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Kua takoto te maanuka: Te tiimatanga o teetahi Kura Kaupapa Maaori

There is a paucity of literature on the establishment of new schools, and more particularly, the establishment of Kura Kaupapa Maaori. In addition, there is even less literature concerning the experiences and perspectives of whaanau and hapuu within Kaupapa Maaori initiatives. This thesis, therefore, illustrates the experience of a whaanau in the establishment of their Kura Kaupapa Maaori. The assertion within this thesis is that there are unique issues and challenges that Maaori communities encounter when pursuing the establishment of a Kura Kaupapa Maaori. Furthermore, a key factor in the success of establishing and sustaining the school is in the leadership. Thus, the cognisance of Kaupapa Maaori and the development of Kura Kaupapa Maaori are explored. In addition, the key characteristics, roles and responsibilities of Maaori leadership both within the wider community and within schools are explored. This case study included an interview with the Principal, and several focus group interviews with parents, staff and students of the new Kura Kaupapa who were involved with the school’s establishment during its first three years. In 2013, in its eleventh year, the school was identified as one of the top five successful Kura Kaupapa Maaori. The findings of this research will assist whaanau and leaders within schools to develop an understanding and appreciation of five key issues and challenges that a new school may face, and avenues that may take to address these.
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Douglas, V. G. (2014). Kua takoto te maanuka: Te tiimatanga o teetahi Kura Kaupapa Maaori (Thesis, Master of Educational Leadership (MEdLeadership)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/8698
University of Waikato
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