Building capability in cultural competencies a key part of He Taunga Waka workshops
He Taunga Waka (HTW) workshops Ako, Aro and Whanaungatanga and Pasifika Wave, a programme funded by Tertiary Education Commission, aims to support educators working with adult Maori and Pacific foundation learners with numeracy and literacy.
Recently, senior management staff at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) spent a day with our top Maori facilitators in a HTW workshop and found the professional discussions around cultural competencies “extremely rewarding”.
Having the luxury of time and space to debate difficult cultural issues in a safe environment was appreciated. Using the Powhiri process as a metaphor, the group discussed the policies and processes (tikanga) around the whole MIT learning journey for the student and the staff.
Identifying where MIT might do better was no easy admission, but the new awareness and knowledge gained from this workshop has provided the impetus for some possible changes within MIT. The workshop participants acknowledge the support of senior management in engaging in these discussions and encourage more MIT staff to take advantage of these PD opportunities.
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If your organisation is interested in an in-house workshop contact Kaiwhakahaere Māori (Project Manager Māori) Dr Mei Winitana if you would like more information about these workshops