kia manawaroa

Kia Manawaroa
6 Haratua 2022

06 May 2022
kia manawaroa

Kia Manawaroa
6 Haratua 2022

06 May 2022

Kia ora e te iwi,

Ka rere a mihi ki a koutou katoa. Congratulations on making it through the first week of term two! 

In this issue of Kia Manawaroa, we are so excited to celebrate our first ever Māori public holiday, and share Te Tohu o Matariki with you. 

Next up, we’re inviting rangatahi Māori to register for the Youth Advisory Group to share their experiences and perspectives on education with the Minister of Education, and help shape the education system, and we shine a light on Hei Raukura Mō te Mokopuna – the new te reo matatini and pāngarau strategy which puts ākonga at the centre of learning. 

We share the official dates for Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata National Kapa Haka Festival 2023, and we check out a new ‘social supermarket’ for the hapori of Kaitaia, which will operate on koha, aroha, and manaakitanga. 

We’re standing up against bullying with articles on Bullying Free NZ Week (16 - 20 May) and Pink Shirt Day (20 May), and we invite you to share your feedback on improving the wellbeing of tamariki, and how new ECE services are prioritised. 

As always, we keep you updated on COVID-19, with new information for whānau about vaccinations for 5-11 year olds, and we connect you with services and agencies that can support the wellbeing of your whānau, whether you need financial advice, a trained counsellor to talk to, or just some tips on how to look after your mental health.

Pro tip: Some kōhanga, puna reo, and kura encourage their kids to come dressed in pink to support Pink Shirt Day, so you’ve got a couple of weeks from now to locate and secure your child’s pink gears to avoid the mad rush on the morning of! 

We're really keen to hear your honest feedback about this pānui, so please make sure you take the one minute Kia Manawaroa survey

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Mānawatia a Matariki

Night sky with the text 'Mānawatia a Matariki'

Aotearoa can proudly boast its first ever Māori public holiday, with Matariki being announced as an official public holiday after Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Bill passed its third reading in Parliament on 7 April. 

Matariki will be celebrated as a public holiday for the first time on 24 June this year, with the date changing each year according to the maramataka. 

This year is significant in terms of milestones in te ao Māori, marking 50 years since the Māori language petition was presented to parliament, 35 years since te reo became an official language in Aotearoa, 40 years since the first kōhanga reo opened its doors, and almost 50 years since the establishment of Waitangi Day as a public holiday. 

Decisions around what the public holiday will be called, when it will fall, and how it could be celebrated, have been made with advice from Māori astronomer, University of Waikato professor, and renowned Matariki expert, Dr Rangi Matamua (Tūhoe). 

Dr Rangi Matamua star-gazing. Credit: RNZ / Dr Rangi Matamua
Dr Rangi Matamua star-gazing. Credit: RNZ / Dr Rangi Matamua

Rangi has spent much of his life learning about the Matariki star cluster from hundreds of pages of manuscripts that were passed down to his grandfather in 1934, and kept locked up for 50 years before being handed down to Rangi in 1995. 

Of the new public holiday, Rangi says: “It’s unique and special to who and where we are in the world, and to be able to incorporate that as part of our nationhood and as part of our collective identity is really significant.”  

A new official tohu for Matariki (Te Tohu o Matariki) was revealed earlier this week, designed by Tyrone Ohia (Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāi te Rangi), with nine tukutuku crosshatches in different colours interwoven on a black background.

The new logo can be seen at the launch in Wellington with Prime Minister Jacinda Adern, Minister Kelvin Davis, and tamariki and kaiako from Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngā Mokopuna. Credit: RNZ / Ashleigh McCaul
The new logo can be seen at the launch in Wellington with Prime Minister Jacinda Adern, Minister Kelvin Davis, and whānau from Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngā Mokopuna. Credit: RNZ / Ashleigh McCaul

Tyrone says the crosshatches represent the nine visible stars that make up the Matariki star cluster and the different characteristics they embody. 

“From a Māori point of view as a whānau, they cross in and out of each other and hold each other together.”  

“We’re hoping that it’s a metaphor for us as a nation coming together under Māori kaupapa to celebrate in a distinctively Aotearoa way that’s inclusive of all of us.” He says.  

About Matariki 

Matariki is an abbreviation of ‘Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea’ (‘The Eyes of the God Tāwhirimātea’) and refers to both the star cluster and one of the stars within it. Other terms for the cluster as a whole include Te Tautari-nui-o-Matariki (Matariki fixed in the heavens) and Te Huihui o Matariki (the assembly of Matariki).  

