ngā āhua – attitudes and tataiako

June 12, 2011 § 2 Comments

Opportunities to collect data about language attitudes in New Zealand are never in short supply. However how they represent the range of views in New Zealand is hard to gauge.

Recently Dr Pita Sharples, Minister for Māori announced a project Tataiako to develop the cultural competency of secondary school teachers in te ao Māori – the Māori world, including elements of te reo, language, and tikanga – protocol. Elements necessary to engage with the Māori community in the school and in which the school is embedded.  There was the inevitable and for some teachers reasonable response regarding heavy workloads. However many of the responses did not come from teachers or school principals.

Here’s what readers of the website of the National Business Review had to say:

If you make a minority language compulsory in this way,instead of engendering support for the language, the result will be the opposite – resistance and negative attitudes. Sometimes, I think we have a government of absolute idiots with no knowledge of the wider world and what has happened elsewhere.
Anonymous | Saturday, June 11, 2011 – 1:23pm

I was thinking of doing a diploma in education next year but if I have to waste my time learning something that is totally irrelevant I’ll seriously reconsider. Trainee teachers get the treaty of Waitangi rammed down their throats enough as it is. Unless the teacher’s subject is maori it is totally irrelevant and a waste of time & money. What will it achieve? Nothing. Maori will still at the bottom of the heap because their attitudes remain the same. They’ll still beat their children to death, fail school, go to jail, go on a benefit, live in poverty – but their teachers will speak basic maori, even if the students themselves can’t. The real issue is why the govt forces them to go to the crappiest schools because they live in low decile areas.
Anonymous | Saturday, June 11, 2011 – 4:04pm

We all love the Haka ….. whats wrong with embracing a little more Maori rather than assisting the John Hadfield’s of this world
Chopper says…. | Saturday, June 11, 2011 – 4:39pm

In response to Chopper says…. | Saturday, June 11, 2011 – 4:39pm
The element of compulsion is what’s wong. Even Labour wasn’t foolish enough to do that.
Anonymous | Saturday, June 11, 2011 – 4:43pm

many of our teachers struggle with literacy and numeracy let alone Maori.
Anonymous | Saturday, June 11, 2011 – 4:55pm

Maori Youth Council should learn from some SE ASIAN countries, where local languages made compulsory had actually failed. Most local graduates had problem understanding most communications predominantly in English, written or verbal..
No Time | Sunday, June 12, 2011 – 8:04am

Its actually very similar to how hitler altered Germany’s education system.
Anonymous | Sunday, June 12, 2011 – 11:50am


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§ 2 Responses to ngā āhua – attitudes and tataiako

  • Awhi says:

    comments like the 2nd one is why this programme is needed. I am a trainee teacher on my last year and we already learn about tikanga and how it is important to build up the wairua of not only maori but all tamariki. Waste of time about learning the treaty and teaching it you need to check out the facts about the three Ps as it is used daily in every classroom if you understand what the treaty is about.

  • korohaimona says:

    Maori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa, arriving here from their Polynesian Islands over 1000 years ago. Why would we want to deny our children the right to learn about our country and it’s original people. Learning a second language has proven to help a learner’s first language as well as other learning areas such as Music and Maths. You only have to look to Europe to see how nations embrace more than one language yet still manage to read and write in their first language. Our NZ education system punished Maori from sharing their language and culture, physically beating students for speaking Maori at school. Tetaiako is a very small step towards adding value to us as a nation.

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