Building relationships with whānau, hapū, and iwi

Leaders who strengthen partnerships and networks to enhance student learning demonstrate the interpersonal skills needed for building strong relationships with key stakeholder groups such as trustees, parents, whānau, and local organisations.

New Zealand articles and resources

Effective bicultural leadership: A way to restore harmony at school and avoid suspension

by Mere Berryman and Sonja Bateman

This article describes a incident in which three Māori boys in years 7 and 8 were found experimenting with marijuana during the school day and on the school grounds. It is a short case study with a theoretical analysis.

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New Zealand school stories

Taihape Area School: engaging their community

School leaders, teachers, students, parents, whānau and iwi at Taihape Area School worked in partnership on an extensive programme of change from 2006 to the present.

Trusteeship: a special opportunity for whānau

by Ngā Haeata Mātauranga The Annual Report on Māori Education 2006/07

In this case study, long-serving school trustee and New Zealand School Trustees Association president Lorraine Kerr talks about the important contribution whānau can make to school boards, noting that boards need an ability to analyse, understand, and tackle complex problems in commonsense ways.

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Supporting rangatahi with common-sense solutions

by Ngā Haeata Mātauranga The Annual Report on Māori Education 2007/08

In this case study, Newlands College deputy principal John Murdoch reflects on his school’s experience in setting up a whānau advisory group. The group began in response to data showing the college’s year 9 Māori students were struggling.

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Related sabbatical reports

  • Rex Allott, Omanu School

    To investigate programmes and practices that enhance the relationship between families, communities, schools - in particular those that improve the achievement of Māori children and their whānau. (PDF 178kB)