UC Education Plus and Te Tapuae o Rēhua present:

Cultural Capital: Unleashing Māori Potential in our Schools and Centres

Tiki artwork in a school

Course description

UC Education Plus presents this one day workshop in partnership with Te Tapuae o Rēhua. It is an introductory course and will cover such aspects as the historical setting, particularly from a Ngāi Tahu perspective, and how history impacts our schools today. There will be an opportunity to explore your own cultural identity, values, beliefs and biases and how these impact on your work. We will begin the process of examining where your school or early childhood centre is presently at in terms of Māori success and charting a way forward. Our approach will be conversational with participants and facilitators sharing stories and experiences.

Who should attend?

Any early childhood, primary or secondary teacher or leader.

Learning outcomes

Participants will:

  • gain an understanding of the historical setting that impacts on our schools today
  • have a better understanding of their own cultural identity, values, beliefs and biases and how these impact on teaching
  • understand how to assess how well their school or early childhood centre is unleashing the potential of Māori tamariki/students.

Locations and dates

Thursday 25 May course full Christchurch Te Tapuae o Rēhua, 10 Show Place 9.00am to 3.00pm
Thursday 29 June Christchurch Te Tapuae o Rēhua, 10 Show Place 9.00am to 3.00pm

Morning tea and lunch are provided.


Piripi Prendergast

Piripi has a 30 year background teaching in Māori medium settings including at Aranui High School and Te Kura Whakapūmau. He is a writer of bilingual social studies textbooks and was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship for this work. He was a facilitator for UC Education Plus and is now employed by Te Tapuae o Rēhua managing partnerships that provide professional development for teachers and leaders.

Melany Tainui

Melany is strongly connected to her Ōnuku Rūnanga on Banks Peninsula and is well known for the history presentations she gives on the marae. She has a background of working in the health sector but has also worked for the NZ Historical Places Trust and has been a youth representative on UNESCO. She has been active in reviving such Māori tāonga as ‘Puaka’ - the celebration of traditional beliefs. Melany is passionate about community and working at flax roots with whānau to ensure a sustainable future. She is currently employed by Te Tapuae o Rēhua as a facilitator.

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$250 excluding GST

Feedback from past participants

  • "Reflecting on myself and my identity was eye opening for me and really made me think about what I believe and why."
  • "The facilitators are knowledgeable and passionate."
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed hearing other people's experiences. It challenged me to look at the bias I may have as a kaiako and the danger this may have to the students I teach."
  • "This is some of the best professional development that I have undertaken in a long time."


Enrolment has closed. Please contact edplus@canterbury.ac.nz for more information.