Applying Tuakana-Teina in your practice

Event Details

24 March 2022

12:15 - 1:15pm


$50 + GST Register

Workshop details

This workshop is one of a series of seven. For information on the other workshops in this series, please see Applying Māori Cultural Capability.  

Tuakana-Teina (Older-Younger)

Tuakana-Teina is a traditional Māori cultural philosophy and practice; also literally referring to the relationship between an older and younger sibling or close family members like cousins.

Adapted for adult education, Tuakana-Teina has gained new meanings when describing the relationship between 'experienced-inexperienced', or 'trained-untrained' people. Depending on the context, the educator can become a learner, and at times the learner can assume the educator role. 

Topics covered

  • The concept of Tuakana-Teina (Older-Younger) as a traditional Māori cultural philosophy and practice.
  • How the concept can be adapted for contemporary adult contexts.

Learning outcomes  

At the end of this workshop participants will have: 

  • deeper insights into the nature of Tuakana-Teina as a traditional Māori cultural philosophy
  • deeper insights into Tuakana-Teina as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology
  • responded to some activities relating to Tuakana-Teina.

Who is this workshop for? 

This workshop is for people who are seeking to expand their understanding and practice of Tuakana-Teina as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology. For more experienced tertiary practitioners and educators, this workshop will deepen their understanding of Tuakana-Teina (for the ‘Tapatoru’ Professional Standards Framework – Papa tuarua me Papa tuatoru/Levels 2 and 3).

About the facilitators


Mei Winitana

 Kia ora tātou katoa! He uri ahau i ngā iwi katoa o te waka o Mataatua, Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana, me Taranaki Whānui ki Waiwhetu. Tihei mauriora!  

Mei is Kaiwhakahaere Māori Cultural Capability at Ako Aotearoa, with extensive experience in the adult education sector. As a researcher, a resource developer and an experienced workshop facilitator, she works in several collaborative projects focusing on literacy, numeracy, and cultural capability for tertiary practitioners and educators; co-designing of iwi/tribal training and education plans; cultural strategic planning with organisations; development of a suite of Māori cultural capability resources with digital badges.


Liza Kohunui

Ko Te Arawa me Tūhoe ōku iwi, Ko Lisa Kohunui ahau!

Liza is currently the Literacy/Numeracy Co-ordinator for foundation level courses at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She is also one of a group of workshop facilitators contracted by Ako Aotearoa. With extensive experience in the tertiary sector, Liza has delivered programmes with the Department of Corrections and at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Ako Aotearoa badges 

Participants can earn Ako Aotearoa digital badges as evidence of participation and completion of workshop requirements.