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Akoako programme aims

Our Akoako programme is an opportunity for teachers and students to learn about Maori culture together.  

It provides an opportunity to learn through experiences and by inquiring into language (Te Reo), and maori customs and values (Tikanga). 

We will be using a concept called Tuakana-Teina to provide these experiences for learners and teachers. 

The tuakana–teina relationship, is an integral part of traditional Māori society. It provides a model for buddy systems. An older or more expert tuakana (brother, sister or cousin) helps and guides a younger or less expert teina (originally a younger sibling or cousin of the same gender). In a learning environment that recognises the value of ako (to learn), the tuakana–teina roles may be reversed at any time. The teacher is now the student.

Our children will be organised into whānau groups. Family members will be grouped together and rotate around different learning experiences every two weeks.

Resources for String Games  run by Mr Rodley and Mrs Staite