Tauranga Kōtuku Rerenga Tahi – supporting Māori educational success as Māori
A new programme to support Māori educational success was launched in Kerikeri today by Minister Kelvin Davis.
Tauranga Kōtuku Rerenga Tahi is a wānanga-based programme for 17-25 year olds who are proficient in te reo Māori, and have a strong desire to further their traditional knowledge and tikanga in subjects such as mōteatea, hītori Māori, whaikōrero, karanga, navigation, weaving and whakapapa.
Students of Tauranga Kōtuku Rerenga Tahi will work towards a level 5 diploma called ‘Wānanga Tohu Mātauranga‘ which will provide a pathway to a degree programme.
“Students will realise an in-depth level of mātauranga Māori, a high level of te reo Māori and strong leadership skills. This is going to benefit their marae, iwi, communities, their own future opportunities - and all of New Zealand,” says Minister Davis.
Tauranga Kōtuku Rerenga Tahi has been well supported by whānau, hapū and iwi alike, and has been a collaborative effort with a number of local experts, government agencies and key stakeholders in iwi education in Te Taitokerau.
“Even better, it’s been developed by Māori, for Māori to improve outcomes for rangatahi Māori."
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