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What learning opportunities does Exploring Te Ao Kori provide?

Exploring Te Ao Kori describes learning experiences derived from customary Māori cultural practices. This resource integrates health and physical education and the arts, and it provides teachers with ideas for planning activities to meet the identified learning needs of students.

This resource supports the principles of partnership and equity that are embodied in the Treaty of Waitangi and in The New Zealand Curriculum Framework, recognising that New Zealand's bicultural heritage is unique and important to all New Zealanders, and promotes learning in, through, and about movement, language, dance, drama, music, and the visual arts.

This resource should enable students to explore the skills, knowledge, values, and attitudes embedded in Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum (1999), Hauora i roto i te Marautanga o Aotearoa: He Tauira, The Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum, and Ngā Toi i roto i te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

This resource suggests ways in which health and physical education and arts activities that focus on te ao kori can provide opportunities for students to:

  • develop skills, knowledge, and understanding based on the cultural values, beliefs, and activities of local hapū (sub-tribes) and iwi (tribes) through play, games, and other expressions of dance and movement and art making
  • use and follow te reo Māori arts practices through movement, voice, sound using instruments, and other activities that can be developed both inside and outside the classroom
  • understand that there is a range of different tikanga (see Tikanga guidelines) throughout New Zealand and the importance of respecting, sharing, protecting, and celebrating them, and gain an appreciation of tikanga in their local community
  • explore and understand the relationship between people, cultural traditions, the natural environment, and the values of mana whenua (power from the land), mana atua (power from the spiritual powers), and mana tangata (power from people)
  • experience fun in learning through movement – laughter, playfulness, mischievousness, and exhilaration in physical activity are important aspects of te ao kori
  • explore, create, and perform their expressions of te ao kori in dance, music, and visual art.

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