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Dr. Maraea Hunia

                                              Dr.Maraea Hunia
Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Maniapoto.
Maraea is a passionate educationist whose career has included teaching in kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa Māori, educational research and publishing, and strategic advisory roles. An experienced author and resource developer, Maraea has contributed to academic publications, learning resources for children, and support resources for teachers. Maraea’s recent research has been in te reo Māori use, wellbeing in schools, and partnerships between Māori organisations and the Department of Corrections; her PhD study was a longitudinal kaupapa-Māori case study of reo Māori socialisation and acquisition by young children growing up in bilingual whānau. As Tumu Māori, Maraea leads Tātai Aho Rau Core Education’s kaupapa Māori team.


Session Description:

Cultural taxation in schools: Can you do the karakia for our staff meeting?

Who gets asked to do the karakia at your school? What about that quick translation, whakataukī, waiata, or Māori name? Who takes the kapa haka? Who does the karanga or whaikōrero? This lighthearted workshop will support you to understand the concept of cultural taxation and the impact it has daily in schools. You will explore new approaches to getting and giving cultural support, and find new effective ways to respond to the 101 requests you received last week.

Session Description:

Ōku reo kāmehameha - My languages are my super learning power

In the vibrant cultural landscape of Aotearoa, nurturing and celebrating multilingualism has emerged as a crucial endeavour. This panel discussion, titled "Ōku Reo Kāmehameha - My Languages are my super power," delves into the multifaceted dimensions of fostering indigenous and heritage languages as a rich garden for learning in Aotearoa. Our esteemed panelists, facilitated by Dr Maraea Hunia, will explore key themes such as identities, languages and cultures; effective pedagogies; addressing systemic racism and bias; and navigating and creating language domains in support of learning.

The panel will discuss:

  • strategies and approaches that educators and communities can employ to nurture indigenous language use,
  • discussing effective pedagogies that empower learners to harness their full linguistic repertoires and translanguaging capabilities,
  • how embracing and valuing indigenous and heritage languages and cultural backgrounds contributes positively to education,
  • the challenges of systemic racism and bias that hinders learning by speakers of indigenous languages
  • how educational institutions, families, and communities can collaboratively create environments that foster indigenous and heritage language,
  • sharing success stories and best practices  to inspire the creation of place/time, kaupapa and people domains to normalise and support indigenous and heritage languages use.

Together, we will uncover strategies, insights, and collaborative solutions that celebrate the richness of languages and empower our learners to harness their linguistic superpowers for a brighter and more equitable future.