Matapono (principles)

Moriori, as Tchakat henu of Rekohu, and as an indigenous people of New Zealand exercise our right to determine and articulate how our beliefs fit with the education system in force across New Zealand, including Rekohu.

As the New Zealand Curriculum is the overriding curriculum document in use in every state and state-integrated school in New Zealand, and therefore would be familiar to most educators, we have followed a similar layout in how we are presenting our views and understandings about education.

For a more natural and holistic view, more in line with our approach to learning and life, please click here >>>>>>>

This education-resources website and all of the resources generated by Hokotehi Moriori Trust displayed on this website embrace the matapono that we believe are important and desirable in any school curriculum – nationally or locally. They should underpin all school decision making.

As is the case with all of our education resources, we believe that the learner is central to the teaching and learning. They need and deserve a curriculum that is relevant to them, that causes them to think and looks ahead to their future and engages and challenges them, is forward-looking and inclusive, and affirms and celebrates the learner’s unique identity as well as acknowledging the uniqueness and history of cultures across New Zealand

Although on the surface, they may seem very alike, matapono (principles) and whai takina (values) have different roles to play.

Matapono are linked to how the curriculum is planned, prioritised, resourced and reviewed. The “why” we do it. Whai takina are explicitly linked to the “how” we do it.  They refer to the ways in which we can model what we want taught, encourage students and explore learning.

All curriculum should be consistent with the following statements:

The learning should support akonga and empower them all to learn and achieve to the best of their ability, regardless of who they are or where they come from.

Tiriti O Waitangi
The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. learning-principles,unit-plans,education-resourcesAll students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Māori, te re moriori me ōna tikanga.

We recognise that New Zealand is an evolving and diverse cultural landscape, where tangata whenua are a minority. We also acknowledge the different cultures on Rekohu and honour the identities, histories and traditions of all the people of Rekohu.

Hui katoa
The learning accepts our differences and recognises and celebrates our identities.

Ako akoranga 
A strong focus on learning how to learn.

Hunau ako
The curriculum has meaning for students, connects with their wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whānau, and communities.

The learning is relevant, makes connections across the curriculum, is accessible for everyone and provides pathways for future learning.

Aro a mua
Looking at issues that will affect akonga and their world beyond school. (eg: sustainability, environment, culture, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation). Learning is about preparing these akonga for their futures.

Re Moriori (the language)

Do you want to learn some Re Moriori? Click below and go and have a look at the examples of Re Moriori?


Free Education resources unit-plans

If you are doing a unit on settlement with your kids, consider doing the Misty Skies unit as part of your studies. It makes a nice comparison with the settlement of New Zealand. The difference on Rekohu is that the Europeans came before the Maori, and after the Moriori. Have a look, its fascinating and kids love it. This is something completely new for them and gets them away from the ‘same old stuff’ that some teachers tend to teach for their Treaty topics.

To download unit plan templates in each curriculum area, simply go to the appropriate curriculum area by clicking on one of the links to the left. Each curriculum page has a drop-down list containing all of the unit plan templates….(for free)…..