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Te Kāhui Kaiako Reo Māori Story
ME RANGATIRA TE AKO MŌ TE ORANGA TONUTANGA O TE REO
Promoting the value and recognition of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga by strengthening teacher practice.
Te Kāhui Kaiako Reo Māori (TKKRM) has been around since Ako Panuku began back in 2009. It has an interesting story.
One of our first priorities, as Ako Panuku, was to support kaiako reo Māori in English-medium and Māori-medium kura. Recognising that kaiako reo Māori have networked together in their regions for many years we set about finding out how we might add value. We piloted different approaches to establishing and supporting regional clusters. Not all of these pilots were based on reo Māori kaiako clusters, but most were. Each had varying success, some disbanded, some are now self sufficient and today some remain as Ako Panuku supported clusters. We learnt that clusters need a leader or leaders and the strength and survival of a cluster is often dependent on this critical role.
We also learnt that most kaiako reo Māori clusters share similar needs and issues – things like NCEA moderation, teaching strategies, strengthening reo ā-waha, and overcoming the challenges of teaching multi-level classes and in limited amounts of time per week. This understanding has led to a number of workshops and resources over the years, specifically to support kaiako reo Māori.
By 2013, seven reo Māori regional clusters had been established and were being supported by Ako Panuku. That number doubled the following year. There was strength in numbers, but clusters had no way of ‘talking to each other’. And, so, TKKRM was born – a national community of reo Māori kaiako in English-medium and Māori-medium settings, with the aim of bringing clusters together. Several hui were held with members of the community and reo Māori cluster coordinators to establish the community and agree on its focus. Ngā mihi nui ki a Paora Trim, koutou ko ngā kaiako nā koutou te kaupapa nei i ārahi, i tautoko, i hāpai. From those hui, the motto for the community evolved, “Me rangatira te ako mō te oranga tonutanga o te reo.”
We held a mini-conference in 2013 to bring members of TKKRM together for the first time to wānanga and share ideas on teaching and learning te reo Māori – this has turned into our annual Ako Panuku conference (Hui ā-Tau).Since then, Hui ā-Tau has grown from strength to strength and is open to all Ako Panuku members. That it began with TKKRM is not forgotten, and a strand of workshops for kaiako reo Māori and members of TKKRM has continued to be a key focus at each hui ā-tau since then.