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Poutokomanawa Projects

Bilingual creative arts projects and resources

by Poutokomanawa

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Wheke by Emily Cater

Between 2020 and 2022 Poutokomanawa created two resources as part of a Ministry of Education funded MENZA networks of expertise project: Chase Across the Waves/Aruaru ki Tawhiti and Te Koha a Tāne. They have been distributed  in hardcopy and online throughout New Zealand primary school classrooms and initial teacher education programmes, for both English and Māori medium.  The resources each have 10 episodes of music and movement/dance activities inspired by the stories of Kupe and Te Wheke a Muturangi and Rata and Te Waka.  Illustrated storytelling is woven throughout the resource and is presented bilingually in both English and te reo Māori.  To download a freely available copy of these resources and to view the online digital support material click the link below which will take you to the Puawaiata Ngā Rauemi page on MENZA's website. 


This project was another Poutokomanawa led Ministry of Education funded MENZA networks of expertise project during 2020. Puawaiata is a new MENZA website space to support tangata whenua engagement and leadership within the organisation, as well as supporting the organisation's evolving bicultural strategic direction: He Ara Whakamua.   The pages in this new space include: Ngā Kaitautoko/Rōpū Māori (networking support for Māori kaiako), Ngā Rauemi (bilingual music and movement resources for schools), Ngā Pitopito Kōrero o Puawaiata (opportunities for  Māori kaiako to share their voices in music eduction), and Tahia Te Ara (workshops and education opportunities for non-Māori, including support for cultural competency and decolonising teaching practice).  To explore Puawaiata click the link below. 

Hā Ora

A Poutokomanawa project for

Te Rito Toi

Hā ora means a breath of life. This resource was created to support child wellbeing as they come back into their school communities after a time of challenge. Hā Ora describes having an essence full of vitality and creative energy that is central to this mahi.

In this resource, Hā Ora, you will find three units of work, which are all connected thematically under the concept of Hā Ora. We encourage you to look through all the offerings presented in the wider ‘Hā Ora’ resource, and use the material in a way that suits your learning context. This resource is also available in te reo Māori for Māori medium education.

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