New programme to grow future Māori leaders launched today

The Government’s drive to support Māori educational success takes a new step forward with a programme launched by Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis today.

Te Kawa Matakura, known as Tauranga Kōtuku Rerenga Tahi for its delivery in Te Tai Tokerau, is based on traditional models of education where students will learn knowledge and tikanga including mōteatea, hītori Māori, whaikōrero, karanga, navigation, weaving, and whakapapa.

“This is the realisation of the moemoeā of many Māori for a long time,” Kelvin Davis said.

“Our Government is committed to creating more opportunities to achieve educational success as Māori. That’s why Te Kawa Matakura, known here in Te Tai Tokerau as Tauranga Kōtuku Rerenga Tahi, is important.

“Even better, it’s been developed by Māori, for Māori to improve outcomes for rangatahi Māori.

“Students will realise an in-depth level of mātauranga Māori, a high level of te reo Māori and strong leadership skills. This is going to benefit their marae, iwi, communities, their own future opportunities - and all of New Zealand,” Kelvin Davis said.

Te Kawa Matakura

  • An extension programme for 17-25 year olds proficient in te reo Māori and who show a strong desire to learn mātauranga Māori.
  • Ngaio (Māori experts) from Te Tai Tokerau have worked on the programme’s development with local whānau, hapū, iwi and the Ministry of Education.
  • Twenty three students will work towards a Level 5 New Zealand Diploma in Mātaranga ā-Iwi, consisting of 120 credits, with a pathway to a degree programme.

“This has been developed by people who know Māori better than anyone else and who have reached into the past to find the solutions for our rangatahi going forward.

“Te Kawa Matakura will redefine what Māori success looks like and enable Māori achievement by investing in our leaders of tomorrow,” Kelvin Davis said.

Notes to editors:

  • Te Taumata Whakahaere are the Māori expert governance group in Te Tai Tokerau.  Tauranga Kōtuku Rerenga Tahi is the name Te Taumata Whakahaere have given to this programme, as it is piloted in their rohe. It has been developed under the umbrella of a government initiative announced two years ago called Te Kawa Matakura.