Te Whakamānawa: developing cultural competencies in learning communities


Aotearoa is a bicultural nation and our learning communities are becoming much more diverse and multicultural. This online programme will explore how our learning communities might better reflect our bicultural heritage and give mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will also share ways in which our pedagogy and practice work in future focused learning communities, as well as how our relationships with students, whānau and iwi/hapū can support the engagement and achievement of all students.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this online programme, participants will be able to:

  • evaluate your current practices and pedagogy
  • explore and implement practical ways in which your learning community might better reflect the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa
  • empower ākonga Māori to achieve educational success ‘as Māori’
  • meaningfully engage with and create partnerships with ākonga, whānau, iwi/hapū and the wider community
  • implement strategies into practice that will give mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi)
  • integrate more culturally responsive practices.

Who is this for?

Leaders and teachers in English-medium learning communities who are seeking to improve their bicultural and culturally responsive practices, give mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and better engage with students, whānau and iwi/hapū.

Programme format

20 week online programme divided into five modules (four weeks per module):

  • Each of the five modules has a wero (challenge presentation) for participants to create and share back.
  • Participants are also invited to reflect on each module and self assess their own progress and their learning communities in relation to culturally responsive and bicultural practices.
  • There are two online webinars for each module (10 in total) for approximately one hour each.
  • All webinars are held on Thursdays, 3.30-4.30pm.
  • We estimate that participants will spend approximately 3-5 hours per week engaging with the programme. However where multiple staff from the same school, centre or Kāhui Ako are taking part, participants will likely work together, possibly limiting the time commitment.


Module 1: Ko wai tātou? / Who are we?
Learning about, defining and sharing our own culture as teachers/leaders and as a learning community.

Module 2: Ko Aotearoa tēnei / This is Aotearoa
Defining Culturally Responsive Practice. Exploring the bicultural essence of Aotearoa and how learning communities can reflect and enhance our bicultural heritage.

Module 3: Te eke angitu a te Māori / Māori success
Exploring how learning communities define and celebrate success. Defining ‘Māori Achieving Success as Māori’ and exploring opportunities for enhancing and growing success for Māori students and their whānau.

Module 4: He whānau kotahi tātou / We are all whānau
Exploring effective engagement strategies for students, whānau and iwi/hapū.

Module 5: Whakamanahia Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Give mana to the Treaty of Waitangi
Exploring how learning communities can give mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the relationship between Te Tiriti o Waitangi, future focused pedagogy and schools and centres.


Ānaru White interviewed Sunny West, who completed Te Whakamānawa - Culturally Responsive Practice in School Communities in 2017, to find out her key takeaways from the programme.

"No one had to be on exactly the same pathway; we could come in at an individual place in our journey in terms of our cultural responsive practice and build on what we knew, as well as develop any new learning from the resources that were given."
- Sunny West, Deputy Principal, Leamington School

Listen to the full interview


Online programme

This programme is held online, with participants connecting with facilitators in regular webinars and forums to discuss and share learning. 

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