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Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners

Tātaiako was developed to help all educators think about what it takes to successfully teach Māori learners. It provides a guide to the development of cultural competence for teachers themselves, for their employers, and for Initial Teacher Education providers and providers of on-going teacher professional learning.  Download it below:

Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners explains the competencies teachers need to develop so they can help Māori learners achieve educationally as Māori.

Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners (PDF 1.82MB)

Alignment with Practising Teacher Criteria and Graduating Teacher Standards

Tātaiako provides teachers with information, prompts and questions to stimulate thinking and discussion about their current practice and how responsive that practice is to the specific learning and cultural needs of Māori learners. 

The cultural competencies align closely with the Education Council's Graduating Teacher Standards (GTS) and Practising Teacher Criteria (PTC).  Find out how by downloading the below resource (not available in hard copy):  

Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners: A resource for use with the Graduating Teacher Standards and Registered Teacher Criteria (PDF 489KB)

How to use Tātaiako

Tātaiako is a starting point for schools and early childhood education (ECE) services developing cultural competence.  Most effective use will be made of it when whanāu, hapu and iwi work together with schools and ECE services to determine the cultural competencies that are particular to their communities. 

Tātaiako helps all educational practitioners in meeting the goals of Ka Hikitia - Managing for Success which:

  • acknowledges the Treaty of Waitangi as a document that protects Māori learners' rights to achieve true citizenship through gaining a range of skills and knowledge, as well as protecting te reo Māori as a taonga
  • emphasises the responsibility of the education system to maximise the potential of Māori learners, rather than characterising the problem as the failure of Māori learners
  • emphasises Māori students, whānau, hapū, iwi and educators sharing knowledge and expertise with each other to produce better outcomes for all.

Development of Tātaiako

Tātaiako was developed by the Ministry of Education, Te Pouherenga Kaiako o Aotearoa New Zealand Teachers Council and a Reference Group of academics, teacher education practitioners, and iwi representatives involved in iwi educational initiatives. It drew on research, existing frameworks, discussions with some iwi, and the experience of the Reference Group.

Find out more

Print copies of Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners are available. Please email enquiries@educationcouncil.org.nz to request yours.