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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 would display to ensure Māori learners achieve educationally as Māori.

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

Alignment with the Standards for the Teaching Profession and the 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 Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Graduating Teacher Standards. Tātaiako was used to inform the writing of the Standards and the competencies can be seen throughout them. This resource will be reviewed to demonstrate this realignment.

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 Te Tiriti o 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 Māori students, whānau, hapū, iwi and educators sharing knowledge and expertise with each other to produce better outcomes for all.

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.