DESIGN ELEMENT

3. Clear references to Te Ao Māori

DESCRIPTION

Inclusion in the grounds of spaces that provide for the leaning tikanga and kawa and help children to learn about and connect to Te Ao Māori, for example:

  • Small whare to be used as teaching and breakout spaces

  • A permanent hāngī pit

PURPOSE AND EXPLANATION OF MECHANISM

  • To be used as fantastic play areas during breaks, and equally, especially by older students, as breakaway areas for small-group work

  • To connect tamariki to Te Ao Māori and traditional ways of life

  • As a setting for transfer of kawa (cultural practices) from both kaiako and members of our kids’ whānau and wider community

  • To build mana whenua and allow tamariki to reference their own whakapapa

  • To provide opportunities for whānau to teach traditional skills and tikanga around activities related to traditionally-important species such as Kūmara, Pikopiko, and Mānuka

  • To foster collaboration

  • To provide opportunities to better connect whānau and community with the kura