Rākaunui Reflections: Zayne CollierVoices
Guided by the Maramataka, each Rākaunui full moon we take the time to kōrero amongst our community of Kairapu: change-seekers in education and society. This month we hear from Zayne Collier - a treasured member of Te Kāpehu Rauora, Cohort 2023.
Every Day is Waitangi DayVoices
Today Rākaunui coincides with Waitangi Day - a great day for big collective energy to put toward collective results. At Ako Mātātupu one of our core values is Mana Tangata, acknowledging our duty to re-Indigenise education for our learners. In partnership with our communities, we aim to develop teaching and leadership programmes that contribute towards a much bigger goal of widespread systemic change - for the benefit of all the people of Aotearoa.
Trust as foundation for the learning relationship, with Kairapu Mitchell ClarkVoices
Proudly raised in Manurewa, Mitchell Clark (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tautahi) has gone from strength to strength since embarking on the Teach First NZ Programme as part of Cohort 2018 with Ako Mātātupu. Enjoy this wide-ranging conversation on teaching physics and music, finding ground to stand in Māori and rainbow identities, and some advice (and anti-advice!) for those considering stepping into teacher training.
Te Tiriti-Based Futures, with Kairapu Hannah BettsVoices
Stop rushing, develop trust; accept nuance: just some of the ways we can work toward a Te Tiriti-based future. On International Womens Day - and all days - we are lucky to learn alongside people who are making big and small steps towards a reindigenised Aotearoa. Read on to think through the slower pace required for relational journeys toward a just society, and consider Hannah Betts' invitation to sign up for Te Tiriti-based Futures webinar sessions!
Growing a Meaningful Career, with Alysha BentleyVoices
Introducing Kāuru Akatoro Recruitment Lead, Alysha Bentley!
Alysha is on our hīkoi toward an Aotearoa where every young person realises their potential. Her role as Kāuru Akatoro is all about connecting with people who are interested in becoming change-makers in the education system. Hear Alysha share some of her path, as well as her advice to anyone seeking a meaningful career.
“Why I Teach”: A kōrero with two wonderful wāhine of Onehunga High SchoolVoices
Sarah Dillaman (C14 and past teacher at Onehunga High School) popped in to visit Phinia Evans and Janel Tolentino (both members of Ururoa, C20) in their classrooms at Onehunga High School, to see where the magic happens, and ask them why they joined the Teach First NZ programme, and what they love about teaching.
Airana Ngarewa on Teaching and WritingVoices
Airana Ngarewa (Ngāti Ruanui) is trained and accomplished in multiple sporting codes, from wrestling to jiu jitsu to marathon. With six national championships in four different sports under his belt, Airana lives and breathes physical and mental discipline. He is also is published writer. Having previously taught in a martial arts setting and served as administrator in a local school, Airana is part of our Ururoa 2020 cohort of change-making teachers. Learn more from our conversation:
Navigating online teaching in the Time of CoronavirusVoices
Ako Mātātupu's Sarah Dillaman (Kairapu of Cohort 2014) had a chat with John Haggie (Kairapu of Cohort 2017) just as he and other teachers around Aotearoa were coming out of several weeks of teaching under lockdown, and finding their energies challenged in different ways on return to the classroom.
Social justice in the time of COVID-19Voices
At Ako Mātātupu, like the rest of the country, we have been figuring out how best to navigate the current crisis caused by the global COVID-19 Pandemic. CEO Jay Allnutt discusses the implications for the organisation, and the communities we look to serve.
Introducing our new Board Chair, Dr. Jim Mather!Voices
Jim reflects on his own education in South Auckland, his motivations for joining the Ako Mātātupu waka and takes a moment to acknowledge and thank both past and present members of the Ako Mātātupu Board. Welcome to the whānau, Matua Jim!
Kairapu storyteller and te reo kaiako Tracie Pile joined the Ako Mātātupu movement as a part of the 2015 Cohort, teaching Te Reo Māori at James Cook High School for four years. She is now teaching English at her son's Kura in Otaki.
Takaia ki te reo: Wrapped in the languageVoices
Thirteen year old Takaimaania Ngata-Henare is a national table tennis champion, who has travelled around the world playing competitively. To fundraise for this, Takaimaania is giving the gift of te reo Māori by founding Mau Designz. Repping the marae is just like repping the country. 🏓
“If you’re too big to serve, you’re too small to lead!”Voices
“If you’re too big to serve, you’re too small to lead!” Introducing the newest member of the recruitment whānau, Agnes Pele.
Nyra Marshall on re-Indigenising educationVoices
Barrister and solicitor turned teacher turned Teach First NZ Programme Kaihāpai Teacher Educator, Nyra Marshall (Kairapu alumni of Cohort 2015) shares some of her thinking as she enters a new role:
Kieran Gainsford on Education ResearchVoices
Tāmaki-ki-te-Tonga (South Auckland) PPTA Coordinator, compelling chemistry teacher and education scholar, Kieran Gainsford started out his Ako Mātātupu journey in Cohort 2017. In this interview Kieran shares with us what's on his mind and where he's putting his efforts when it comes to educational inequality:
Breaking in the right wayVoices
Felicity Powell is in her first year of the Teach First NZ Programme. Her day job is a Computer Science teacher, and she’s also a Google Innovator, IP Law specialist, certified yoga teacher, wine educator, Shaolin Kung Fu kid, founder of a publishing company, an ex-Glacier Guide and penguin enthusiast. This wahine toa shares her journey with Ako Mātātupu; how falling apart allows the right pieces to fall together with purpose, and what educational neuroscience has to do with it.
Young Brown ScholarsVoices
Dr Michelle Johansson presents ten pieces of advice for young brown scholars, as well as ten pieces of advice for the teachers of young brown scholars. With a focus on performing arts, Michelle highlights the tendency for the success of Pasifika peoples in this area to be devalued, where practices stemming from deep and intrinsic cultural literacies may be mislabeled as "natural" abilities.
Alumni Destinations: “How I became a Policy Analyst.”Voices
Ruby Hale, alumna from our inaugural 2013 Cohort, is currently working as a Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Education. Here, she shares a few words about her journey, her motivations, and some advice to live by.
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