Gilberthorpe school

Gilberthorpe school

Saturday, 16 July 2016

The Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi and School Governance

NZSTA Annual Conference 2016
CORE Education

How do our local stories impact our kura?  

What is important?  Tūpuna, pakeke, tamariki, mokopuna.
Taiao, whenua,wāhi tapu.
The past, the present, the future.
Purpose: Enable trustees to better understand the Treaty;emphasise the responsibility and potential that boards have in ensuring ...

Treaty Questions~As a Board, ask ourselves and discuss...
What do you know about the Treaty?
Where did you learn this information?
What/who has influenced your current views on the Treaty?

1830s:  Māori population was higher than non-Māori, but there was:
*An increasing number of Europeans who wanted to settle
*Pressure form rangatira to regulate land sales
*Declaration of Independence in 1835 which led to the Treaty of Waitangi

6 February, Waitangi 1840 the Treaty was born. 

Article 1: Kāwanatanga
Article 2: Ranagtiratanga
Article 3: Ōritetanga
Article 4: Māori customs shall be protected

Need to understand Whānau, hapū, Iwi and Rangatira as these networks are strong.  
Why is the Treaty important for all New Zealanders?
*Political agreement which is mutually beneficial for Māori and tauiwi (everybody else).
*Māori who signed the Treaty, 

"Māori achieving educational success as Māori." Ka Hikitia, Hautū, ERO, Tau Mai te Reo, Teacher criteria

We want kaiako that are really strong practitioners who bring cultural expertise.  
Community voice.  Need to find the teacher who has the heart and passion and who is culturally responsive.

Accountability-success and Māori specific indicators, holistic approaches, wellbeing indicators are linked to a sense of belonging and connection to the school, whānau, friends and community.

How do you or how might you engage with your Māori students and community about their success?
The way we language things as the words we use determine the outcome.  We invite you, not we need/want you.
Boards are in a good place being on a three year cycle.  Needs to be a place where voice is valued and safe, or nothing will change.  
Normalise Māori in your kura.  Raise the consciousness of Te Reo Māori, raises consciousness throughout.  Peter Williams re normalising te Reo.
Greet, karakia, waiata
Learn pepeha
The why & purpose needs to be understood.  Not only Māori invited to hui.  No pressure on Māori whānau to be the experts.  
Events involving whānau

What does partnership mean in practice?

Engage rather than consult.  
Principal to teacher quote...Each time you send a child out, it is you that are failing, not the child. 

Our next steps:
At a Board level, where is our understanding of our Treaty obligations at?
What are we doing to normalise te Reo Māori throughout the kura?  Who, when, how?
Board hui-karakia to start, introductions and waiata.


  1. This links to the before post... I would love to see some more resources for how to teach these to our kids.

  2. We have talked about trying to normalise maori in our school, bit by bit, year by year. Let us add slowly but surely, I think this is the key to achieving this.