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Auckland Kura Kaupapa Māori wins major award at PM’s Education Awards

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Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae in Auckland won the 2019 Focus Prize: Excellence in Māori-medium Education at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards ceremony held in Parliament.

The kura developed Te Kete Uruao, a learner-centric programme that supports the vocational, educational and holistic aspirations for all learners. It offers students practical skills and qualifications to prepare them to succeed as Māori. This involved providing a kaupapa Māori learning environment, culturally empowering teaching practice and culturally relevant learning programmes, with strong connections with whānau, hapū, tertiary providers, industry and employers.

The judging panel said:

"The kura has made significant shifts in achievement and has developed strong connections with whānau. There is evidence in the entry that students are remaining at the kura for longer in the senior years and that there is a real focus on vocational aspirations for the students, providing greater choice for their futures.

This kura is building on robust conversations with whānau. It has initiated new approaches to teaching and learning and has shifted from an emphasis on subject learning to meeting the need of their students. They are ensuring their students can become effective members of a global society."

Ministry of Education Acting Deputy Secretary for Early Learning and Student Achievement, Pauline Cleaver, congratulates all the winners and says they are a testament to the great teaching that’s happening around the country to support learners to succeed.

"Their hard work and dedication to education excellence have changed the lives of children and young people, and will have a lasting impact not just to them, but to their whānau and the community they belong to," she says.

The school received a prize package that includes a $20,000 financial award and professional development opportunities.

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