Tenei te pou ka tu
Tenei te pou ka maia
Marama mai i roto
Tiaho mai i roto
Hei pou whakarongo
Hei pou atawhai
Mō tēnei kaupapa
Ko Tane whakapiripiri
Ko Tane te wānanga
Haumi e Hui e
(As the opening karakia is being read the animated seeds fade from darkness into the light. This suggests an awakening from darkness to light, from unknowing to knowing, and the seeds a metaphor for new growth. It talks of Tāne te wānanga who stands as a sentry guiding and supporting us on the journey, where our hearts are bound together in alliance and we commit)
Hui te mārama hei purapura ora
Working together, we nurture and support the growth and wellbeing of mokopuna.
This whakatauāki was gifted by Dr Wayne Ngata, as Chief Advisor Te Ao Māori at the Ministry of Education in 2019. It sits at the heart of He Pikorua and underpins the way we practice across learning support.
Our work is guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi within the Learning Support Delivery Model and our inclusive education system.
He Pikorua is our practice framework. It has been developed to bring together existing Learning Support practice frameworks and the RTLB Toolkit.
Its purpose is to help you work with confidence as specialist practitioners and with the collective knowledge, energy and support of others.
He Pikorua consists of seven guiding principles. These principles ensure that our mokopuna are at the centre of the way we work. They ensure we address challenges, value identity, language and culture, and understand and respond to diverse needs. They help us consider contexts and environments and base our practice on inquiry and collective expertise.
The principles guide He Pikorua in action. They support how we work together to connect, gather information, understand, plan, take action and review.
The principles of He Pikorua guide our work with mokopuna, with groups of whanau or educators and mokopuna they support.
They also apply when we work across whole schools, kura and early learning services.
He Pikorua allows practice to be flexible and respond to the unique needs of our mokopuna, whānau, educators and communities.
How we work provides examples of how He Pikorua is brought into practice. Through the resources section we can link to important documents and tools that are specific to our practice, including competencies, standards, codes and other specific guidance we use in our mahi.
He Pikorua brings together best practice in a living, up-to-date and dynamic way. It will be updated to enable our practice to remain current and relevant.
E kore e taea e te whenua Kotahi
Ki te raranga I te whāriki
Kia mohio tātou ki a tatou
Mā te mahi tahi o ngā whenua mā te mahi tahi o ngā kairaranga
Ka oti tenei whāriki.
(This whakatauki and the English translation scroll up from the bottom of the page, there is no audio while this occurs)