Kia Aroha College Warrior Scholars
Here is some feedback to the 2017 Kia Aroha College Warrior Researchers from the NZARE community in response to the blog series “Beyond Māori boys’ writing: Reading and writing our WORLD”
Ka nui te mihi ki a Koutou e nga tama toa me nga wahine toa no Te Whanau o Tapuranga
me Te Fanau Pasifika o Te Wharekura o Kia Aroha.
Malo le tau, malo le fai o le faiva! Malo lava le galue! You give us hope for the future of
young brown scholars and warrior researchers. I’ll be using your blogs to teach the teachers!
Vinaka vaka levu,
Dr. Rae Si‘ilata, University of Auckland (Associate Dean Pasifika)
Past co-leader of NZARE Pasifika Caucus
Just reread the Warrior Researchers’ blogs – such powerful analysis of the systemic
ingrained racism of our education system deserves a wide audience. As I was reading them
just now I was hoping Hekia Parata might read them so that she could see how poor,
misguided and even harmful her government’s policies were. And, just as I did when I first
heard the Warrior Researchers present this material at the NZARE conference last year, I felt
excited to think that these students are our next generation of leaders, in education and
more widely across our society. What amazing pieces of research they have done, and how
succinctly and eloquently presented! And what important messages for teachers, for others
students, for education academics and researchers, and for our education policy-makers!
Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie, Victoria University of Wellington
I am thrilled to tell you that the school my daughter (5) is about to start attending is using
your work and Ann’s as the basis of their professional development and staff inquiry this
year. At their two-day professional development before term 1 started, they watched Ann’s
uLearn keynote and read her blog about white privilege. Since then they have read your
series and have been deeply challenged by the ideas you and Ann have highlighted. I believe
strongly in what you are doing and what you have to say, and I’m excited to see it having an
impact on my own daughter’s schooling career. I will watch your careers develop with much
interest and will never forget attending your NZARE 2017 presentation. Be proud of your
mahi and very best wishes for continuing to change the world!
Dr Katrina McChesney, Massey University
NZARE national council
As a teacher who has been in different pedagogical settings with very differing philosophies
for nearly 20 years it was so refreshing to hear research put so plainly (from the mouths of
babes so to say). The questions posed were so relevant for us as teachers that I wish ALL
teachers would read this, in fact why can’t they. Questioning systems, policies and
governments is EXACTLY what we need, and from the mouths of those oppressed by these
systems gives real hope for the future. Kia kaha rā, kia ū, kia mau.
Teacher, Manukura Secondary
This series is brilliant, thank you for sharing. As a teacher this perspective is invaluable, may
we all rise to the challenges you offer. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series ... it continues
to challenge my thinking and get me really reflecting on what I do as a teacher. I have read
them all and it has been brilliant for me as a teacher to reflect on my own practice ... so
much more to learn and aspire to. I really appreciate hearing these warrior researchers
sharing their world view. Stunning mahi! So much to think about, learn more about. Thank
you for sharing.
Meg Gallagher, Palmerston Primary School
Thanks for sharing, it’s been great reading. Awesome research by the students, I found it so
interesting to read & has given me a lot to think about for my own practice.
Paula Rooney, teacher
A huge thank you to you all, from the bottom of my heart. I am a very stereotypical white
middle class woman teacher (English mum, NZ via Italy and Scotland dad) and it's so
massively important that teachers like myself have some insights into WHAT MATTERS for
you as Maori and Pasifika students. Hearing your voices really made me think. This series of
blogs should be compulsory reading for all teachers. One of the best pieces of work I've read
in years. I especially like the way you have tied much of your work around things that
teachers are familiar with, eg COLs, and the language that we are familiar with. You
(collectively) make such important points about your lives, your aspirations, your goals... it's
easy, I think, for teachers to forget that our role is that of service to you, you are the most
important part of our role. You have given me the gift of your insights and for that I thank
you, most humbly: Mā te rongo, ka mōhio; Mā te mōhio, ka mārama; Mā te mārama, ka
mātau; Mā te mātau, ka ora.
Madelaine Willcocks, Auckland
This is an excellent blog that totally challenges what many of us have been emersed into
I whole heartidly agree that it's not why are our Maori and Pacific students failing it's why
are we failling them! So many times we hear that statement....and so often NOTHING
Thank you for sharing, thank you for doing this research and thank you for challenging the
'system' that so many don't!!
💙Mauruuru koe mo tou mohio 💙
Kim Noovao, Apii Te Uki Ou School, Rarotonga
Thank you for your honest and thoughtful perspectives. You're helping us (teachers) to
understand your struggles and successes!
Sarah Hey, teacher
Great work by our tamariki. I am really overwhelmed with the mana they have. They are
true future rangatira.
Cleonie Whyte, deputy principal
These are the arguments I’ve had all along. Had this model been a true Community of
Practice rather than the Community of Learning I think it would have stood a greater chance
of success. CoPs are about everyone owning and constructing the learning together based
on what their own learning needs are and those of their students. CoLs seem to be driven by
a different agenda.
Justine Hughes, former deputy principal / doctoral student, University of Otago
Wow. Very thought provoking and eye opening. Very interesting. Amazing young people.
The ‘Fish don’t see water’ analogy was like a light switch for me. Brilliantly pieced together.
Tash Dunne, teacher