The predawn rising of Matariki in the mid-winter sky marks the changing of the seasons and the beginning of Te Tau Hou Māori, the Māori New Year.  

Some iwi recognise this time of year by the appearance of the star Puanga, also known as Rigel. There are also regions where the setting of the star Rehua, also known as Antares, is used to identify the change of seasons.

Keep an eye out for the Kia Manawaroa Matariki Special next month, and in the meantime, find out more about Matariki in this video from the Matariki Advisory Group:

What is Matariki? | Youtube

Calling all rangatahi Māori: Youth Advisory Group registrations are open!

Members of the 2021 Youth Advisory Group discuss issues in education with Minister Hipkins at an official meeting.

Rangatahi on the Youth Advisory Group share their experiences and perspectives on education with us at Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga (The Ministry of Education) and the Minister of Education himself.

Their advice contributes to improvements in the education system. 

To reflect the different experiences of youth in Aotearoa, the YAG has a diverse range of young people.  This year we’re particularly interested in finding 14 and 15 year olds in Māori medium education. 

If you know someone who could be interested, share with them the link below, or they can Google “YAG NZ 2022” and click on the first result. 

Find out more about the YAG and how to register
For questions, email youth.voice@education.govt.nz  
Registrations close Sunday 8 May 2022. 

Hei Raukura Mō te Mokopuna: Ko te mokopuna kei te toi o ngā whakaaro

Tamariki learning outside

Kia rangatira te mokopuna 
Kia rangatira te Kaiako 
Kia rangatira te reo Māori 
Kia rangatira te iwi. 

Hei Raukura Mō te Mokopuna is a te reo matatini and pāngarau strategy recently released by Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga (Ministry of Education), which puts ākonga at the centre of the learning.

Hei Raukura Mō te Mokopuna is a strategy for ākonga up to 18 years old who are learning through te reo Māori, such as rumaki reo or kura kaupapa Māori.  

Te Reo Matatini refers to the many faces or facets of the language – ngā tini mata o te reo. Te Reo Matatini is about more than just reading and writing – it takes into account the different ways that language is acquired, represented, and expressed in te ao Māori. 

As articulated by the late Hirini Melbourne: “…The ancient world of the Māori was surrounded by writing in their daily life: the carvings on posts and houses, the marks on cloaks, the very architecture of the great meeting houses…”  

“…The fact that texts - compositions, speeches, ritual replies, and so forth - were memorized, not written down, does not mean that the ancient Māori inhabited a world from which writing [as we know it], was absent. It was a world in which a variety of forms, written and oral gave vivid and complex expression to a culture…” 

Pāngarau honours a Māori worldview, encapsuling mathematics alongside Māori knowledge, practices, and values.  

Hei Raukura Mō te Mokopuna invites ākonga and kaiako to explore real-world learning experiences. One example could be calculating how many people have the COVID virus in the area, versus the number of available hospital beds in the rohe, and using that information to assist iwi with their COVID response in the future.  

Hei Raukura Mō te Mokopuna also recognises the important role our kaiako play in maximising ākonga success, and aims to support and increase te reo proficiency of kaiako.  

All of these factors are expected to enhance well-being, educational outcomes, qualifications, and result in better job opportunities for our mokopuna.  An action plan to accompany the strategy will be released in coming months, and will be implemented over the next five years.   

Learn more about Hei Raukura Mō te Mokopuna | Kauwhata Reo

Te Matatini 2023: Official Festival dates confirmed

Te Poutūmārō, Based in Te Waipounamu with members from Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin. Credit: Te Karaka
Te Poutūmārō, Based in Te Waipounamu with members from Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin. Credit: Te Karaka

Te Matatini have announced the new Festival dates for Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata National Kapa Haka Festival 2023, to take place at Ngā Ana Wai (Eden Park) in Tāmaki Makaurau: 

Pōhiri: Tuesday 21st February 2023 
Competition days: Wednesday 22nd – Friday 24th February 2023
Te Matangirua (finals day): Saturday 25th February 2023. 

“We’d like to acknowledge and thank our kapa haka community, sponsors, strategic partners, hau kāinga and all those involved in organising the festival, who continue to work hard to stage a world-class event in 2023.” Says Chairman, Mr Selwyn Parata. 

