Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is Mātauraka Mahaanui?

Mātauraka Mahaanui started as a Māori advisory board to the Ministry of Education after the Canterbury earthquakes. The board was appointed by the then Minister of Education, Hekia Parata.The purpose of Mātauraka Mahaanui is to guide education renewal in greater Christchurch and represent collective ‘mana whenua’, papatipu rūnanga, the Māori Community Leaders Forum and other Māori interests. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the ‘Treaty partner,’ has mandated this group to act on their behalf in the greater Christchurch area.

+ Who are the partners?

Mātauraka Mahaanui works within the takiwā (tribal area) of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Te Taumutu Rūnanga, Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, and Koukourarata Rūnanga. Mātauraka Mahaanui works in partnership with the Ministry of Education.

+ Does Mātauraka Mahaanui give advice on kawa and tikanga? If not who does?

Any guidance about kawa and tikanga is the domain of each local papatipu rūnanga. The Mana Whenua Facilitators can assist you with identifying which rūnanga you should engage with, if you do not already have a relationship with the appropriate rūnanga.

+ What are Mana Whenua Education Facilitators?

Mana Whenua Education Facilitators are employed by Mātauraka Mahaanui. They are available to assist ECE centres and schools. In general they prefer to work with Kāhui Ako or clusters of centres / schools.

+ Do Mana Whenua Education Facilitators provide translation services?

Mātauraka Mahaanui is not a translation service. Mana Whenua Education Facilitators support centres / schools with gifting of te reo Māori names for buildings and spaces (not translations of existing names). We can provide advice on who to contact.


Meet our Mana Whenua Facilitators here