Kia Tau te Rangimarie
"Ko te piko o te mahuri, tērä te tipu o te räkau"
The way in which the young sappling is nurtured (bent), determines how it will grow
We desire that our children grow to their ultimate potential, be successful in their education and all pursuits in life, to attain a high level of health and well-being.
Conflict occurs every day, influencing our lives and well-being (either improving or most commonly hindering our growth) depending on how we deal with it.
Kia Tau Te Rangimarie is a Māori Conflict Resolution Programme enabling tamariki to learn useful skills in order to communicate effectively and resolve conflict constructively, such as:
- gaining awareness of characteristic response to conflict
- developing vocabulary and structures to express yourself effectively
- developing empathy and listening with understanding
- learning a process for enabling self-lead solutions
Kia Tau Te Rangimarie incorporates the learning and development of these skills from a tikanga Maori perspective. This includes:
- learning about Māori customary methods of conflict resolution and the modern equivalent of mediation
- illustrating the benefits from a Hauora Māori perspective with emphasis on te taha wairua (spiritual dimension) and taha whānau (social dimension) and reinforcing this through principles of Te Aho Matua such as manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tapu.
- Strengthening the tuakana-teina relationships
- Developing greater leadership skills and qualities
"E tipu e rea mō ngā rā o tōu ao
Ko tō ringa ki te rākau a te Pākeha, hei ara mō tō tinana
Ko tō ngākau ki ngā taonga ā ō tīpuna Māori, hei tikitiki mō tō māhunga
Ko tō wairua ki te Atua, nānā nei ngā mea katoa."
This proverb quoted by the prominent Māori leader Apirana Ngata, illustrates the belief that in order for Māori development to continue, western philosophies and ideas need to be accepted and adopted, whilst at the same time Māori need to acknowledge and embrace their whakapapa (ancestry and geneology) and retain their identity. It also attempts to capture the essence of what it means to be bicultural in New Zealand. Finally, it ackowledges our link back to the spiritual realm of our God, the ultimate creator of all things.
The programme takes a holistic approach to indigenous conflict resolution. It is offered to full immersion Māori schools (Kura Kaupapa Maori) and schools with high Māori population.
Mehemea e āhuareka ana tēnei hōtaka ki a koe / if you are interested in the programme or would like to find out more about Kia Tau Te Rangimarie or/and you wish to book a training date, please send an email to Cherie Mangu (Kia Tau Te Rangimarie programme co-ordinator) email@example.com or phone the Peace Foundation on 09 373 2379.