August 23, 2017
Aotearoa ready for Maori culture and history
A veteran educationalist says New Zealand is ready for the introduction of localised Maori history and culture into every school.
Pem Bird says the idea has been gathering momentum within the teaching profession over the past couple of years.
A teachers’ group Te Takanga o te Wa has prepared a resource kit which will be launched at Tama Te Kapua Marae in Rotorua next month.
He says it could take five years to implement the programme fully across the country, as not just schools but iwi and hapu need to respond.
"Schools will then enter relationships with their local marae, what a great place to start and talk about their marae, tupuna in their marae, look at the mountains out there they tell a story. The rivers tell a story, the environment tells a story. We are going to be listening to the vibe. The vibe of Papatuanuku," he says.
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