A school principal talks about how he works with his teachers and Māori community to develop a bicultural school context within which both Treaty partners are acknowledged and valued. A teacher and members of the Māori community describe how this principal’s leadership has facilitated a reciprocal relationship between the school and their local Māori community.
This video illustrates
Domain 2: Leadership for equity and excellence
- Leadership builds relational trust and effective collaboration at every level of the school community
- Leadership evidences a personal commitment to te reo and tikanga Māori
- “…It shows us he’s really trying and it shows all the non Māori kids it’s ok to do that”
- There are deliberate and visible efforts to recognise both treaty partners
- The importance of listening
- Relationships if they are to become genuine and sustainable partnerships need a commitment to bring benefits to both parties
Things to think about
- How would others perceive our commitment to recognise both treaty partners equally?
- Are we listening effectively?
This video was commissioned by Waikato University. For more on this and similar themes visit the website poutamapounamu.org.nz.