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He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Staff Conference 2017

Te Ao Māori – The Māori World View: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.


Welcome to the sixth Conference update, there will be further news, information and guidance in weekly editions of Korero.


We are pleased to inform you that we have a wonderful group of Keynote speakers; Fa’anana Efeso Collins, Moana Jackson, Jean Mitaera and Hana O’Regan. In addition we have a number of exciting workshops including Sonja MacFarlane who will be presenting a workshop discussing culturally responsive practice, Charlotte Mildon whose workshop is about culturally responsive healing pedagogy of the Tohuna Māori and Arapera Witehira who will be presenting a workshop which will discuss how the tikanga practices of her marae shaped her to be a leader today.


He Whānau Manaaki Staff Conference information

Venue and dates:

The two day He Whānau Manaaki Conference will be held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington on 10 and 11 July 2017.


Non-teaching staff:

The Staff Conference begins at 8.30am for non-teaching staff on Monday morning 10 July. A Conference Keynote speaker and a variety of workshops will take place for Homebased TONI Educators, Community Navigators, Transport Teams, Teacher Aides and Administrators. All non-teaching staff are warmly invited to attend and then to stay on for the whole staff meeting in the afternoon.


Administrators and Teacher Aides Conference Enrolment – from 8.30am Monday 10th July

Please note: To confirm your attendance at Staff Conference you will need to e-mail tania.braybrook@wmkindergartens.org.nz  by the 20th June 2017.


In this e-mail please also include any details regarding specific dietary requirements, and whether you are intending to stay on for drinks and nibbles at the end of the day. We look forward to seeing you there. 


Whole Staff Meeting:

The compulsory Whole Staff Meeting will be held on Monday, 10 July starting at 1.00pm at Te Papa in Wellington.  All teachers, kindergarten based students and office staff are required to attend and all other staff strongly encouraged to attend.


Teachers Conference:

Please note that the Teachers Conference will take place on Tuesday, 11 July at Te Papa in Wellington with a revised starting time of 8.30am and we ask you to be seated by this time. More details regarding content will be available in future editions of the Korero.


Conference Registration:

Registration for workshops will open at 9.00am on Tuesday 6 June through HR.Net. Registrations will close on Tuesday 20 June at 5pm.

Please note that each staff member must enrol into HR.NET themselves using their personal login details.



Staff who are attending the Conference and live in Waikanae or further north, or in the Wairarapa are able to stay at the Bay Plaza Hotel, Oriental Parade on Monday 10 July and the cost of the room will be paid for by the Association. For accommodation requests please e-mail Lorraine Coulston at lorraine.coulston@wmkindergartens.org.nzbefore Friday 2 June 2017.


Staff who do not meet the geographical criteria for accommodation are most welcome to stay at the Bay Plaza Hotel, paying for themselves but utilising the “deal” we have with the hotel. If you are interested in finding out more about this or reserving a room, please contact lorraine.coulston@wmkindergartens.org.nz


Back of House Tour - Māori Collection Rooms

This year we are very excited to be able to offer the opportunity for staff to choose a Back of House Tour of the Māori Collection Rooms at Te Papa as a workshop option. Numbers will be very limited for this workshop. However, there are strict tikanga /cultural protocols around this tour as detailed below. Please ensure that you meet this criteria before enrolling.


Te Papa is internationally recognised for the way it works with the source communities of our collections and especially the indigenous Māori people of Aotearoa New Zealand.  Our team have learned how to manage and care for Māori treasures in culturally appropriate ways.  In fact, a full experience of the Māori collections includes understanding and following some of the cultural protocols and customs of the Māori people who are the Kaitiaki (cultural guardians) of these collections.  For your visit we ask that you observe the following:

  • Please be advised that in the Māori culture, members of the public, men and women, for their own well-being, may be restricted from entering the collection stores from time to time especially if they are experiencing physical challenges - for example, anyone who is unwell or frail, women who are pregnant or menstruating, shoud refrain from visiting.
  •  Children under sixteen are not permitted in the stores.
  • All food or drink should be left with your belongings.
  • At all times, stay close to your guide and in an emergency please follow their instructions.
  • Cameras, video and audio recorders are not permitted, unless approval is given by the guide.
  • Water basins are situated outside each of the collection rooms for visitors upon exit of the stores.  These are reserved for cultural cleansing after the tour. 



As with previous years, waiata will be included in the conference programme but just so everyone can be prepared, we will be including waiata details in the conference updates and where possible a link to the waiata will also be included.

The following waiata “Wainui e” will be sung following the key note presentation by Moana Jackson.  This waiata was chosen for Moana because of his close connections with Wainuiomata where he was a teacher for 10 years.


Wainui e                                                                      (Leader)

E karanga e te iwi e                                                  kua eke mai nei

Kua eke mai nei ki runga te marae e                        Mauria mai

Mauria mai e ngā mana o te motu e                         ki ngā tini                                                                                             Roimata

Ki ngā tini roimata e ngā iwi whanui e                      Titiro e ngā iwi

Titiro e ngā iwi e ngā mana o te motu

Ki runga atu nei e                                                      ru ana te                                                                                             whenua

Ru ana te whenua whati ana te moana                    aue te aroha

Aue te aroha te mamae i ahau e                                              

Wainui e e karanga e te iwi e                                   Ru ana te                                                                                            whenua whati                                                                                      ana te moana HI



Click here for the recording of the waiata. 













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