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Draft Unit Plan - Tikanga Haumaru-ā-Wai

A draft unit plan has been developed as a template for kaiako which focuses on a learning programme for tamariki at Te Kura Kaupapa o Ngā Mokopuna, Seatoun, Whanganui a Tara, Wellington. Learning of water safety competencies in the water is additional to this work and not included in the Unit Plan.

Te Kura Kaupapa o Ngā Mokopuna is a Te Aho Matua kura, and is situated on the waterfront known as Te Maraenui a Kupe (on Seatoun Beach).

The draft unit plan is an example only and provides a starting point for kaiako to commence a learning programme that is holistic and organic in nature, that provides tamariki with the ability to lead their own learning and development through observation, investigation and questioning. 

The unit plan has been developed within the Wai Puna framework and Te Aho Matua principles in mind, and will organically manifest through the use of whakapapa, mātauranga (knowledge), tikanga (correct processes and procedures), wānanga (discussions), pakiwaitara (stories), waiata (songs) and moteatea (laments) with the learning objectives and outcomes decided by the teaching group or syndicate. 

Learning plans and outcomes may include:


A sound understanding of ancestors and their journeys  linked to local knowledge including place names etc


A sound understanding of the relationships of tamariki and whānau to customs and knowledge and how it relates to their region and Mana Whenua,


An understanding of known local hazards and rules and behaviours around their specific waterways


Knowledge and  respect for their region and specific waterways


Developed sound confidence and improved understanding of water


Understands and is able to recite karakia that ensures well being


Displayed a growing resilience and improved knowledge around water


Displayed great leadership skills that supports knowledge around water


Displays empathy for others


Is aware and focused, and contributes to the learning programme


Is more empowered with knowledge gained, learnt and retained


Is able to display the attributes of a learned tamaiti at Ngā Mokopuna


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