Having M​ā​ori culture and values celebrated at school

  • We have teachers who have come from England and from other countries who have no te reo Māori. They learn te reo Māori and try to understand it. I can help them. That’s important for me because it shows that they have motivation, they have a passion to understand students at a deeper level. It shows me that they take into consideration my culture and who I am as a person, as a Māori person. It shows that they appreciate that as well.

  • One of the good things that the teachers at school do is - there’s a teachers’ kapa haka group, and that really shows in class work. Teachers are doing karakia; they’re able to pronounce Māori names properly. Because, not being able to have a teacher pronounce your name properly is quite irritating. A lot of the teachers do try and are working hard to interact with Māori students.
  • She does karakia in the morning and when we leave, so that she can impact Māori on all other students in our class. She was from South Africa.

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