He raru ki ngā kura auraki – an exploration into the meaning of “Māori enjoying education success as Māori” to Māori students and their whānau in south island mainstream schools.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Education
The Ministry of Education produced the first of two versions of the Māori Education Strategy “Ka Hikitia” in 2008, which states that the strategic intent of the strategy was for Māori to enjoy education success as Māori. In the second edition, in 2013, the strategic intent became Māori enjoying and achieving education success as Māori. Little information or support was available to establish what that meant at the time of this study.
This research project is about the mainstream South Island secondary school experiences of Māori students and their parents. The study sought to establish what the strategic intent means to them and to understand what they had experienced as supports for achieving this aspiration. The study was conducted using the combination of a phenomenological and Kaupapa Māori approach, and consisted of semi-structured interviews with seven Māori students and three parents conducted in 2012. Findings from the study suggest that the participants define having success as Māori as the opportunity to develop strengths in relation to both Mātauranga Pākehā and Mātauranga Maori. This success is supported through both school and whānau factors that reflect the Māori values of wānanga, whanaungatanga and ako.