Cultural capability

Overview

We’re not all the same. New Zealand education is committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi but if it’s going to succeed for Maori learners and their whānau, cultural capability is critical. This requires teachers and kaiako to recognise diversity of culture, gender and sexuality and to appreciate and amplify the view through a Te Ao Māori lens. 


A focus on cultural capability requires teachers and kaiako to recognise diversity of identities – including culture, gender, sexuality and ability – and to take action to amplify the views of those and their communities who have been marginalised. Culturally capable teachers and kaiako locate knowledge that has been marginalised – and connect with and legitimise this knowledge in the curriculum. Culturally capable teachers and kaiako are aware of practices that perpetuate discrimination, racism and inequity. They can analyse and adjust practices to communicate and teach in ways that develop critical consciousness and sustain and value cultural identity.

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Marian Pearce

Kaiwhakaruruhau
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Marian Pearce

Kaiwhakaruruhau

Marian is an experienced teacher and PLD facilitator who thrives on supporting schools to develop their own high quality Te Ao Māori learning experiences and programs.

Sharron Fabish

Kaiwhakaruruhau
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Sharron Fabish

Kaiwhakaruruhau

Sharron has facilitated professional learning and development in English and Māori-medium primary and secondary schools with leaders, teachers and whānau. She specialises in Te Reo Māori, culturally responsive and relational pedagogy as well as student learning and achievement, in particular for Māori learners. Sharron works in the Ahuriri and Heretaunga regions.

Rewa Paewai

Kaiwhakaruruhau
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Rewa Paewai

Kaiwhakaruruhau

Rewa is an experienced Te Reo Māori PLD facilitator (English medium) supporting primary and secondary teachers to plan and deliver quality te reo Māori programmes. Rewa has expertise in second language acquisition, formative and summative assessment practices, NCEA and culturally sustaining pedagogy.

Chris Lowman

Kaiwhakaruruhau
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Chris Lowman

Kaiwhakaruruhau

Chris has worked in the teaching profession since 1969 in the role of teacher, Deputy Principal, Principal and Resource Teacher of Māori. Chris facilitates PLD for teachers in Māori Medium settings in teaching oral language, Deliberate Acts of Language Learning (DALLs), the implementation of sequenced scaffolded language programmes across the curriculum, the development of programmes which optimise learners’ language transfer strategies, and bilingualism/biliteracy and language learning.

Bruce Taplin

Kaiwhakaruruhau
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Bruce Taplin

Kaiwhakaruruhau

Bruce is an accredited Māori Medium Facilitator and specialises in Pāngarau. He works with Pāngarau planning/programmes in TKKM, rumaki reo, reo rua and mainstream kura, as well as delivery of Pāngarau programmes to whole class and small groups, student data analysis, and design and delivery of accelerated learning activities.

Dr. Lisa Watson

Kaiwhakaruruhau
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Dr. Lisa Watson

Kaiwhakaruruhau

Lisa is an experienced teacher and professional development facilitator with a working knowledge of implementing key Ministry of Education strategies and policies for supporting Māori student achievement such as; Ka Hikitia, Tātaiako, Hautū and Te Aho Arataki Marau (Te Reo Māori in English Medium Schools). Lisa works across Te Tai Tokerau region.

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