School using kaupapa Māori to enhance mana of its students

posted 24 Jun 2021, 01:25 by Julie Corker

School using kaupapa Māori to enhance mana of its students
Article in the Hutt News, June 15 2021

Narratives, gods and metaphors from the Māori creation story are being used to enhance the emotional literacy and mana of schoolkids.

“It’s so much bigger than just a programme. Mana enhancement has become our everything, really – it’s become our curriculum,” says Randwick School principal Simonne Goodall​.

The school has been using the Te Ara Whakamana programme since the start of the year. Through it, kids are taught about Māori atua, or gods, and use their personality traits to identify how they are feeling, so they can react to and cope in times of stress.

“It’s normal not to feel great all the time. This is about what to do when you get into that phase,” Goodall said.

“We’ve seen a huge change in the way [the kids] act and react to others. They’re more mindful of their actions.”

Victor Maaka​, 10, said “it’s helpful because you can express what you’re feeling. [Teachers and classmates] ask how they can help you”.

Ethan Withers​, 9, liked learning about the gods – he said he connected most with Tāne and Tangaroa because he cared about the environment.

Each morning Randwick’s students place a card with their name under a god that reflects their mood – among others, Rongo-mā-Tāne represents peace, Rūaumoko is anger and resentment, while Tangaroa shows they are “seeking shelter from a storm”.

The system encourages students to be open about their feelings and draws a line in the sand, allowing issues to be dealt with before they come to a head.

The programme had such an impact, a mural featuring atua was commissioned for the school’s hall.

More than half of Randwick’s roll is Māori, and Goodall said it was great for those students because they could see how their culture was relevant.

Learning about kaupapa Māori was beneficial for non-Māori, too.

“It’s all about enhancing mana. Mana is not something that just Māori students have.

“The programme introduces more diversity [to the curriculum] and it encourages them to talk about their culture, and their identity.”

Goodall said Randwick had been introducing more Māori elements to school life over the last few years to acknowledge the special place tangata whenua hold in New Zealand.

“It’s about bringing the culture off the paper and into life.”

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Arahoe School Open Training Moved Online

posted 15 Aug 2020, 02:35 by Julie Corker

Kia ora koutou

In light of the current situation with COVID-19 in Auckland, we have decided to move from Arahoe School to an Online Training.

Please note: If you have already booked for the training at Arahoe School you will now need to re-book for the Online Training.

Please click here: to view the training options, dates and times, and register to enrol (places are limited). 

We look forward to meeting you all Online as we continue to enhance your relationships with all of your students and take Māori responsiveness to a whole new level.

Mauri ora
Susan and Nigel

Upcoming Open Training at Arahoe School, New Lynn, Auckland

posted 9 Aug 2020, 18:06 by Susan Ngawati Osborne   [ updated 9 Aug 2020, 18:07 ]

Kia ora
Ngā mihi o te wā ki a koutou katoa

We are pleased to inform you of an opportunity to join an upcoming Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement 2 Day Training in Auckland, hosted by Arahoe School, New Lynn, Auckland.

There is a choice of two dates for each day of this training; 

Day 1: 2nd or 3rd September
Day 2 14th or 15th October
Cost $500 + gst pp

COVID-19 Response

posted 28 Jul 2020, 02:06 by Susan Ngawati Osborne

Kia ora

Our much enjoyed kanohi ki te kanohi/face to face training workshops are currently being developed into an interactive online package. 

You can still apply to the Ministry of Education PLD fund for this training.

Delivery options for whole school/group online training sessions include:

Full day Webinars: - 8.30am - 4.00pm
Half Days : 2 x 8.30am - 12.30 or 1.00pm - 5pm sessions
5 x 1.5 to 2 hour sessions delivered over consecutive days Mon - Fri 3.30 - 5.30pm

The second round of sessions will be delivered approximately a month later.

The online factor allows us greater flexibility to co-design and deliver a training package to suit the needs of your school, Kura, Kahui Ako/COL or organisation.

We welcome you to contact us

Meanwhile, stay safe everyone - He waka eke noa

mauri ora,

Susan and Nigel

We managed to sneak in a very successful Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement UnConference on 6th March and you can have a look at the wonderful presentations via this link:  

Te Wairoa

posted 28 Jul 2020, 02:03 by Susan Ngawati Osborne

Our training in Te Wairoa was a wonderful community experience as schools came together to workshop Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement. Tiaho School invited us into their classrooms where we saw amazing displays of the Atua drawn by the students and big Mana circles unpacked by the children holding pride of place in the classroom. Such inspiring work! One classroom in Wairoa Primary had a Mana Circle which belonged to the teacher - exploring emotional self management with the Atua and leading by example! We look forward to growing this community of practice in Te Wairoa - truly leading the way.

Irongate School, Hastings

posted 2 Jun 2018, 18:35 by Susan Ngawati Osborne   [ updated 28 Jul 2020, 02:00 ]

An inspiring day spent with so many teaching staff who whakapapa to Hastings - thanks to principal Maurice Rehu and your amazing team for your manaakitanga and commitment to embedding the practice of Mana Enhancement at Irongate School.

Cobham School

posted 4 Sept 2017, 14:20 by Susan Ngawati Osborne   [ updated 28 Jul 2020, 01:59 ]

Cobham School, Gisborne - A true Community School.
We had a fantastic training day with Cobham School on Saturday 26th August and for the first time, included whanau in the training. The School created a lovely space, put on a beautiful spread and we even took home a Hangi - specially prepared for the day. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa, te whanau a Cobham School.
Here is feedback from Teresa Scott, Principal:

"Just for information sharing and an update. Our Mana Enhancement community approach training day was last Saturday. We had aunties, uncles, grandparents, BOT, RTLB, parents & teachers in attendance (20 in total). Feedback we have had so far includes:

"This is life changing."
"I can use this to help my whanau be stronger"
"I have seen the impact this makes and it is worth doing it for the kids"
"Every thing makes sense for me now. I have a better understanding of what I can do to help"
"I can use this as my behaviour management in the classroom."
"This will help me understand my students better"
"This day helped heal me."

Our teachers have already taken it into their classrooms and started to unpack the approach with their students. Students comments are so alive when it comes to talking about this. I have posted a few videos on our facebook page if you have time to check them out". Teresa Scott, Principal Cobham School.

Cobham's second training day is on Saturday 16th September. We can't wait!
Susan Ngawati Osborne

Training at Cobham School in Gisborne to include Whānau!

posted 20 Jul 2017, 18:58 by Susan Ngawati Osborne

We are excited to be training at Cobham School in Gisborne on 26th August 2017.  This training will be a little different, in that whānau from the school community wish to participate.  

We will be designing special Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement resources for 
whānau members and plan to work alongside staff at Cobham School to create a powerful shared experience.  Will definitely keep you posted on the outcomes of this training.

Te Aratika Academy, Hastings

posted 14 May 2017, 22:43 by Susan Ngawati Osborne

We are pleased to be training staff at Te Aratika Academy, Hastings on 25th May 2017. Te Aratika is a new partnership Senior Secondary School for boys and is run under a Maori/Pasifika philosophy.  The kaupapa of Te Ara Whakamana:Mana Enhancement fits into this philosophy well and we are very excited at the opportunity to work alongside these passionate educators.

World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, Toronto, Canada July 22 - 28, 2017

posted 26 Mar 2017, 17:28 by Susan Ngawati Osborne

We have been invited to present Te Ara Whakamana: The Mana Enhancement Model at WIPCE this year and our team will be travelling to Toronto to present our Model on a world stage - very exciting! 

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