Improving teaching and learning for ākonga Māori
Ka hihiri ahau, ka whai.
Ka wānanga ahau, ka ako.
Ka haratau ahau, ka mau.
Ka huritao ahau, ka tipu.
Ko ngā tapa o te niho taniwha,
ko ngā tapa o taku whare mātauranga.
Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga is excited to be partnering with Dr Melanie Riwai-Couch to provide professional learning on Niho Taniwha. You may have come across Melanie's recently published book and are now keen to engage in some PLD to take your practice further.
About Niho Taniwha
For years, Melanie Riwai-Couch has been a thought leader in what it takes to improve teaching and learning for ākonga Māori across the country. Her commitment to this mahi has seen her take on many roles from teacher, tumuaki, senior lecturer, iwi facilitator, senior advisor for the Ministry of Education, education consultant and the first Kaihautū Maori at Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga.
Niho Taniwha draws on Melanie's experiences, her doctoral research, and the voices and experiences of others to show what is possible and how to improve teaching and learning for ākonga Māori.
The Niho Taniwha model is an evidence-based and practice-informed Māori pedagogical model. Dr Riwai-Couch says, ‘this book is aimed at teachers who want to embark on a journey of learning, who want to improve, rebuild and reframe the ways ākonga Māori are taught, so they can reach the heights of educational success hoped for by their ancestors.’
When Melanie looked to see which organisation could support the spread of the key messages from her mahi, she automatically turned to us. Like Melanie, we are committed to working with teachers, leaders, and communities to raise ākonga achievement. Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga will provide PLD for schools, kura, kāhui ako and organisations on Niho Taniwha from term two 2022.
What the PLD involves
The PLD programme supports you through the niho underpinning Niho Taniwha. With your facilitator you will:
understand what it means to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the education sector
explore how schools can build successful partnerships with iwi and what role iwi have to play in education
work together within your own school to plan for action
celebrate what you've learnt and achieved with others engaging in Niho Taniwha PLD.
The PLD is a combination of on-site work with your team, webinars and online courses, and support to enact the promise of Niho Taniwha in action at your place.
Register your interest
We expect demand for Niho Taniwha PLD to be high. Register your interest in this PLD by completing this short online form. We will connect with you to talk about how you might get started on this essential learning as part of your Ministry of Education funded PLD or through your own PLD funding.