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Sonya's Understanding
Janette's Understanding
Tony's Understanding
Megan's Understanding

Tahu's chapter for EdBookNZ
Te Reo

Tamara Bell Shares her Whānaungatanga experience at a new school.
Sally Heart Shares: Whanau connections and the importance of Whānaungatanga at HPSS
Sally Heart shares: Walking the talk...Relationships... **Whānaungatanga**
Belinda Whyte shares: Tataiako Session 1 with RTLiT Cluster.

OK Team, lets put our twitter hats on and cut through it all to make this really simply understood.
- ulimasao ulimasao


Defining Whānaungatanga.

The PTC associated with Whānaungatanga

How could we tell someone about Whānaungatanga?

What is an alternative explanation of Whānaungatanga?

What impact might Whānaungatanga have on our practice?

What are the positives of Whānaungatanga?

What are the challenges of Whānaungatanga?

What are we still wondering about Whānaungatanga?

Whose voice is not being heard?

One statement that says it all


I love this little article. It speaks about the importance of relationships and choosing the right people.
When we do that, it can lead to good outcomes for students and teachers.

Key Words Identified for


Professional Relationships,
Professional Values,

Team Moderator: Sonya Van Schaijik



At Otaki College we use Te Kawa o Te Ako to underpin everything we do. This includes Whanaungatanga. These Te Kawa o Te Ako have been developed from our local iwi and Te Wananga o Raukawa which is a significant part of our community. However, we had to make them our own. For us, it is all about relationships and how these are so critical, whether student-student, teacher - student, teacher-teacher, and whanau relationships. We all have responsibilities that go with these relationships and it is how we nurture and foster their growth that is critical. These go hand in hand with each other. Without one, something else may struggle. For example, without Manaakitanga can Whanaungatanga develop and grow?

  • Kotahitanga—the development and maintenance of a unity of purpose and direction
  • Pūkengatanga—the preservation, teaching and creation of mātauranga Māori
  • Kaitiakitanga—the obligation to foster and protect all living things
  • Manaakitanga—the expression of mana-enhancing behaviour towards one another.
  • Whanaungatanga—the reciprocal rights and responsibilities that flow from the interrelationships of all living things
  • Te Reo—the responsibility to ensure the transmission of te reo to future generations
  • Whakapapa—the inter-relationships of all living things
  • Ūkaipōtanga—the importance of tūrangawaewae, a place where one belongs, feels valued and is able to contribute.
  • Wairuatanga—the recognition of the intimate spiritual connections that link atua, humankind and nature
- Megs-NL Megs-NL Oct 10, 2015

Loving this Meg - ulimasao ulimasao

Rangatiratanga—the expression of the attributes of a Rangatira, including humility, leadership by example, generosity and diplomacy.

I found this definition and like that we can make clear links to the PTC and our daily practice...
whanaungatanga (noun)relationship, kinship, sense of family connection - a relationship through shared experiences and working together which provides people with a sense of belonging. It develops as a result of kinship rights and obligations, which also serve to strengthen each member of the kin group. It also extends to others to whom one develops a close familial, friendship or reciprocal relationship. - MsClairebee MsClairebee Oct 4, 2015