Te Kura Māori o Porirua

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Kupu Glossary:

Kupu hei ako

Ako - To learn and to teach
Aroha - Love, feelings
Hapū - Subtribe
Iwi - Tribe
Mahi tahi - Working together
Manaakitanga - Hospitality
Mātauranga Māori - Māori knowledge
Te Reo Māori - Māori language
Te Wā - The time
Tikanga Māori - Māori customs and traditions


The tuakana–teina relationship, an integral part of traditional Māori society, provides a model for buddy systems. An older or more expert tuakana (brother, sister or cousin) helps and guides a younger or less expert teina (originally a younger sibling or cousin of the same gender). In a learning environment that recognises the value of ako, the tuakana–teina roles may be reversed at any time. For example, the student who yesterday was the expert on te wā and explained the lunar calendar may need to learn from her classmate today about how manaakitanga (hospitality) is practised by the local hapū. (http://tereomaori.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-guidelines/Teaching-and-learning-te-reo-Maori/Aspects-of-planning/The-concept-of-a-tuakana-teina-relationship) /Taina - Traditionally younger sibling of same gender - used in the sense above as an younger buddy Tuakana - Traditionally older sibling of the same gender - used in the sense above as an older buddy
Whanaungatanga - Relationships