Māori Learners Enjoying Success as Māori in Māori/English Language Programs

Cath Rau, Hemi Rau, Paul Royal, Eleanor Eketone, Moana Salu, Robyn Hata-Gage, and Pihere Levi; New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Practitioners working in two long-established heritage language programs in New Zealand will discuss the programs in their respective schools and share examples of Māori students enjoying success as Māori.

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Teresa McCartyTeresa McCartyTeresa McCarty, 2011–2012 SAR National Endowment for the Humanities resident scholar, introduces the Māori delegation, “key architects of the Māori language revitalization movement.”Cath RauCath RauCath Rau, chairperson, Kia Ata Mai Educational Trust – a Māori-medium teacher professional development organization – explains the history of Māori language decline and revitalization. Much of the movement’s success is a result of a united effort by Māori iwi (tribes) in support of pre-K-12 Māori-medium schooling. The movement is widely regarded as an international “success story” in revitalizing a highly endangered Indigenous language.Hemi RauHemi RauHemi Rau, chairperson, Board of Trustees for the Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Bernard Fergusson (Māori immersion school), describes the philosophy of “Māori learners enjoying success as Māori in Māori.”
Teresa McCartyCath RauHemi Rau
Robyn Hata-GageRobyn Hata-GageRobyn Hata-Gage, long-time Māori-medium teacher and education leader, discusses key elements of kaupapa Māori (Māori philosophy) pedagogy used in Māori-medium schools.Moana SaluMoana SaluMoana Salu, Te Reo Pākehā (English language) teacher at Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga School, one of the oldest Māori-medium schools, discusses her approach to developing children’s bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism.Pihere LeviPihere LeviPihere Levi, Te Reo Pākehā (English language) teacher at Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga School, shares her teaching strategies and the academic success of Māori students learning through two languages.
Robyn Hata-GageMoana SaluPihere Levi
Paul W. RoyalPaul W. RoyalPaul W. Royal, principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Bernard Fergusson School, explains the school’s experiential approach to learning in and through Māori language and culture.Eleanor EketoneEleanor EketoneEleanor Eketone, Te Reo Pākehā (English language) teacher at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Bernard Fergusson School, describes the challenges and benefits of Māori-medium schooling for students and their families and communities.Interviewing the Māori Education LeadersInterviewing the Māori Education LeadersAt the Schwartz Seminar House SAR resident scholar Teresa McCarty (foreground) interviews Māori education leaders Robyn Hata-Gage (L) and Cath Rau about their experiences with Māori language revitalization.
Paul W. RoyalEleanor EketoneInterviewing the Māori Education Leaders
Interviewing the Māori Education LeadersInterviewing the Māori Education LeadersMāori education leaders (R-L) Paul Royal, Cath Rau, and Robyn Hata-Gage share personal and professional experiences as learners and teachers of Māori in an interview with Teresa McCarty (far left). “We never questioned the importance of Māori revitalization,” they stressed. “It’s all been a process – having people accept that Māori-medium education is viable – and we’ve never looked back.”Colloquium ParticipantsColloquium ParticipantsColloquium participants hear first-hand from Māori educators the individual and societal benefits of Māori-medium schooling. 
Interviewing the Māori Education LeadersColloquium Participants 
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