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Ngataki School

Region: Tai Tokerau

Art form: Ngā Toi Māori

Project name: Ngataki and Te Hapua Schools Creatives

Creative name

Project information: The purpose of the project is for students, teachers, and the wider school community to dramatically and creatively explore ancestral stories that have significance for the people of the Far North (Te Hiku o Te Ika: the tail of the fish). The stories will be selected from a book (both in English and in Māori) entitled “A fire in the belly of Hineāmaru”. The authors of this book both have strong connections to the Iwi of Muriwhenua (including Ngāti Kurī) and have gathered, selected, and investigated stories that acknowledge and celebrate ancestors (both male and female) who overcame adversity with courage, wit, and determination. Such stories have an enormous potential to inspire our rangatahi and encourage them to build resilience, courage, and hope to meet the challenges of our time. 

The project is dedicated to learning more about our Te Tai Tokerau tūpuna and celebrating what makes us distinctive. The project is strongly linked to the strategic goal of strengthening Hauora and provides students and teachers with a platform to explore and develop a sense of Ūkaipō through activities that revitalises our life force and enable the participants to express themselves more fully through the arts and in embodied ways. Progress and outcomes of the project will be monitored and recorded through a robust process of performative research. Reflections, questions, observations, and creative responses are gathered by means of a creative journal that each participant (students, teachers, facilitators, parents) are asked to keep at all stages of the creative process. These journals will be collected on completion and the creative/facilitator/researchers will analyse the content to establish the specific value and outcomes of the project. The entire project and its creative process will be guided by values of Ūkaipō, Manaakitanga, Rangatiratanga, Kotahitanga, and Whanaungatanga.

Project starting: February 2022

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