Information last updated 8 May 2020
Ahakoa he iti te matakahi, ka pakaru i a ia te tōtara
Although the wedge is small, it overcomes the tōtara tree (meaning: A little effort applied properly can achieve good results)
Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou e Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aoteroa. He pānui tēnei hei arahi i te whānau e whakahoki anō rā ki te whakatūwhera i ngā wahi ako me ngā wāhi mahi i raro i te taumata whakatūpato tuarua. Ko ēnei kōrero e whai ake i te ara aukati he tohutohu ka hikitia te rāhui i te hokinga atu ki tō rātau whare kōhungahunga. Kei waenganui i te whānau kua taunga kē ētahi o rātau ki ēnei tikanga Māori, heoi anō ki te kore e waia atu ki ngā tikanga anei koa he ara tohutohu mā koutou e tautoko atu. Mēna he hiahia nāu ētahi āwhina me pā atu ki ngā kaimahi Māori o Te Ao Māori.
The information in this pānui is a brief tikanga guide for centres returning to their place of learning and place of work under the COVID-19 level 2. The following guide will support centres wishing to use tikanga Māori to return to their learning environment. Amongst the whānau there will be those already familiar with customary Māori concepts like these, however for other whānau unfamiliar please use the following guide to help you. If you require more support or help make contact with the Te Ao Māori Field Worker in your region. Their contact details are below.
The terms ‘aukati’ or ‘rāhui’ are Māori customary concepts used for generations to reflect the Māori terms of restriction, temporary closure or prohibition of a specific area. These concepts have been used by the New Zealand government to describe the COVID-19 lockdown.
As part of our approach to tikanga we recommend whānau give some thought on how they are going to return to their learning environment. Māori tikanga is an appropriate way for whānau to reclaim the learning space after a term of absence. The use of karakia, mihimihi, waiata and kai will enable the shared values of whanāungatanga and kotahitanga between mokopuna and mātua to have greater significance. Therefore this is what we recommend centres use as part of your first gathering on your return physically and spritually to the learning space or work environment.
Click on the You Tube link: https://youtu.be/gHGsfFBeK4Q?t=10
Waiata – Purea Nei nā Hirini Melborne
Click on the You Tube link Purea Nei: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRWwrdRjkDA
Karakia mō te kai
Click on the You Tube link for karakia kai: https://youtu.be/ZH09J__B-Qs
Mihi – here are some ideas (this is only a guide)
Te Ao Māori Field Worker contact details:
Keri Milich 09 415 3321 email to: [email protected]
Jean Yern 09 838 8849 email to: [email protected]
Faith Tupou 020 401 28678 email to: [email protected]
Erana Rattray 03 377 2540 email to: [email protected]
Sasha Harbott email to: [email protected]centre.org.nz