July 09, 2014
Belief fires teacher’s passion
The winner of a tertiary teaching award says he’s driven by a committment to tino rangatiratanga.
University of Waikato te reo Maori me ona tikanga lecturer Enoka Murphy won the $20,000 Ako Aotearoa award for teaching in a kaupapa Maori context.
He credits his parents Takawai and Chris Murphy for putting him on the path of teaching, starting as a tutor while still at high school and then on to community night classes, kohanga reo, kura kaupapa and tertiary level.
"In the 90s the tino rangatiratanga movement was really strong and so we grew up as a part of the movement, and of course that’s reclamation of reo, reclamation of tikanga, of our stories, of our songs, of our identity. That movement, none of us has popped out of and we are very unlikely to because it becomes a belief like a religion,," Mr Murphy says.
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