Given the geography of Ngāti Kahungunu and how the iwi are divided into the six taiwhenua as well as the taura here regions throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, our diversity as Ngāti Kahungunu, as 87 marae that make up Ngāti Kahungunu and as over 400 hapū that make up Ngāti Kahungunu, it is important that Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated recognise the aspirations, rangatiratanga and vibrancy of all of its stakeholders; taiwhenua are mechanisms for facilitating this process. Te Tōpuni Tauwhāinga is about recognising the autonomy of its six taiwhenua and to support the taiwhenua in the development and implementation of their respective educational plans and or strategies. That is, an education strategy such as Te Tōpuni Tauwhāinga that empowers and supports its iwi stakeholders to nurture growth and development according to their own contexts is seen as a cohesive pathway forward for Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated and its stakeholders as we progress through the 21st century.
Te Tōpuni Tauwhāinga contextualises and facilitates a pathway for aspiring to educational success across a number of layers and contexts for Ngāti Kahungunu, for Māori who reside in Ngāti Kahungunu and indeed, for all learners engaged in education in Ngāti Kahungunu from Early Childhood through to tertiary education. The national education strategy, Ka Hikitia, also aligns with Ngāti Kahungunu’s strategy too and so while it is about the nurturing of Māori educational success as Māori, Te Tōpuni Tauwhāinga not only endorses the broad aims of Ka Hikitia but also champions the application of these in specific contexts of Ngāti Kahungunu and the distinct local cultural traditions and history of each including, iwi, taiwhenua, hapū, marae communities, whānau and, centres and schools.
Click on a link to the right to learn more about the five strands of Te Tōpuni Tauwhāinga:
Education - Mātauranga
The Ngāti Kahungunu Education Strategy
Te Tōpuni Tauwhāinga
Te Tōpuni Tauwhāinga draws on the cultural and educational aspirations and strategies of its people, from information gathered at hui, events and forums throughout the Ngāti Kahungunu rohe since 2003. Te Tōpuni Tauwhāinga is an organic cultural framework, growing out of local Ngāti Kahungunu cultural traditions; it comes from the iwi, it belongs to the iwi and it is for the iwi to use as a tool and as a taonga to assist with iwi educational development and iwi educational advancement.
As a research methodology, Te Tōpuni Tauwhāinga underpinned the development of the Ngāti Kahungunu Te Reo Strategy, He Mahere Rautaki Hai Haumanu i te reo o Ngāti Kahungunu 2006 - 2027. Accordingly, this same framing has been applied in the last six years for the development of an iwi led educational initiative known as Te Pae Huarewa - the Ngāti Kahungunu Cultural Standards. Consequently, the Education Strategy for Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Te Tōpuni Tauwhāinga, is broad and serves a dual focus:
It is a strategy for Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated to realise its 25 Year Vision - Ki te whai ao, ki te ao mārama and To enhance ther mana and wellbeing of Ngāti Kahungunu. and,
It is an education strategy that is cognisant of taiwhenua aspirations and that recognises the rangatairatanga of the six taiwhenua of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.