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Te Kura o Hato Hohepa Te Kamura

Region: Bay of Plenty/Waiariki

Art form: Game Design

Project name: Te Mara Hupara

Creative name

Project information: The Te Kura o Te Pāroa Mara Hupara Project is designed to engage students in the creating and building of an Iwi-styled Mara Hupara, while reconnecting with our ancient iwi traditions of kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga, and physical fitness. 

Our creative hopes to inspire students to plan, design and interact with their natural environment while acquiring unforgettable cultural knowledge particular to our local histories and Iwi Hauora. This project aims to enable the voices of all Māori students and key stakeholders within our Kura to participate in an integrated curriculum that explores local pūrākau and histories. We will achieve this while also strengthening their identity and sense of belonging by using a kaupapa Māori lens and framework. 

This Te Kura o Te Pāroa Mara Hupara Project will begin with a workshop on traditional Māori games at the beginning of the year and noho marae for staff and whanau. Our creative will hold similar workshops with a team of senior (Years 7 and 8) leadership tamariki.

The Mara Hupara design and creation seeks to deliver an integrated curriculum with a kaupapa Māori lens. We seek to enable our Māori tauira to develop a sense of belonging and identity and experience success as Māori. They will reconnect to ancient Māori traditions of well-being and strength building while also being able to cover all aspects of the New Zealand Curriculum. 

The Mara Hupara project allows our Kura to provide an environment that reflects our special character as a Kura a Iwi under our Iwi, Ngāti Awa. Incorporation of Ngāti Awa pūrākau and the tohu whenua that are important for our tamariki to know and learn about is part of the project's outcomes. Through this project we seek to not only ignite traditional pūrākau of Ngāti Awa for students, but also their whānau. Parents will be the main audience for students to convey to them the meaning of the project by describing how the Mara Hupara relates to our Kura, their identity, and their learning opportunities.

Project starting: May 2022

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