Haere mai, everything is ka pai.
Nanny shared with us again on our last day of the NZSTA Conference. As usual, she had us laughing throughout. Today she had a korero with the conference attendees.
Some messages that came through:
If you are talking to a Māori and they criticize your pronunciation, you are talking to the wring Māori. It is up to all of us to support each other.
Harness the fire so it doesn't burn out of control. Think out of the box.
Help everybody to understand...bridge the gap.
We have some Māori words that have become Pakeha words. When we use these, we are caretakers of the language and help normalise it.
Rangatira...raranga to weave, tira group of people. Be a weaver of people. You are Ranagatira.
Create your own culture within your school.
It's not only Māori who are the caretakers of Māori. Grow as on nation not one people. You can control the culture in your school.