Ka whānau mai te reo: Kei tua o te kura
Ka whānau mai te reo: Kei tua o te kura – understanding how tertiary organisations are supporting the transitions of reo Māori speakers and learners explores whānau experiences of reo Māori education in tertiary settings, with a specific focus on Te Wānanga o Raukawa. It sits within the kaupapa of reo Māori revitalisation, and contributes to ensuring te reo Māori remains a living spoken language.
Ka whānau mai te reo: Kei tua o te kura extends into the tertiary space the three year research project Ka Whānau Mai te Reo: Honouring whānau, upholding reo Māori. Ka Whānau Mai te Reo investigates how best to support the continuity of whānau reo Māori development during key educational transitions in Māori and English-medium learning contexts. Given this context the overarching research question of Ka whānau mai te reo: Kei tua o te kura asks:
- How well prepared is the tertiary sector to support whānau Māori language aspirations?
Interviews with Radio Waatea
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Working partnership with Te Wānanga o Raukawa
Te Wāhanga, NZCER are working in partnership with Te Wānanga o Raukawa to build a case study that shows how Te Wānanga o Raukawa supports whānau reo development. We intend to share our findings across the tertiary sector to strengthen reo Māori learning environments in tertiary settings.
The subresearch questions are:
- How is Te Wānanga o Raukawa, through its te reo Māori initatives contributing to the survival of Māori as a people?
- How is Te Wānanga o Raukawa contributing to the achievement of whānau, hapū and iwi aspirations for te reo Māori?
Ka whānau mai te reo: Kei tua o te kura is a kaupapa Māori research project that continues the work of Te Wāhanga, NZCER with whānau based on the idea of locating their aspirations, priorities, and worldviews at the centre of our rangahau (research). This study builds on the kaupapa Māori work Te Wāhanga undertook in 2011/12 with diverse whānau that resulted in the publication of Kia Puāwaitia Ngā Tūmanako: Critical Issues for Whānau in Māori Education. Whānau who participated in that study identified Ngā Moemoeā (whānau aspirations), Rangatiratanga (whānau authority and autonomy), and Te Reo Rangatira (learning and maintenance of reo Māori) as foundational to our kaupapa Māori analysis. These three key kaupapa are used to investigate the relationship between transitions and Māori language development, as experienced by diverse whānau.
Whanaungatanga is the central methodology of Ka whānau mai te reo: Kei tua o te kura and focuses the research on whānau engagement in education, and is whānau driven. Methodologically whanaungatanga acts as a deliberate counter-narrative to the way that colonisation has negatively impacted on the concept, diverse practices and the role of whānau.
For this extended study into the tertiary space we will examine kaupapa sources, undertake a survey of tertiary providers, and complete a case study with Te Wānanga o Raukawa speaking with reo Māori learners, their whānau and Te Wānanga o Raukawa staff.
The review of kaupapa sources and proposed survey of selected tertiary institutions will identify existing transition processes for reo Māori learners and identify how and if Māori language support features in these processes. The in-depth case study with Te Wānanga o Raukawa will focus on learners who are in their first year of tertiary study, with a view to more clearly understanding the issues they face in continuing to develop their reo Māori as they transition into tertiary spaces. We will bring together the data from the case study, survey and review of kaupapa sources to tell a wider story about how the tertiary sector is prepared to support Māori language aspirations.
 Hutchings, J. Barnes, A. Taupo, K. Bright, N. Pihama, L. and Lee, J. (2012). Kia Puāwaitia ngā Tūmanako Critical Issues for Whānau in Māori Education. NZCE Press: Wellington.
 Bishop, 1995, p.221, cited in Hutchings, et al (2012).
We have completed the review of kaupapa sources; undertaken a survey of tertiary providers, and completed a case study with Te Wānanga o Raukawa speaking with reo Māori learners, their whānau and Te Wānanga o Raukawa staff. We are currently drafting the project report.
- Te Wānanga o Raukawa: Sonya Daly, Ani Mikaere, Milton Rauhihi, Heitia Raureti, Āneta Rāwiri, Huia Winiata
- Te Wāhanga and NZCER: Sally Boyd, Nicola Bright, Debbie Broughton, Alex Hotere-Barnes, Melanie Berg, Dr Jessica Hutchings
Ako Aotearoa $225,00.00 (excl. GST)
Joint organisational contribution $482,473.00 (excl. GST)
Project commenced: November 2013
Project completion: November 2017
Broughton, D. and Bright, N. (2014). Ka whānau mai te reo: I roto i te wānanga. Presentation at the Ako Aotearoa / Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Tertiary Research in Progress Colloquium IV, Wellington. (2Mb PPTx)
Broughton, D. Hutchings, J., & Bright, N. (2015). Ka whānau mai te reo: I roto i te wānanga. Presentation at He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference, Hamilton.
Broughton, D. Hutchings, J., & Bright, N. (2015). Ka whānau mai te reo: I roto i te wānanga. Presentation at the Ako Aotearoa / Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Tertiary Research in Progress Colloquium IV, Wellington.
Ka Whānau mai te reo: Kei tua o te kura is co-funded by Ako Aotearoa and by NZCER through its Purchase Agreement with the Ministry of Education.
The report from this project is published under the Creative Commons 3.0 New Zealand Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike Licence (BY-NC-SA/3.0-NZ). Under this licence you are free to copy, distribute, display and perform the work as well as to remix, tweak, and build upon this work non-commercially, as long as you credit the author/s and license your new creations under the identical terms.