January 26, 2022
Pukapuka tackles taniwha in classroom
A Māori educator believes many teachers and principals want to engage in a more culturally sensitive way with tauira Māori, but don’t know how.
That’s why Dr Melanie Riwai-Couch has written a new book, covering subjects such as honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi, addressing racism in school settings, understanding Te Reo Māori, and dealing with whānau concerns.
She says the pukapuka grew out of her extensive experience speaking at conferences and kura on how teachers can lift their game for all their students.
“I don’t believe that a book is going to make a world of difference but a book used in the right way where there are shared conversations and we can have not just professional learning but where we can start to change the way of thinking and enablement, where we can really have that transformation – we need a movement,” Dr Riwai-Couch says.
Niho Taniwha: Improving Teaching and Learning for Ākonga Māori is available for pre-order from Huia Publishers.