Ko tātou tēnei

Ko tātou tēnei | This is us is action research, supported by CORE Education, that highlights the experiences of ākonga Māori who identify as rangatahi takatāpui – members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Download Ko tātou tēnei | This is us

The research brings together the pūrākau, stories, of five rangatahi takatāpui whose voices are often marginalised or made invisible in multiple ways in learning settings. It contains provocations and a poutama resource that invites kaiako, teachers, to move their relationships with takatāpui from sympathetic to empathetic to transformative.


Report authors and partners

“In this work, we wished to honour the identities of rangatahi takatāpui and share their voice through an experience that would sustain their Māori, LGBTQIA+ and Gen Z worlds.” - Lex Davis (he/him) Te Rarawa, and Josh Hough (he/him).

Written by Lex Davis, Te Rarawa, and Josh Hough, the research report ensures that these narratives are authentic, created by the youth and accessible by the people who they have direct contact with and impact on their lives.

Read their blog: Queer, Māori and young: what it means for teaching

At CORE Education we are committed to working in ways that demonstrate true partnership throughout all areas of our practice. To this end we’ve collaborated with the following people and organisations for this kaupapa:

  • Liberatory Design Aotearoa: Alicia Poroa and Tamara Yuill Proctor
  • Kaiwaiata: Lita Kumia and Marama Buck
  • Taonga Pūoro: Mahina Kingi-Kaui, Liam Dacombe
  • InsideOUT: Nic Dorward; Pegasus Health: Irihāpeti Mahuika and Ester Vallero
  • Tūhono Taonga, Tūhono Tangata: Irihāpeti Mahuika and Jon Jeet
  • Kahukura Pounamu Charitable Trust: Teoti Jardine and Maire Kipa
  • Kura support: Jeremy Faumuinā, Gayle Lauder (Haeata Community Campus)
  • Nardine Schroder (Avonside Girls' High School).