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Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum

Rangatahi from De La Salle College, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Rakipaewhenua, Te Wharekura o Manurewa and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori ā-Rohe o Māngere report back from the Youth Wānanga in term one.  

The first Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum hui for 2018 highlighted the kaupapa of taiohi with a report back from April’s Youth Wānanga by students from kura kaupapa and mainstream schools, and a presentation from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.  

Key insights from the Children’s Commissioner’s report Experiences of tamariki and rangatahi Māori had been used at the Youth Wānanga to challenge rangatahi to ‘Whakamātauria ōu Whakaaro’.

COMET Auckland's Mātauranga Māori manager, Huia Hawke, says it was a privilege for the Forum to hear from the rangatahi, who also led a workshop based on their Youth Wānanga activities. 

“Letting the Forum know about racism in schools and examples of what happens in schools that for them is now normal, really hit home with the audience," she says. "The Forum asked deeper questions and the Taiohi responded with great pride and strength. Ka pai to them!"  

Huia Hawke says there were “high levels of comfort for all of our taiohi” at the hui.

“It seemed the Forum was a safe environment for taiohi to share their thoughts without holding back. The environment was one where the Kura Kaupapa taiohi could speak te reo as if they were at school or at home."

That led into the presentation by Senior Advisor/Kaitohutohu, Julia Amua Whaipooti (Ngāti Porou), and Youth and Community Engagement Specialist, Peter Foaese from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

They talked about lessons from preparing Report 6: Experiences of tamariki and rangatahi Māori as part of the Education Matters to Me series and about their new project, Mai World: Youth Voices. 

 Arapine Walker, Poutiaki Rauemi from the National Library also spoke about resources and professional development to make planning kaupapa for the classroom easier, effortless and effective. 

 “Overall, the hui was a two-way teaching and learning korero,” Huia Hawke says. “We look forward to the next Forum.” 

The TMEF has set up a Steering Roopu Youth with some of rangatahi from the Youth Wānanga. The plan is to meet to “kōrero, debate, agree and argue around the information” from the Youth Wānanga and the TMEF hui, to identify three or four emerging kaupapa. 

Huia Hawke says the next step will be to share their findings with young people who were unable to attend the Youth Wānanga - those in youth justice, alternative education, teen parent units and other similar facilities.   

“We hope they will help us to shape further the work of the Steering Roopu and, hopefully, we will have representation from these youth groups too.”

The aim is to gather further insights into these emerging kaupapa and eventually to identify one to carry forward.  

Huia Hawke says schools that were unable to attend the Youth Wānanga in term one but are interested in the youth kaupapa are welcome to nominate taiohi for the Steering Roopu.