Ko te maanaaki te kaupapa matua. Stay home, save lives.
Te Rāngai Māori - Māori Medium Peak Bodies
20th Paengawhāwhā (April) 2020
A Statement on behalf of the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa, Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa, Te Tauihu o Ngā Wānanga.
“Kotahi tonu te hā o te mokopuna me te Kaumātua” (Our grandchildren and their elders share the same breathe– Tino Rangatiratanga Māori Education Authority 1990) Tuia te rangi e tū iho nei Tuia te papa e takoto nei Tuia te ira tangata kia puta ki te whai ao ki te ao mārama, tihei mauriora!!
This morning at the meeting of Te Rāngai Reo Māori - Māori Medium Peak Bodies, namely Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori, Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa and Te Tauihu o Ngā Wānanga, we discussed the recent government announcement regarding COVID 19 Alert Level 3 and the impact on our organisations, tamariki (children), tauira (students), kaimahi (staff), whānau and communities. Te Rāngai Reo Māori continues to support Aotearoa's key strategy to defeat COVID 19 which is "Stay Home, Save Lives". Te Rāngai Reo Māori agrees that the wellbeing of our people is the priority followed by the learning of our students. Therefore our expectation is that only the people who "need" to go to work or have a major personal wellbeing concern should send their children to kura. Te Rāngai Reo Māori acknowledges that our organisations including kōhanga, kura, wharekura and wānanga all have their own unique contexts which includes their students, staff, whānau and wider community. Therefore Te Rāngai Reo Māori recognises that each of our kura, their whānau and community have their own “rangatiratanga” and mana motuhake. We support our kōhanga, kura, wharekura and wānanga to determine how they will operate in a COVID 19 Alert Level 3 environment that prioritises the wellbeing of their students, staff, whānau and community. Furthermore, we trust that our kura and communities will ensure that students can continue with learning that is meaningful, relevant and manageable.
Kua tīmata te kaupapa, me whakatutuki i te kaupapa We started the task, let’s finish it
Anglus Hartley - Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Cathy Dewes - Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa Arihia Stirling - Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa Te Ururoa Flavell - Te Tauihu o Ngā Wānanga
Iona Holsted Supported by the Secretary for Education, Ministry of Education
Koia nei a Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa e mihi atu nei ki ngā reo, ngā mana, ngā karangatanga maha o te motu.
Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa (NKAI) acknowledges the "Rangatiratanga" of our kura, boards, iwi and communities throughout Aotearoa. We have confidence that all of our kura will make wise decisions to meet the needs of their communities and the guidelines shared by key authorities including the Ministry of Health.
In response to the wellbeing of our Uri (students) in our kura, we trust that each kura and their staff will keep the wellbeing of their tamariki in the forefront of all decisions they make.
NKAI ask that Boards carefully consider their staff, who are also parents, grandparents and whānau members. Kura are entering an unknown territory that no one has ever experienced before. The only lesson we can take from the last influenza epidemic was that it decimated our people and of course the most vulnerable.
Please consider the responsibilities that each school is putting upon staff in your forward planning. Staff will still have to take care of their children and their whānau in this trying time.
Give Staff the space to respond to their own whānau members - as a parent, caregiver and someone who extended whānau may also need support. The natural behaviour of Māori teachers is to be the best teacher they can be and sometimes at great expense to their own whānau. NKAI ask that Boards consider the need for our teachers and staff to be there for their whānau first.
In regards to non-teaching payments NKAI would advocate that boards support payments of these staff members also in the event schools are shut by Government agencies to give confidence to your communities.
Furthermore, may NKAI ask that schools consider the stress levels of older siblings of whānau who will need to take on the caregivers role to support their parents to continue to work until they cannot. When we consider this responsibility for our taiohi, we will need to reflect on the work we expect them to complete outside of the school system without school support.
Please know that Ngā Ringa Raupā (Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa Executive) and Ngā Ringa Wera (Ngā Kura ā Iwi Management Team) are here to support you and your kura.
We remind all of our kura to utilise the guidance given by the Ministry of Health on their website to support you and your community.
Kia tau ngā manaakitanga o te runga rawa ki runga i a tātou.