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Kaitao Intermediate

Region: Bay of Plenty / Waiariki

Art form: Ngā Toi Māori / Raranga

Project name: Te Kono - Raranga Programme

Project information: We are planning to enrich our current curriculum by providing a localised educational programme for our students. We have sourced two experienced teachers from the community of Te Arawa descent and whom specialise in delivering quality Raranga programmes that ensure equitable learning, steeped in Mātaurangal Māori.

Many of the learnings in Raranga connect to historical knowledge and are still apparent and used on our local marae, which many of our students are affiliated to. The majority of Māori students also affiliate to local iwi. Therefore it is important to connect their heritage to authentic learning and to nurture the understanding of Raranga amongst our students. This will assist local iwi with the revitalisation of Raranga, on the marae.

For non-Māori students, it is crucial that they improve their understanding of local iwi and have the opportunity to be involved in and participate in this authentic Māori art form. The programme will be delivered at Te Papaiouru Marae, Ohinemutu, enhancing our student’s learning experiences.

Project starting: February 2021

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