Talks Advance to Include Ngāti Whātua in Education Curriculum

A number of discussions with the Ministry of Education have been completed to set up opportunities to include Ngāti Whātua in early childhood education, schools and tertiary education programmes.

Education issues spokesperson for the Rūnanga, Tame Te Rangi, says the discussions have scoped a strategy and plan to outline how the Ministry's relationship with Ngāti Whātua should look like for the foreseeable future.

"We've been looking at how we put a Ngāti Whātua perspective into the curriculum for schools throughout the rohe," he says.

There are more than 300 schools through the Ngāti Whātua rohe and it is expected the majority of these schools would be keen to pick up a Ngāti Whātua component to their curriculum.

Tame Te Rangi says this would include Te Reo Māori, and the cultural heritage of Ngāti Whātua.

It is expected an agreement with the Ministry will be firmed up by October.