Building relationships with whānau, hapū, and iwi

Leaders who build enduring, reciprocal relationships with mana whenua understand the importance of Māori kids knowing who they are and where they're from.

Working effectively with iwi and hapū

Melanie Taite-Pitama talks about how schools can build and strengthen a relationship with local marae or hapū to ensure their tamariki and whānau have connection to papakainga and whakapapa.

This video is courtesy of Edtalks. You can view the transcript on Edtalks.

Melanie Taite-Pitama is a student achievement function practitioner at the Ministry of Education.

A framework for partnerships

Connecting with Māori Communities – an e-book used in the Kia Eke Panuku programme – includes a theoretical framework for developing effective educational connections between schools and their Māori communities.

The framework is supported with videos discussing strategies that leaders could implement to address four themes of collaboration and partnership with Māori communities:

  • identify who you are
  • build relational trust
  • listen to communities
  • respond accordingly.

 A framework for partnerships/collaboration – Poutama Pounamu website

Deliberate acts of leadership

James Hargest High School is developing a bicultural school context and a reciprocal relationship between the school and the local Māori community.

This video is courtesy of ERO. You can view it on the ERO website.

Related pages

Embracing cultural narratives 

A cultural narrative can be your guide to threading the history and storying of mana whenua into the fabric of your school.

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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