years Parent programmes to Māori parents.
  • Cultural enhancements are embedded into the Incredible Years programmes through their collaborative and parent-teacher-centric approach. This approach values and responds to the heritage and tikanga of those attending. The Ministry will continue to enhance these programmes to ensure they work for Māori.

The Ministry has developed cultural enhancement frameworks to be responsive to a range of Māori-specific issues. The frameworks acknowledge and are responsive to the three principles inherent in the Treaty of Waitangi.

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