September 21, 2015
Whanau Ora support for Maori speaking whanau.
A Christchurch kura kaupapa is being funded by Whanau Ora to provide after school support for Maori-speaking children.
Te Whanau Tahi principal Melanie Riwai-Couch says the Poipoia initiative came out of discussions with whanau about what they needed at home to support the learning going on at school.
She says Te Putahitanga, the South Island Whanau Ora commissioning agency, could see the benefits.
It’s based at the kura but available for all Maori-speaking children in Otautahi, especially those doing level one or two immersion.
"They can come and either get homework supervision support facilitated in reo Maori. They could come and get subjects tutoring for reo Maori, reo rangatira, te reo Pakeha, te taiao, hangarau whatever the subjects needs are. Whanau can also enrol and we have tutors who go into the home and support those whanau with the reo that the whanau want so that they can have better learning conversations with their kids about what's happening at kura" she says.
Melanie Riwai Couch says through Poipoia, Te Whanau Tahi is also providing two other Christchurch kura with funding and resources so they can run reo Maori programmes for whanau and parents.
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