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Hui-ā-Tau for Early Years Kaiako - Pikorua: Actualising Tiriti partnership in early childhood practice

After cancelling last yearʻs hui because of COVID we are pleased to be bringing kaiako back together.

Registrations close at 3.59 pm on Friday 30 July 2021 or before if all places have been taken. This year there are a maximum of 90 places available and registrations are on a first come first served basis. Programme and key note information below, as well as registration and payment forms.


  • 9:15 - Mihi Maioha
  • 9:30 – 10:30 Keynote presentation
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Kai
  • 11:00 – 12:30 Breakout sessions
  • 12:30 – 1:00 Kai/poroporoaki

Keynote presention

Te Whāriki and Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Lesley Rameka & Brenda Soutar

Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum document was published in 1996 and shaped early childhood education practice in Aotearoa, New Zealand for over 20 years. From the outset, the writers of Te Whāriki, Dr Helen May, Dr Margaret Carr, Dr Tamati Reedy and Tilly Reed, were committed to producing a document that honoured, Aotearoa, New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi. In 2017 Te Whāriki was updated to reflect the changes to context, theory, and practice that had occurred over those years. The updated Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum includes a stronger focus on bicultural practices, and stresses the importance of language, culture, and identity to the learning of mokopuna within our Tiriti-based context. The updated Te Whāriki has strengthened Māori values and beliefs, integrating more te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, and Māori concepts, pedagogies and practices. This presentation will explore these values and beliefs and in order to support kaiako to develop deeper understandings of the Māori child, Māori culture, and ways of seeing and knowing the world from a Māori perspective.

Ko wai rāua?

Brenda Soutar is a founding member and former leader of Mana Tamariki, a Māori immersion educational setting for infants through to the end of high school.  She was Lead Researcher for the Mana Tamariki Centres of Innovation (COI) project, Associate Investigator for a Marsden Fund Research Project collaboration with the University of Waikato and a member of the Te Whāriki update writing team 2017 along with Lesley.

Lesley Rameka is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wilf Malcom Institute of Educational Research in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato. Lesley has worked in early childhod education for over thiry years, beginning her journey in Te Kōhanga Reo and working with a number of professional development and tertiary education providers over her career.


Register on the College of Education website

Date Saturday, 7 August 2021
Time 9:00am - 1:00pm
LocationUniversity of Otago College of Education, Union Street East, Ōtepoti / Dunedin

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