May 31, 2021
Hapu need pay to share histories with schools
Tāmaki Treaty Workers says the Education Ministry needs to fund hapū to contribute to the new history curriculum.
In its submission on the draft history curriculum, the network of organisations and individuals says there is an expectation hapū and iwi will share their histories with students from schools in their rohe, without resourcing for such a huge demand.
It says the Department of Education played a central part in disrupting Māori peoples’ transmission of their histories, with a result many hapū and iwi are struggling to ensure their own people know these histories.
The Ministry must support hapū to share their histories with their own people before schools start presenting their children with an apparently official version.
At the same time, the Ministry must ensure that any hapū or iwi who are unable or unwilling to engage with schools are not marginalised or overlooked.
The submission is here: https://bit.ly/2TwUMBp
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