Polyfest visitors share their thoughts on education

Polyfest, the world’s largest Māori and Pacific festival, created a perfect opportunity to hear from students, parents, teachers and young people about their thoughts on education.

With more than 10,000 students performing over the 4 day event in Auckland, the Ministry’s Auckland team set up 2 stalls to meet with students, encourage their pride and hear their thoughts.

At the stall near the Samoan stage, our people asked students to vote for the thing that made the most difference to their learning:

  • Māramatanga – People who know me well
  • Rangatiratanga  –  Everyone expects the best of me
  • Auahatanga – Teachers who cater to my needs, interests and strengths
  • Manaakitanga – When I feel safe, welcomed and cared for

Manaakitanga was by far the most popular option on Thursday.

At the second stall near the Māori stage, parents, teachers and young people of all ages were asked to provide feedback on post-it notes about what they did and didn’t like about education.

Polyfest performers on stage


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