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He Kakano Communique 33 - Thursday 21st November 2013

21 November 2013

E kore au e ngaro – he kākano au i  ruia mai i Rangiātea 

I will never be lost – for I am a seed that was sewn in Rangiātea 

Tēnā koutou e te whānau o He Kākano,

Two topics this communiqué:
1.       A book proposal
2.       A summary of the March Conference presentations


1.       Proposal to Develop He Kākano Resources – Publications Project – School Case Studies

The He Kākano team has obtained permission from the Ministry of Education to develop a number of publications that we hope will not only be a permanent reminder of the impact of the programme in your school, but also become useful future resource material for other schools seeking to improve the levels of achievement and success of their Māori students.

Hine and I would therefore like to invite you to nominate a person or a small group of people from your school (the person may be yourself or the group may include yourself) to volunteer to help us write a small 5000 word vignette about your journey toward cultural responsivity. Together the different school stories would form a series of case studies loosely built around the following framework:

  • Context: start with a sense of your school (demography, decile, size, special character etc.)
  • Motivation: Why did we join a programme focused on cultural responsivity? What was I hoping to achieve by the school taking part in the programme? What was the need, as I saw it? (If you ‘inherited’ the programme, what did you find)?
  • Challenges: What were some of the challenges that we could see when our school first joined the programme (individually, collectively, for the school)? What were some of the other challenges that I saw once I joined? How did I overcome these challenges? What helped me?
  • Tools and Resources: What tools and resources have been useful in helping me and the school to address the challenges?
  • Successes: What have been some of the successes to date? Where has the impact of the programme been most positive – from a personal as well as professional point of view?
  • Looking Ahead: What advice would I give other schools entering into the ‘culturally responsive leadership’ space? What challenges remain and how do I aspire to address these?

Our plan is to include as many case studies as possible in one or two publications, but to leave the door open for different school responses to be included in different kinds of publications and/or on web sites, including from among: ‘Principal Today’, Gazette articles, NZCER’s ‘SET’ booklets, articles in journals for professional readers (e.g. NZEALs) and international publications. How many publications we tap into and what kinds will depend on how many responses we get and the story you tell.

We see this as an opportunity for the He Kākano schools to not only celebrate their achievements but to also outline some of the challenges, using their own words as much as possible, and to tell the world about their different journeys. This project is entirely voluntary, and would require the following commitment from the schools that volunteer to take part:

  • Someone should be prepared to sit down and write/tell the school’s story, based on the above framework. We will contact the lead person selected by you to discuss how we intend to keep contact through the writing process. We will also help you write your school’s story if need be.
  • We think each case study will be up to 5,000 words long. That’s less than two pages per topic above (about 10 pages in all). We will reserve the right to edit each case study, but you will have the final say.
  • Schools may be asked to send their case studies out to other schools to read. The purpose of this proposed exercise will be for the recipient schools to read your case study and ask questions as they arise from reading it. You would then have an opportunity to respond to the questions as part of the development and editing process.
  • The time frame we have in mind is to collect the initial outline/draft of case studies by end December 2013 – or earlier if possible. 

As with the national conference presentations below, we think the real value of the case studies will be the opportunity to further reflect and engage in the cycles of enquiry, as a way of further informing our institutional practice, as well as contributing to a larger professional conversation that is happening both nationally and internationally.

We appreciate that the time frame seems ambitious, but we think that if you are able to get started by identifying a writer, it will take very little time to put together. Our task will be to develop the contextual narrative to put around the case studies by way of introduction and conclusion(s). We are in contact with a number of publishers about the proposal and expect to receive a response relatively soon. We look forward to getting a positive response from you about this proposal. Please contact either Hine or Paora if you are interested in being part of what we hope will be a more than useful legacy for the future. Once decided, simply let us know your intention by the end of this month, and we will go from there.

2.  March Conference 2013 Video Summaries

In the last Communiqué we talked about the (then upcoming) September conferences and our intention to use those conferences to celebrate and raise school leaders’ awareness of the number of ways they are addressing Māori student achievement. Over the last two months, Baz Caitcheon has been uploading the speakers and presenters from the two September 2013 Conferences (in Rotorua and Dunedin) as well as the March 2013 Conference (in Rotorua). This has been a long process, but we are now at the stage where we have an excellent series of videos available (102 in total) that will provide a rich source of information for schools for at least the next year and beyond. The list below is of the He Kākano March 2013 Conference only. We will give you the list of regional (September) conference speakers and presenters next week.


The following list of people and their presentations can be viewed by connecting to the following web sites:


You may have to be a member of (or join) Vimeo to see the presentations. Otherwise these may also be seen at the Ministry of Education web site: TKI – He Kākano – see ‘Videos’

The speakers did not always supply their accompanying power points, but the speaker presentations have been edited so that the key messages are clear enough without them.

The presentations and the interviews together provide a rich source of materials for staff to use as discussion starters for professional development purposes.

Each presentation has been summarised below in one sentence. Please add to the summary of each interview found in the Vimeo comments box below the picture of each speaker. The creation of an ongoing dialogue of Blog type comments would make these interviews well worthwhile.


