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This course will have two main components. Both will aim to explore traditional knowledge systems that stem from te taiao, nga wai me te whenua. Through Mana Whenua akonga will listen to kaikorero and research place based stories and pedagogies on the land in which they originated. Kai Tahu cultural narratives will be explored as well as other purakau of different rohe in order to appreciate and teach from a historical and traditional context. Pre-service kaiako will consider how to appropriately teach purakau in both primary and early childhood contexts to engage learners and transfer knowledge whilst honouring the hau kainga.
A second and integral component of this course will encourage pre-service kaiako to view themselves as kaitiaki and encourage their future akonga to be kaimanaaki taiao. They will explore traditional mahinga kai practices including mara kai and indigenous kai, guided by Te Maramataka as well as wider tikanga Maori practices. Kaitiakitanga of the whenua, wai and wider taiao connecting to atua Maori, will be the foundation of both components of this course. This will involve a practical component.