Place-based education in our backyard: Te Tūranga o Ōku Waewae


About the seminar

This seminar will explore placed-based education in our backyard. Te Tūranga o Ōku Waewae will support teachers and kaiako to be aware of the importance of teaching cultural narratives unique to Aotearoa. We will discuss landmarks, significant historical events, and place names situated within Te Whanganui-ā-Tara which are associated with Kupe and his people.

This CORE breakfast seminar will:

  • introduce participants to place based education and the importance of teaching cultural stories in order to affirm Māori culture, identity, and heritage
  • locate participants from where their feet stand in their own backyard and recognise the influences of people, place, and historical events that have shaped who we are today
  • grow awareness of place based education, its potential to localise learning and to localise the school curriculum
  • help realise that cultural narratives are as much for non-Māori as they are for Māori.

Who is this seminar for?

This session will be of interest to teachers and leaders who would like to find out more about place-based education through cultural narratives.

About the workshop

This workshop is a hands-on opportunity to delve deeper into place-based education through cultural narratives and explore what can be found in your own backyard. Participants will break out into a learning hub that will rotate around each presenter. This will enable participants to:

  • experience a variety of activities about place-based education and how these could be used in the classroom
  • gain knowledge of local place names and stories within the Wellington region
  • develop approaches that engage tamariki in stories that affirm their culture, identity, and heritage.

Meet the presenters

Rosalie Reiri HS W 2

Rosalie Reiri

He uri tēnei nō Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne, Ngāti Porou hoki.

Rosalie has taught in Māori-medium within Waikato and South Auckland where her knowledge of diversity and multiculturalism was fostered. She has completed a dissertation, "How to build a community of successful Māori learners in a decile one school", in order to identify key components to ensure success for Māori supports success for all. Rosalie is part of the Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko team to support kura and digital readiness for 20/20.

Follow Rosalie on Twitter @RReiri, and read her blog posts:


Patariki Grace 1

Patariki Grace

Ngāti Toa Rangatira; Te Ātiawa ki Kāpiti; Ngāti Porou.

Patariki is a content editor, quality assurer, content manager, writer and content loader of Māori-medium resources on Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI). He has also provided consultation for the development of resources on TKI and continues to provide online support for the education sector.

Read Patariki’s blog, Intergenerational change through loss of taonga.


Te Mako Orzecki HS W

Te Mako Orzecki

Ngāti Raukawa Te Au ki te Tonga, Ngāti Wehi Wehi.

Te Mako is a content loader/editor for the Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko Digital Readiness programme. He is also an online advisor, administrator, and content manager for the Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) Channel Support team.

Follow Te Mako on Twitter @OrzeckiT, and read his blog post, Manaakitanga.


Te Wāhanga Atawhai Mercy Conference Centre - Wellington

15 Guildford Tce, Thorndon,

How to get there, and carparking

There are a number of car parking options at the Wellington venue:

  • Hill Street Car Park:
    The Hill Street car park is 100 metres down the hill from the entrance to Guildford Terrace. It is directly under the Catholic Centre. Please note it is Early Bird parking only ($13 per day, cash only). There are 44 casual parks but it does fill quickly so if you want to get a park you will need to arrive early (between 7.30am to 7.45am).
  • Ballantrae Place Car Park:
    The Ballantrae car park is directly under the motorway. The best way to go to this car park is to come down Bowen Street from Tinakori Road and turn left into Ballantrae Place. Car parking here is $16 for the day. You pay by the hour and it appears to be coin operated. Again we recommend you get there as early as possible to get a park. There is a pedestrian walkway that runs from Ballantrae Place to Hill Street, a small climb on the way up but very easy coming down.