8 – 9 April 2019

Tuesday 9 April | 3:15pm



Janina Konia

Janina Konia (Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Puhi) is a Mana Whenua Education Facilitator with Mātauraka Mahaanui. Mātauraka Mahaanui guides education renewal and represents collective 'mana whenua' – Papatipu Rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu interests. She supports learning communities to grow their focus on building authentic engagement and sustainable relations with iwi, hapū and whānau, accelerating Māori language provision and enhancing Māori learner wellbeing and achievement across Waitaha. Janina is involved with the Grow Waitaha programme involving 150 schools across Waitaha. Formerly a teacher at secondary level, Janina has also worked as a Māori art educator for City Gallery Wellington, which then saw her move to teaching positions in Seoul, South Korea. As a parent and an educational practitioner, positive experiences for Māori students and Māori success are a high priority. With whakapapa to Rāpaki, one of the three manawhenua rūnanga, Janina has a special insight into the particular educational needs of Māori and inherently carries Ngāi Tahutanga with her in day to day life.



Tuesday 9 April | 3:15pm


'Mā te iwi, me te iwi, mō te oranga o te katoa' - Engaging iwi, hapū, whānau

What is it that our communities want for their tamariki, for our tamariki? We are a community – a hapori made up of iwi, hapū and whānau. We must aim for quality relationships with our children, our parents, our colleagues and other agencies.

Community consultation enables schools to understand how their community view learner success. Learner success suggests positive practices and experiences that support the Wellbeing of the whole person.

Communities want their schools to be places where all students, their whānau, hapū and iwi are safe and flourishing, successfully learning as themselves. This means focusing on both the individual and the collective needs of the learner, placing those necessities at the centre and adapting systems and pedagogies to suit.

So how do we engage with our communities in order to build high quality relationships and grow productive partnerships for the success and wellbeing of all? This presentation will discuss these fundamental elements and will also provide achievable strategies for schools to support positive education initiatives with an emphasis on sustainable community engagement. 


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