“Tiakina te whakapapa continues to be at the forefront of all that Te Matatini does. We will continue to plan for the delivery of a safe event for all to enjoy and be a part of.” Says Carl Ross, Chief Executive of Te Matatini. 

Check out the Te Matatini website to sign up for the mailing list and find out when tickets will be available: 

Te Matatini – Kapa Haka Aotearoa 

New supermarket in Kaitaia nourishes whānau with kai and tikanga Māori

Inside the social Supermarket based in Wellington, an example of what Te Hiku Pātaka may look like when it opens in Kaitaia. Credit: NZ Herald 
The Social Supermarket based in Wellington offers an example of what Te Hiku Pātaka may look like when it opens in Kaitaia. Credit: NZ Herald 

Te Hiku Pātaka is a joint project between Foodstuffs and Māori providers, such as Te Kahu Oranga Whānau and several organisations in Te Hiku o te Ika (the Far North). 

The social supermarket is planning to open a second shop in Kaitaia later this month, with the first being established in Wellington. The purpose of Te Hiku Pātaka is to nourish whānau and communities whilst affirming tikanga Māori practices of kai gathering, growing, and sharing. 

The supermarket will be operated on a koha system where whānau can pay what they can afford.

Phillip Murray of Te Kahu Oranga Whānau said the store would be a place where people can experience manaaki and be served and supported with dignity. 

“It's a place where whānau can exercise their own choices," Murray said. “It's also a place that feels, looks and sounds like it's for them as well, so it will be a place where people will feel comfortable to come and get access to the food they need."  

Willa Hand, Foodstuffs North Island head of membership experience, said the aim of the pātaka is to give whānau the ability to choose kai and essentials for themselves.  

"When people have an emergency and need food, they come to a traditional foodbank and more often than not just get given what they get given. That's really helpful but it doesn't take into consideration cultural needs, allergies, food likes and dislikes. 

The idea behind social supermarkets is that when individuals or families have an emergency need for whatever reason - maybe they're having a tough week or a tough month and are struggling to put food on the table - we can do more than just give them what we have in a pre-packed food parcel." 

Te Hiku Pātaka is set to be up and running by late May. There are plans to roll out more social supermarket initiatives in other communities, including Tauranga. 

Bullying-Free NZ Week: Nominate your local legend

Bullying Free NZ Week 2022 promotional banner

Bullying-Free NZ Week runs from the week of 16 - 20 May 2022, ending on Pink Shirt Day. This year the theme is ‘He Kōtuinga mahi iti, he hua pai-ā rau’ – ‘Small ripples create big waves’. 

Bullying Free NZ want to celebrate Local Legends during the week, and are encouraging kura and whānau to nominate special people in their lives whose everyday mahi, both big and small, helps to promote a safe and inclusive environment for ākonga. 

Simply fill out the nomination form below – or use the #BullyingFreeNZ hashtag on Instagram, Facebook, or Tik Tok – to nominate your Local Legend, and you could be in to win a set of Bullying-Free NZ masks for your child’s classroom. 

Find out more about how to nominate your local legend | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga   
Find out more about Bullying-Free NZ Week | Bullying Free NZ 

Have your say on issues in education

Improving Student Wellbeing survey

Photo credit: Kōwhai Intermediate School
Photo credit: Kōwhai Intermediate School

Do you have a tamaiti in year 7-13? Would you like to give your feedback about how your kura and community can support your child’s wellbeing?  

Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga (the Ministry of Education) is working on a set of national student wellbeing measures that will support schools be the best place for our tamariki to learn. 

As well as surveying kaiako and students, they also need your feedback. You’ll be asked questions like:

  • How would you want your child’s kura to show that it cares for them? 
  • What would a safe school look like for your tamaiti? 
  • How would your child’s school show that your child belongs to their school community? 

Please take a minute to complete the survey, and share with anyone else who might be interested:

Take the Student Wellbeing survey | Survey Monkey 

This survey closes on 30 June 2022.  

Priorities for national and regional statements and new network management regulations for licensed ECE services 

Two children playiing in an early learning environment

Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga (the Ministry of Education) wants to hear from you about what types of service offerings should be a priority for the licensed early childhood network. 

The purpose of this work is to enable all children and their whānau to have access to quality early learning settings that meet their needs. 

Think about the types of early learning services offered in your area – do they reflect the culture of your community? Was your whānau able to access the type of early learning services you wanted for your tamaiti? 

