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Characteristics which Kura Kaupapa Māori aim to develop in their children

At te reo classes we’ve been learning about a way of looking at identity, individual health, and well being, known as the Tuakiri. It was written by Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira. It’s a way of looking at health holistically – everything that you are and experience, goes towards your mental and physical health. Last night we discussed child development (among other things). Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira also wrote (or contributed to, I’m not sure) Te Aho Matua o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori, a foundation document for Kura Kaupapa Māori.

The very last page had this description of the sorts of kids they wanted to develop. Our discussion moved into “Wouldn’t it be amazing if this was a thing for everyone?” (Better articulated than that though. #IWasSick) It’s so amazing I wanted to share it.

This part of the document focuses, however, on the whole person in terms of a fully functioning human being whose personal attributes are recognised, nurtured and brought to fruition.
In summary, then, Te Tino Uaratanga defines the characteristics which Kura Kaupapa Māori aim to develop in their children, that they:

  • develop free, open and inquiring minds alert to every area of knowledge which they choose to pursue in their lives.

  • become competent thinkers, listeners, speakers, readers and writers in both Maori and English.

  • advance their individual talents to the highest levels of achievement.

  • delight in using their creative talents in all feats of endeavour.

  • are receptive to and have a great capacity for aroha, for joy and for laughter.

  • are true and faithful to their own sense of personal integrity while being caring, considerate and co-operative with others.

  • assimilate the fruits of learning into the deeper recesses of consciousness where knowing refreshes the spirit.

  • manifest self-esteem, self-confidence, self-discipline and well-developed qualities of leadership.

  • value their independence and self-determination in setting personal goals and achieving them.

  • radiate the joy of living.

  • manifest physical and spiritual well-being through the harmonious alignment of body, mind and spirit.

  • are secure in the knowledge of their ancestral links to the divine source of all humanity.

  • are high achievers who exemplify the hopes and aspirations of their people.

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Who’s the enemy here?

Originally published by me at The Room of Infinite Diligence; tweaked and posted on Wellingtonista. 5/9/2013

The Room of Infinite Diligence

I received an email from LIANZA last week saying that I might be interested in a event. It was being organised by a coalition of library supporters concerned about budget cuts to Wellington Libraries. So far – fantastic! A group from the community who “coordinate efforts against the steady deterioration of library services in Wellington, advocates for users and staff of public libraries and brings together groups” (who also support libraries). The teams looked like an interesting mix of people with a variety of experiences. They looked like they would be very entertaining.  Brilliant.

Then it all went horribly wrong.

The moot was “Are libraries worth saving?

I was unequivocal about my reaction on Twitter.

No. I am not interested in a debate on “Are Libraries Worth Saving?” Thanks though. #FarCough

— librarykris (@librarykris) August 27, 2013

I am ashamed to say that I didn’t send…

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