Ngā hononga kura-whānau e puta ai ngā ihu o ngā ākonga Māori

Understandings from research


This section discusses a resource that draws on research and knowledge about Māori–medium educational leadership and that will be of interest to principals of English-medium schools, particularly those with Māori immersion units.

Tū Rangatira: Maori Medium Educational Leadership

The Māori-medium education system was born out of the passion of Māori whānau and communities who were deeply concerned about the survival of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

Students benefit from this initiative.

Māori-medium education fosters academic and cultural growth. Māori students achieve more highly at NCEA Level 2 in Māori-medium education than in English-medium education.

The close relationship between kura and their communities has been maintained throughout the thirty-year history of Māori-medium education.

This relationship is reflected in a new resource for leaders within Māori-medium education. Tū Rangatira: Māori Medium Educational Leadership presents “a model of leadership that reflects some of the key leadership roles and practices that contribute to high-quality educational outcomes for Māori learners” (Ministry of Education, 2010, page 7).

Its main emphasis is to “lift the achievement of Māori learners through effective teaching and learning practices that reflect the cultural, social, educational, and economic imperatives that whānau have for their children”. This key goal is reflected throughout Tū Rangatira

The ideas discussed in the document have been drawn from a range of sources within the Māori–medium education sector, including:

  • the shared knowledge of tumuaki and principals
  • information from the sector gathered through observation, hui, and interviews
  • advice from leadership research and policy groups working within the sector
  • findings from international and national studies about the links between leadership practices and improved learner outcomes.

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