Kia ora ano whānau!
On Monday, Hōaka Pounamu Postgraduate Diploma in Education students from the University of Canterbury went to Cobham Intermediate. The purpose of this visit was to hear how Deputy Principal Tamara Bell, staff and students promote te reo Māori me ōna tikanga (language and customs) in their school.
It was amazing to see how the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi are being implemented amongst their staff and students. The overarching goal is to provide their students with an excellent education that is relevant, meaningful and culturally responsive to their learning needs.
It was a delight to sit down with the confident, kaiārahi Māori (Māori student leaders) and discuss their perspectives of what ‘being Māori’ means to them and how their mentoring roles support other Māori tauira at Cobham. They were excited to share how they are responsible for organising events such as Māori hui (meetings), karakia at the beginning and end of assemblies, sharing their pepeha and much more.
‘Ko ngā rangatahi inaiānei, ā, ko ngā rangatira āpōpō!’
‘The children of today are the chiefs of tomorrow!’
Nei rā te mihi ki a koutou mō ō koutou manaakitanga i tēnei rā! Nō reira, ngā mihi kau ana, ngā mihi mahana, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.
Nā Nate rāua ko Teariki
– By Teariki Tuiono and Nathan Riki