New plan to grow Ma¯ori lead­ers

The Northland Age - - Local News -

As­so­ciate Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter and Te Tai Tok­erau MP Kelvin Davis has an­nounced a new ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme de­signed to grow fu­ture young Ma¯ori lead­ers through ma¯tau­ranga and te reo Ma¯ori.

Start­ing next year, the three­year ex­ten­sion pro­gramme Te Kawa Matakura would be avail­able to 15 to 25-year-olds who were skilled in te reo and other as­pects of te ao Ma¯ori, sup­ported by iwi and recog­nised by a for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“Te Kawa Matakura is based on the con­cept of te iti mata tuhi ma¯reikura — de­vel­op­ing ex­cel­lent Ma¯ori ad­vo­cates and lead­ers. It will im­prove out­comes and well­be­ing for Ma¯ori stu­dents, and help de­liver on a num­ber of our Gov­ern­ment’s pri­or­i­ties,” Mr Davis said.

“Along with Te Ahu o te Reo Ma¯ori, which I launched last week, this is go­ing to help us se­cure the fu­ture of te reo Ma¯ori. This is also about valu­ing who we are as a coun­try and a peo­ple. Our sto­ries, lan­guage, cul­ture and his­tory are unique, and we must cel­e­brate and pre­serve them.

“Grow­ing the skills and knowl­edge of these young lead­ers will ben­e­fit their marae, iwi, com­mu­ni­ties, their own fu­ture ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties, and all of New Zealand.”

Par­tic­i­pants would need to be en­dorsed by iwi lead­ers and wha¯nau, tar­get­ing those who were in their fi­nal years at wharekura / se­condary school (15 to 18 years), and those aged up to 25 who had com­pleted their for­mal ed­u­ca­tion but dis­played the nec­es­sary qual­i­ties and potential.

Key learn­ing ar­eas would in­clude mo¯teatea, h¯ıtori Ma¯ori, whaiko¯rero, karanga, nav­i­ga­tion, weav­ing and whaka­papa.

Te Kawa Matakura would be­gin in Te Tai Tok­erau, while the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion would work with iwi, ma¯tanga Ma¯ori ex­perts and sec­tor stake­hold­ers to de­velop a na­tional frame­work. The min­istry would also work with the NZQA to de­velop a qual­i­fi­ca­tion for grad­u­ates.

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