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Lynette Bradnam

Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Kai Tahu
Dip.Tchg, M.Ed Māori Education
Accredited Facilitator
+64 27 212 8000

Ko Te Awaputahi te maunga
Ko Taurekaitai te awa
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi
Ko Ngāti Kere, Ngāti Pīhere, Ngāti Manuhiri ōku hapū,
Ko Rongomaraeroa te marae
Ia Kere te Ngāhuru, Ka Ngāhuru noa atu

Many of my mother’s generation experienced the loss of their language, culture, history and in many cases their whenua. This process of colonisation has impacted on many generations of Māori and still continues to today.

I have sought to regain our language and tikanga through study at Te Whare Wānanga over the years and ensured my own children learned te reo Māori by participating in Māori medium education immersed in Te Ao Māori. This experience has helped to instil a passion and commitment in my work to indigenise spaces and support schools and teachers to provide an education that better meets the needs of Māori so they can fully participate in Te Ao Māori, Te Ao Pākeha and Te Ao Whānui.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is foundational to our work and I have learned that it is important for Māori and non-Māori to better understand Māori life prior to the arrival of Europeans to Aotearoa, then to realise the impact of colonisation on Māori. The impact of colonisation includes exploring the difference between the Treaty and Te Tiriti, and what was promised to Māori in terms of protection of taonga such as te reo Māori, participation and partnership with the Crown.

Once there is clarification, it is possible to begin to have conversations as to how schools and teachers can realise their responsibility as Crown partners to honour Te Tiriti. The aim then is to support leaders, teachers and governors to examine their practice in order for their relationships and responses to give effect to Te Tiriti, and transform spaces through indigenisation and declonisation.

Kaupapa Māori

Kaupapa Māori has an important place in the transformational change required in the education system. Kaupapa Māori includes Tino Rangatiratanga, revitalisation of Matauranga Māori and the resistance to colonisation. I provide PLD experiences that support teachers, governors and leaders to deepen their understanding of these elements that uphold and maintain a Māori World view, cultural aspirations of Māori and the valued practices of Māori. Subsequently they are the able to implement praxis that facilitates Tino Rangatiratanga, revitalisation and resistance.

This PLD highlights the connection between kaupapa Māori and Te Tiriti of Waitangi, recognising the significance of reciprocal relationships between schools and Mana Whenua, and how the strength of those relationships can lead to a collaborative approach to improve outcomes for Māori and non-Māori learners.

Critical Consciousness

Critical consciousness as an element of conscientisation, challenges educators to examine their pedagogoical practices, school systems and relationships to identify whether the power is dominated by the status quo or shared. This process is supported by the examination of key evidence and information to better understand how this power and privilege is occurring in their school end explore the inequities.

Through a range of PLD activities and the use of critical questioning, I support and challenge school leaders and teachers to reflect deeply on their critical consciousness to work collaboratively and develop solutions that support Mana Whenua and a Māori world view.

Whakawhāiti (inclusion)

Inclusion involves developing determined policies, decisions and practice so that groups of people who are marginalised by race, gender, sexuality, learning support needs and impairment can feel that they are accepted, respected and that they belong.

In the PLD sessions I run, I work to ensure that I recognise and embrace the potential to learn about and from diversity by planning and facilitating learning opportunities that value, promote and respond to the perspectives and experiences of all people.

Referees
Robin Famish, Tumaki, Tamatea High School, principal@tamatea.school.nz
Gina Smith, Tumuaki, Featherston Primary School, principal@featherston.school.nz