Whakapiki it te reo Māori is a Ministry of Education contract which is presently being delivered to a range of bilingual and bicultural early childhood education centres across the country. The programme includes linguistic and cultural content that supports and builds teacher understanding and knowledge of whānau-hapū-iwi reo, stories, histories and tikanga.
Whakapiki offers a blended model of delivery which includes a range of kanohi ki te kanohi workshops, centre visits and online engagement.
The te reo Māori component encourages teachers to utilise the Māori Language Learning Progressions (MLLP) framework, which is a language assessment tool used to record and capture te reo Māori being spoken by children and whānau in centres. Teachers are encouraged to record language being spoken and use the information gathered to plan further language interactions to build te reo across centre programmes.
Kaitakawaenga | Facilitator
MEd, PGDipEd&PLD, BEd, DipTchg(ECE)
Huinga originally trained as a primary school teacher at Epsom Teachers College, Auckland. For more than 25 years she has been involved with advocating for and promoting the value and importance of early childhood education for children and families/whānau. Through working alongside a diverse range of teachers in both the primary and early childhood sectors, she has developed deep cultural knowledge and understanding.