Kaupapa Maori and Matauranga Maori
The infusion of Maori language and culture into the education of Deaf students provides them with the chance to focus on their roots.
Ruamoko Marae hosts classes from pre-school to Transition enabling students to learn more about Maori culture and Marae protocol. The Marae hosts 12 classes a week. Michael Wi, a Deaf Maori tutor, also travels to satellite classes at Papatoetoe East school, Papatoetoe High school and Kelston Intermedate school.
A timetable and topic overview is estabished for year long "Tikanga Maori" teaching activities:
- Maori protocol knowledge
- Knowledge of the Marae setting,
- Matariki (Maori New Year) - What this means for us, How we celebrate
- We engage students in Maori traditions and powhiri celebrations
- We create awareness to develop a better understanding of culture
- We teach though story telling, art, carving, bone carving, taiata and kapa haka
- Our Marae is open to use for IEP meetings and other gatherings
- Karakia and Waiata