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Te Mana Tikitiki

What is Te Mana Tikitiki?

Te Mana Tikitiki uses tikanga and te reo Māori to build resilience, self-esteem and confidence to uplift the mana of young Māori learners and improve learning and achievement.

It is a home-grown, evidence based behaviour intervention programme and works in partnership with local iwi. Te Mana Tikitiki was developed in conjunction with Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei.

The programme has been running in selected primary schools in Auckland for approximately 10 years and the Ministry is exploring opportunities to formally trial in selected schools in other locations.

Evidence shows that the programme;

  • increases self confidence
  • self-esteem and social skills
  • improves student's attitudes to Māori identity
  • reduces challenging behaviour.

Observed outcomes of the programme include increases in;

  • student engagement
  • positive interactions in school and at home
  • positive communication
  • levels of student connectedness – sharing, taking an interest, connecting with whānau who have a cultural interest
  • physical wellbeing - positive demeanour and appearance, increased energy levels and alertness, positive body language
  • levels of self-awareness – knowing who they are and where they come from
  • levels of motivation and inspiration and drive in the classroom and at home

What is involved?

Te Mana Tikitiki is for Māori students aged 8–12 years, (ideally 8–9 years for early intervention), whose behaviour has been identified as challenging or disruptive.

It is run in schools over one term, with students attending 10 one hour sessions. During the sessions, they undertake activity-based learning about Māori language and culture.

Based on student’s interest and needs, the school selects three modules from the following;

  • Te reo Māori (Māori language)
  • Taonga puoro (musical instruments)
  • Mau rākau (stick movements)
  • Toi Māori (art)
  • Waiata (song).

Once students have completed the programme they "graduate", which allows whānau and others to recognise the participants and their achievement.

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