6 July 2019

Press Release:

Māori delegates from the Waikato-Tainui tribe will travel to Chile for an indigenous education leader’s project from July 7-15.

The group consists of four kaiako (teachers), four tumuaki (principals) from Waikato wharekura (secondary schools), Waikato-Tainui General Manager for Education and Pathways Raewyn Mahara, and Manager for Te Reo and Matauranga, Jason Kereopa.

University of Waikato Project Director Chris Henderson says, “this is a powerful initiative, we are working in partnership with Waikato-Tainui, and most importantly Waikato-Tainui are leading new partnerships with Chile’s Mapuche people to provide international pathways for indigenous learners.”  

With a view towards improved outcomes for indigenous learners and the growth of indigenous enterprise, He Aputahi Taketake delegates will work with leaders from Chile’s Mapuche community to explore language revitalisation and the inclusion of indigenous education in our respective school systems.

A key feature of the project is a three-day rural school placement in Chile’s Araucania region. During this time delegates will explore ways for schools in Chile and Aotearoa New Zealand to collaborate on curriculum, teacher and resource development.  

The project has been initiated by Waikato-Tainui and The University of Waikato’s Te Whai Toi Tangata, with funding from The Latin America Centre of Asia Pacific Excellence (LatAm Cape).

LatAm Cape is committed to enhancing New Zealand Aotearoa’s economic engagement and cultural understanding with Latin America. It contributes valuable expertise and networks for New Zealanders to grow their knowledge, business and education in the region.

For more information please contact:

Raewyn Mahara (General Manager Education and Pathways, Waikato-Tainui):

Raewyn.Mahara@tainui.co.nz  +64 21 659 742 

Chris Henderson (Associate Director, Te Whai Toi Tangata, University of Waikato): Chris.henderson@waikato.ac.nz +64 21 858 235

 Louise Down (Senior Communications Advisor) Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (Latin America CAPE) Louise.Down@vuw.ac.nz +64 22 5636 553




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