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Working effectively with Māori

We focus on practice that enhances the mana and long term outcomes of Māori.

Our focus

We recognise that we have obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi to provide practice and support services that effectively build on the strengths of indigenous tamariki, whānau, hapū, iwi and communities.

We acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua and as people with extended whakapapa and unique histories and experiences. We also understand the importance of whanaungatanga and purposeful connections for Māori. We include a focus on whakapapa and whanaungatanga as part of our practice.

We value and treat tamariki Māori as taonga, enhancing their health and wellbeing (oranga) and upholding their safety as paramount.

We support tamariki Māori within the context of their Māori culture, tikanga and language.

We use indigenous and bi-cultural models of practice to enhance the quality of delivery and effectiveness of interactions.

Quality practice

Quality practice includes:

  • drawing on the strengths, successes and positive traits of tamariki Māori and whānau
  • understanding the historical context for Māori and the impacts of colonisation and inter-generational trauma throughout generations
  • applying tikanga Māori (Māori cultural approaches) when and where appropriate and necessary to support tamariki Māori, their whānau and communities
  • supporting tamariki Māori to grow in their knowledge and confidence of Māori culture and their heritage
  • taking responsibility to communicate and understand at least a basic level of te reo Māori.

Reflecting on practice

  • How am I using te reo Māori (Māori language) as part of my practice when working with Māori?
  • How am I using tikanga Māori (Māori cultural approaches) as part of my practice when working with Māori?
  • How am I deciding when and where it is appropriate to use tikanga Māori?
  • How am I reflecting on the mana and wellbeing of tamariki Māori and whānau Māori and how am I building and enhancing their mana?
  • How am I connecting tamariki Māori with their whakapapa?
  • How am I using Te Toka Tumoana as a bicultural model and tool for practice with Māori tamariki, whānau and communities.