If you would like to share your whakaaro around what types of early learning services should be prioritised for the licensed early childhood network, make a submission below: 

Find out more about the proposal and make a submission | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga 

This consultation closes midnight on Thursday, 2 June 2022.

COVID-19 Updates

Aotearoa is at the Orange Traffic Light setting

Aotearoa is currently in the Orange Setting in the Traffic Light system. At Orange, the basic guidelines are: 

  • Take your mask wherever you go 
  • Facemasks are not required, but are strongly encouraged at schools 
  • Face masks must be work on school buses and public transport by everyone 12 and over 
  • There are no indoor or outdoor capacity limits 
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, stay home and take a Rapid antigen test (RAT) 
  • If you, or someone you live with, gets COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 7 days. 

Find out more about life at Orange
Find out more about the Traffic Light system

Vaccination helps keep our tamariki and whānau safe

Seven adults standing by a 'COVID-19 Vaccination Centre' flag with a wharenui in the background.

The COVID-19 vaccine protects you, your whānau and your community from COVID-19, because being vaccinated can minimise the chances of catching it and transmitting it to others.  

It’s free and available now for everyone aged five and over. To make an appointment: 

Vaccine questions answered | Unite Against COVID-19  
Benefits of vaccinating tamariki | Unite Against COVID-19
Research and data on vaccinating 5-11 year olds | Ministry of Health 
Research and data on vaccinating young people aged 12-15 | Ministry of Health 
Find out more about vaccinations for children aged 5-11 | Unite Against COVID-19 

Tamariki 5 -11 can now get vaccinated 

Tamariki aged five to 11 can get a free COVID-19 vaccine now. They will receive a paediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine which means a lower dose, a smaller amount, and a smaller needle. 

The lower dose was chosen based on a trial that showed the lower dose was safe and had few side effects in this age group. 

Check out this video to hear Dr Jin Russel talk about four reasons to vaccinate tamariki | Youtube

Vaccine effectiveness for tamariki 

If tamariki who have been vaccinated do develop COVID-19, they’re far less likely to fall seriously ill and less likely to transmit the virus to others.

For children aged five to 11, clinical trial results showed the Pfizer vaccine was 90.7% effective against getting COVID-19 symptoms, and no participants developed severe COVID-19.  

Tamariki need two doses at least eight weeks apart

Experts say tamariki need two doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be fully protected, and recommend the first and second dose are at least eight weeks apart.  

The gap between doses can be shortened to 21 days if needed – for example, if the tamaiti is starting significant immunosuppression treatment – but you should speak to a doctor about this first. 

If your tamaiti is 11 

It’s up to you as the parent or caregiver to decide when your tamaiti gets their first vaccination. If they get their first dose when they’re 11, they will get the paediatric version for both doses – even if they get their second dose after they turn 12. 

If you choose to wait until after they turn 12, they will get the adult vaccine for both doses.

Two children sit with two doctors discussing the COVID vaccinations

Getting vaccinated after testing positive for COVID-19 

If you or your tamariki have tested positive for COVID-19, experts recommend you still get any COVID-19 vaccinations you’re eligible for – after a three month wait. 

A gap of three months gives the body time to wind back down and get the most benefit from a vaccination. 

The three-month interval should only be shortened in exceptional circumstances and on the recommendation of a healthcare professional. 

Watch this video to find out more about getting your booster dose after having Omicron | Youtube

Getting tested 

If you have cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms you need to get tested – ASAP!  You also need to get tested if you've you live with someone who has tested positive.  

COVID-19 symptoms
Find a COVID-19 testing centre | Healthpoint.co.nz
Request a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) | Ministry of Health NZ  

You might also be able to buy a test from a local shop or chemist. Best to call them first to see if they’re in stock. 

More information about COVID-19 

Unite Against COVID-19 is the official Government website for COVID-19 advice. Check out the links below for more information: 

Other COVID-19 support
What to do if you catch COVID-19 
How and when to self-isolate
What to do if you're a household contact
What to do if you're a close contact

Whānau wellbeing

Your wellbeing – and that of your whānau – is the most important thing of all. Remember, you can't look after anyone else if you're not looking after yourself.  

If you feel like you might need support, please don't struggle alone. It’s braver to reach out than it is to suffer in silence.  

Call or text 1737 for 24/7 access to a free, trained counsellor -  or check out the links below for more options:  

Where to go for help
Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing
Download the services and support contacts sheet

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