  • PAT SNEDDEN - GUEST SPEAKER - CHAIR MANAIAKALANI TRUST – Tino Rangatiratanga as a vehicle for realising respectful relationships of interdependence in schools.
  • EMERITUS PROFESSOR GRAHAM SMITH – OPENING WELCOME AND REMARKS – Transformation and change in a post Treaty settlement era requires the whole community to be involved.
  • HINE WAITERE - HE KĀKANO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR – Schools’ role in developing bicultural skills to address Māori student achievement
  • PAORA HOWE - HE KĀKANO PROFESSIONAL OPERATIONS MANAGER – The conference is a vehicle for schools and key document writers to engage in discussions on best practice
  • Dr LYNNE WHITNEY - GUEST SPEAKER - ‘Me Kōrero – Let’s Talk – Ka Hikitia 2013-2017’ –Ka Hikitia’s key concepts and the Māori Gains Framework.
  • FRANCES GOULTON– GUEST SPEAKER - Whānau Engagement and Ako’ – The writer-researcher of Tu Rangatira reminds schools of the need to have courage and allow students to be creative.
  • Dr CLAIRE SINNEMA – GUEST PRESENTER - ‘Teacher Appraisal and Pedagogic Conversations’ – the writer-researcher links the teacher appraisal system (RUIA) to Māori student learning
  • STACEY RURU, WIREMU KEEPA, KAHURANGI GOULTON and RAWIRI WARU – GUEST PANEL PRESENTERS - ‘Success as Māori: Language, Culture and Identity’ – each presenter tells their own story of success as a Māori while students in secondary schools
  • NAN WEHIPEIHANA AND JUDY OAKDEN – GUEST SPEAKERS – The writer-researchers describe key ideas from the  Rangiātea Case Studies  and the links to Tātaiako.
  • LYNNETTE BRADNAM – GUEST SPEAKER- ‘Tātaiako at the Coalface’ – Ka Hikitia, Tātaiako and the Registered Teachers' Criteria are guides for teachers to be more culturally competent.
  • CHRIS EKETONE (BoT) & ANDY WHITEHEAD (BoT) – GUEST SPEAKERS – Both speakers present valuable perspectives on how and why to grow whānau engagement in schools
  • JOHN TAIT & RAEWIN TIPENE-CLARK – ‘Working with Ngai Tahu’ – the two South Island HK Manutaki remind schools that innovation comes from working in uncomfortable spaces and that how iwi demand to be there at the planning stage of school initiatives.
  • CHIEF REVIEW OFFICER GRAHAM STOOP – GUEST SPEAKER - ‘Indicators for sustained culturally intelligent institutions’ – ERO is increasingly asking schools to explain how they are addressing Māori student performance.
  • LYNETTE BRADNAM (Tātaiako), KELLY BREE and JUDY OAKDEN (Rangiātea) and RAWIRI GIBSON – PANEL – In sum, they agree that change is needed, relationships are important, leaders need courage to change things and directed focus on Māori students will make the difference.


  • TOM PARSONS - PRINCIPAL QUEENS CHARLOTTE – ‘The moral imperative to change is vital’
  • KELLY SPEE - WRITER/RESEARCHER RĀNGIĀTEA – ‘Relationships are critical. Never give up!’
  • TE MAKARINI TEMARA - TUHOE KAIKŌRERO – ‘Schools need to engage with Māori students’
  • WARREN WAETFORD - DP SOUTHERN CROSS CAMPUS COLLEGE ‘ What works for Māori will work for Pacific Island students too’.
  • MALCOLM COX - PRINCIPAL RAGLAN AREA SCHOOL- ‘Links to the land and local people matter’
  • LOUISE MOORE - PRINCIPAL - GLENDOWIE COLLEGE – ‘A collective approach to Māori student achievement is working’
  • PANI HAURAKI - PRINCIPAL BROADWOOD AREA SCHOOL/MAUNGAKIEKIE – ‘The school belongs to the local people not the teachers’
  • JOANNA TOKONA - HOD ART WAITAKI BOYS HIGH SCHOOL – ‘The tuakana/teina system is having a positive impact on the Māori students involved’.
  • JOSEPHINE GAGE & CHAZ DOHERTY - TE WHAITI NUI A TOI – Their curriculum is ‘Takahi Whenua o Toi Kairākau’ to strengthen student identity with their school and land it is in.
  • JULIE ANDERSON, GLENIS SIMS & CHERIE FORD - QUEENS HIGH SCHOOL – ‘Addressing whānau engagement by getting out into the local community’
  • GRAHAM STOOP - CHIEF REVIEW OFFICER – ‘The conference enabled him to tap into schools - to give messages about innovation, change and accelerating progress OF Māori students’.
  • ANYA SATYANAND - DP WELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL – The school is ‘opening up spaces’ to enable Māori students to affirm their identity, while working with local iwi.
  • CHEREE SHORTLAND-NUKU - CHIEF ADVISOR MĀORI EDUCATION (MOE) – ‘Sustained change can best occur when schools have engaged communities and both support their Māori students’
  • NAN WEHIPEIHANA AND JUDY OAKDEN – RANGIĀTEA – They describe what the Rangiātea research has taught them about the most successful schools they studied.

Mauri ora,

Hine Waitere (Professional Development Director) and Paora Howe (Professional Operations Manager)




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