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The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand is currently questioning what ‘future focused’ schools and teacher programmes will look like and what requirements future focused schools in Aotearoa would have.

Whatever the outcome, completing your teaching degree with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will give you the skills to flourish in this new environment.

At Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, our He Korowai Ākonga – Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) degree gives you a point of difference by providing a mainstream primary education programme that is based firmly in te ao Māori.

National Programme Manager – Education (Primary) Pania Matthews says this Te Wānanga o Aotearoa programme is unique.

“Even though we’re a wānanga, we prepare our tauira (students) to teach in mainstream schools through our Kaupapa Wānanga approach. Our programme has tikanga Māori woven throughout it and herein lies the difference.  Mainstream schools are where most of our Māori children are so we need teachers who are culturally responsive in these spaces too,” she says.

Kaupapa Wānanga is our unique way of being and of doing things and helps us consider all we do in relation to its four takepū (applied principles) of kaitiakitanga, āhurutanga, koha and mauri ora.

Kaitiakitanga – communication, facilitation and teaching strategies for responding to diverse learners

Āhurutanga – creating inclusive and inviting learning environments

Koha – designing, delivering and evaluating lessons

Mauri ora – being a reflective practitioner.

These takepū are deep and rich with multiple layers of meaning and enable our tauira to flourish in a welcoming and supportive learning environment.

Recent graduate Lanne Wade-Jensen says the unique learning environment provided by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa made it a better option than other tertiary providers to complete her degree.

“Nowhere else has got that manaaki, that whanaungatanga than at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. It provides a learning environment that everyone can benefit from,” Lanne says.

“It’s not just for Māori it’s for everyone who wants to learn within a Māori kaupapa, with tikanga Māori and who want to feel the ihi and be a part of that. It allows us to be who we are, it allows us our space.”

Our small class sizes enable our ­kaiako to build relationships with tauira and they learn the importance of relationships in the workplace.

It’s one of the reasons graduates from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa are sought after by schools, Pania says.  “They say our teachers have the personality to develop and build relationships, our graduates do that very well. Our graduates are in demand because they have a sound understanding of te ao Māori and are well equipped to teach our children.”

Get the skills you need to focus on your future and that of our children at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.


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