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PODCAST: Raising Aotearoa – the emerging realities of multiple diversities (Part 1 & Part 2)

October 6, 2014

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Part 1: Providing a parent’s perspective on the identities, languages, cultures of their children who are of Māori and Pasifika descent. Highlighting the challenges of navigating Māori and Pasifika learners on their educational journeys by focusing on who they are and how they articulate their values.

‘Teachers of kids like mine need to learn to understand their worlds, talk to their parents and whānau and think about how their cultures, languages and identities shape the individuals they are – every child comes from a different background and this can inform their learning in the classroom.’ Shannon – parent of two Pasifika children.

Part 2: Teanau continues his discussion with Shannon on parenting Pasifika/Māori/European children. Shannon encourages teachers to learn a simple phrase from all Pasifika cultures to help engage with children. “For our children to participate and engage in their cultures we need to be emerged in them. So when there are birthdays, weddings, lunches, Sunday School activities, cultural community days, deaths of loves ones, cultural days at school i.e. Samoan Independance Day, Matariki – we make sure our kids attend and we go as a family – parents need to be leading by example, when they see Mum & Dad doing fekaus (jobs) they can see what is expected.” Shannon Vulu.

Contact: Manu Faaea-Semeatu, CORE Education (


Shannon Vulu, Teanau Tuiono


Primary, Secondary, School leaders, General


Family, whānau, community, Pasifika education, Professional learning