Te Pā Wānanga on Te Kārere

Te Pā Wānanga on Te Kārere

Omaka Marae Kura Kaupapa Story On Te Karere

Blenheim Māori have been granted $1m to establish the first kura Māori in the Marlborough. But it won’t be just any old school.

Te Pā Wānanga aims to be an innovative kaupapa Māori learning village based on Omaka Marae which will incorporate the marae, māra kai, kaumātua flats, an ECE, whare hauora a and a tertiary wānanga branch, embodying their philosophy that education should be from the cradle to the grave.

Hania Douglas reports.

Kaupapa Maori school in Marlborough

Kaupapa Maori school in Marlborough

Ministry of Education announces funding to create kaupapa Maori school in Marlborough

OLIVER LEWIS – June 29 2017

A school with a kaupapa Maori world view as its guiding philosophy will be created in Marlborough after almost a decade without any bilingual options in the region.

Omaka Marare has long held aspirations for a school taught in both te reo Maori and English, now with the help of Renwick School the project is set to become a reality.

Iwi and education leaders have described the move as a significant development that reflects the cultural landscape and need for bilingual education in Marlborough.

The Ministry of Education announced on Tuesday it would provide $1 million in funding to create two classrooms at Omaka Marae, just outside Blenheim, as a satellite of Renwick School.

Primary and intermediate aged pupils would enrol with Renwick School, but their classes would be taught at Omaka Marae, where they would learn in both te reo Maori and English.

Omaka Marae general manager Kiley Nepia said the announcement was huge, coming as it did after two years of discussions with the ministry.

Seed funding from Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu had been used to develop the proposal, and the marae had also held hui with whanau to seek their input, he said.

The marae had partnered with Renwick School to deliver the concept after the ministry advised them it would be easier to realise with an existing education provider.

Nepia said the school would be called Te Pa Wananga, or the learning village. A kaupapa Maori world view would be at the heart of everything the school did, he said.

“The type of environment, the type of curriculum and charter we’re going to develop is going to provide a place for our kids to really learn and engage meaningfully with their culture,” he said.

Nepia said the success of programmes like Pa Kids, held weekly at the marae to teach tamariki and their parents te reo Maori and Maori culture, showed there was an appetite for the school.

“When you’re able to bring them into that environment their cultural confidence grows and they do better – if we can extend that to the [Te] Pa Wananga model we know it will be beneficial for our tamariki Maori,” he said.

“We know that Te Pa Wananga will be the incubator of the next generation of our leadership. These kids will become the navigators, the leaders of our tribes, of our families and of our marae.”

The ultimate goal of Te Pa Wananga was to create a seamless learning environment from early childhood through to tertiary “where succeeding as Maori and being Maori is not an extra curriculum activity, but is at the centre and heart of everything we do”.

Nepia and Renwick School principal Simon Heath said there had been a lack of bilingual education options in Marlborough ever since bilingual units at Whitney Street School, Bohally Intermediate School, and Waikawa Bay School closed down.

Heath said Marlborough was the only region in the country without bilingual or total immersion options, so Te Pa Wananga would be a “significant development for education in Marlborough, which really is embracing the true cultural landscape – at last there’s a choice”.

The Renwick School principal said the next step was developing a curriculum, seeking pre-enrolments and recruiting a teacher. The school would also have to alter its zoning policy to allow students from outside the area to enrol.

Heath said the aim was to start the school with 16 to 20 students, which would generate one teacher. The $1m in funding from the ministry would cover the cost of two new classrooms, however Heath said a discussion needed to be had about “whether the classrooms come first or the kids”.

“Because it might be we can have the kids on site working in that space we’ve already got from the start of next year, but the classrooms might not be up and running,” he said.

Heath said that while Renwick School had partnered with the marae to provide “governance, management and professional support” the end goal was to “create a working model” which would eventually become a standalone school.

Original Story – https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/94180764/ministry-of-education-announces-funding-to-create-kaupapa-maori-school-in-marlborough

Funding boost for Omaka Marae

Funding boost for Omaka Marae

Funding boost for Omaka Marae in Marlborough

SELINA POWELL – April 10 2016 A funding boost will help Omaka Marae, in Blenheim, investigate options for setting up a school at the marae.

Seven new roles have been established at the marae with seed funding from Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the South Island Whanau Ora commissioning agency.

The new jobs are all on a part-time or contract basis and include two new roles established to look at the possibility of setting up a Maori school at Omaka Marae.

There are no Maori immersion schools or units in Marlborough.

Omaka Marae manager Kiley Nepia said the project to set up a school at Omaka Marae was still at an early stage. “We know it’s not going to be easy but it’s an chance to go out there and investigate if it is a possibility. “Our whanau shouldn’t be bereft of those opportunities.”

The aim was to present a proposal to the Ministry of Education for a school at Omaka Marae by the end of the year. Nepia said when he was growing up, he felt like he had to leave part of himself at the door when he left home for mainstream schooling. “We want our kids to feel like they are able to succeed as Maori all the time.”

Close to 40 people had signed up to the marae’s after school programme, Pa Kids, since it was established last year. The programme was a “stepping stone” to setting up a Maori school at the marae, Nepia said. He had observed how children involved in Pa Kids had grown in confidence as they became more connected with their culture. “We have young boys and girls who are standing up and reciting pepeha [introduction] when previously they were quite shy.”

Other roles set up include a fitness co-ordinator, fitness trainer, marketing manager for a range of Maori-inspired condiments and a co-ordinator and support person for the marae’s after school programme, Pa Kids.

The fitness co-ordinator and fitness trainer would help set up a family-friendly marae-based exercise programme. Funds generated from a line of condiments developed at Omaka Marae would be invested back into the marae. The Pa Kids programme would be expanded from one weekly session to two as a result of the Te Putahitanga funding.

Nepia said the aim was to use the funding to develop the marae’s vision of Pa Ora, Pa Wananga, or a living and thriving marae. “It’s about whanau transformation through developing the marae as a centre of cultural excellence. “We looked at all the positive things that were happening with our marae and we thought, ‘what are other things that our whanau might benefit from?'”

Original story – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/78702409/funding-boost-for-omaka-marae-in-marlborough