Underpinned by Atua Matua, Mātaiao is a Kaupapa Māori initiative supporting kura and kaiako to implement a Te Ao Māori approach through whakapapa and matauranga Māori to connect tamariki to te taiao (the environment) for better health and wellbeing outcomes.
Led by Sport New Zealand Ihi Aotearoa, in partnership with Ngā Pākura, and supported by the Ministry of Education, Mātaiao is a culturally distinctive pathway within the Government’s Healthy Active Learning initiative.
As a pilot initiative, Tapuwaekura has supported select kura kaupapa Māori, wharekura and kura ā-iwi across Aotearoa since 2020. In 2023, Tapuwaekura was expanded throughout Aotearoa. Along with the expansion, Tapuwaekura was renamed Mātaiao, which means to observe and learn from the environment.
At its core Mātaiao nurtures a thriving taiao (environment) through reconnecting ākonga (learners) with the languages and environmental knowledge of atua Māori.
Underpinned by Kaupapa Māori-centered evaluation practices, Te Paetawhiti Ltd and Associates have led the evaluation of Tapuwaekura, focused on understanding:
- What is important when implementing Tapuwaekura.
- What difference Tapuwaekura has made for tamariki, kaiako and kura.
Sport New Zealand Ihi Aotearoa would like to acknowledge Ngā Pākura, Te Paetawhiti and the kura involved in the evaluation of Tapuwaekura.
Mā te rongo, ka mōhio, mā te mōhio, ka mārama, mā te mārama, ka mātau
From listening comes knowledge, from knowledge comes understanding, from understanding comes wisdom
Total Number of Kura Engaged in Tapuwaekura
Atua Matua Framework
This video by Waka Huia describes Atua Matua.
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