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Te Uri o Hau Recreation and Cultural Leadership Programme - Mau Rakau

Mau Rakau group led by Toni Brooking Mau Rakau group led by Toni Brooking

To raise the educational achievement rates of Maori students in the Kaipara rohe through a combination of practical learning pathways, sport, culture and leadership programmes.

This programme was implemented with the support of Te Puni Kokiri as part of the Engaging Taitamariki in Learning (ETL) strategy that was put in place to address the educational underachievement of Maori in Tai Tokerau.

Tangata Development grasped this opportunity by implementing this Recreation and Cultural Leadership Programme that endeavoured to engage Maori students and communities in Matauranga Maori through the medium of Mau Rakau and Nga Mahi a Rehia tha would nurture the Taitamariki to become future leaders.

Anthony Brooking (Ngati Porou) is appointed as the Taurahere (Programme Coordinator) and comes to Te Uri o Hau with many years of experience and qualifications to deliver these cultural programmes.  A peer group known as the 'Tohutohu Tikanga' were formed to provide advice and support to the Taurahere role and to be available to monitor and evaluate the activities of the programme.

The programme commenced in August 2009 with 'Have a Go' Mau Rakau sessions introduced into the schools and marae wananga were held in the third and fourth terms of 2009 to build the foundations of learning for the cultural programme.  With the scoping of the programme completed and the introduction of Mau Rakau in the school's curriculum under Maori Performing Arts - the full implementation was in flight for February 2010 with the support of the principals from Dargaville High School, Ruawai and Rodney colleges.

The programme is now in its evaluation stage with approximately 85 taitamariki recorded as participating.  19 have completed NCEA Level 1 & 2 requirements and 8 are completing their NCEA Level 3, with the remaining students preparing for assessments.  Five of these taitamariki have also achieved their National Pou Grading from levels 1-3.

A business case is being prepared to extend the programme for a further year and to look at the possibility of implementing this into the primary and intermediate schools.