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Recognising rangatahi as active agents in advocating for their rights to whānau ora and collective wellbeing in education

Cat Page and Sarika Rona

Educators have a central role in the advocacy and implementation of children’s rights. In reframing Western notions of wellbeing, rights, and student voice from a Māori view, educators are more likely to provide more meaningful support for rangatahi, whānau, and community. This research is underpinned by He Oranga Mokopuna, which repositions mokopuna Māori rights as tangata whenua. Ten Year 10 rangatahi engaged in wānanga during hui for this project. The article outlines implications of their kōrero for educators, and is an extension of a previously published piece by the same authors.

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