Hongihongi te Wheiwheiā
Inhale the unusual
Is the most challenging Te Kurahuna principle of ‘embracing a culture of feedback.’ It speaks to continually striving to do better. Specifically, practitioners are urged to constantly seek feedback from whānau and their colleagues on their performance in the journey of providing care and support and to be especially open and responsive to negative feedback.
Promote a Culture of Feedback
Ka mā te Ariki, ka mā te Tauira
As the teacher is enriched, so too is the student
This Mahi a Atua principle is taken from a Te Kurahuna karakia. This ‘active learning’ principle encourages us to be responsive to each other and to our environment. As we learn to be open to other perspectives we grow our ability to expand our thinking. An active learner embraces feedback and adjusts their behaviours accordingly. The ariki, seen as the teacher, is actively learning in the presence of the student, while the student is open to learning from the teacher.
Remain an Active Learner
Tēnei te Pō, Nau mai te Ao
Coming in from the dark, welcoming the light
Is taken from a karakia of Te Kurahuna. It encourages the transfer of mātauranga Māori learning into everyday professional and personal life and its conceptual translation is ‘Indigenise your space’. This principle drives the objective of introducing a Māori perspective into daily and professional life and thereby mitigating the effects of institutional racism – privileging ‘mātauranga Māori’ rather than the more deficit-based ‘culturally appropriate’ services model.
Indigenise Your Space