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Kia Puāwaitia Ngā Tūmanako: Critical Issues for Whānau in Māori Education

This kaupapa Māori research project responded to criticisms that research in the field of Māori education is often not determined by whānau or for whānau.  This is particularly the case for whānau and Māori communities at the ‘chalk face’ working in Māori education.  This study was guided by the overarching goal of bringing together the collective wisdom, aspirations, and experiences of whānau.  It was based around a collaboration with other Māori education researchers, and communities committed to Māori educational aspirations. For this project we explored the following questions: 

  • What are the critical issues for whānau in education?

  • What do whānau want for their tamariki and mokopuna?

  • What facilitates these visions for education?

  • What counter these visions?

  • What do we need to know more about to facilitate the outcomes that whānau want from education?

The findings from this study built a collaborative Māori-led and whānau-informed 5 year research agenda for Te Wāhanga, NZCER from 2012 to 2017.

Project team: Jessica Hutchings, Alex Barnes, Katrina Taupo, and Nicola Bright, with Leonie Pihama and Jenny Lee.

Kia Puāwaitia Ngā Tūmanako: Critical Issues for Whānau in Māori Education project publications: