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Applying Ako in your practice - Advanced (POSTPONED)

Event Details

Please note there are no dates currently available for this course, but new dates will be added throughout the year.

See our other Māori Cultural Capability courses, or our full calendar of professional learning opportunities.


$50 +GST

Learn strategies for applying Māori values and methodologies in your practice.

Workshop details

This workshop is one of a series of seven. Watch a short video introduction to the series, or find out more and book other workshops here.

Ako is a traditional Māori value and cultural practice that means both 'to learn' and 'to teach'. Conceptualised as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology in tertiary education, ako is similar to the reciprocal learning and teaching methodology. This practice occurs between people who are sharing skills and knowledge. In this way, a kaiako is a teacher, and an ākonga is a learner.

In this advanced workshop, we dive deeper into the Ako practice side by applying Bloom’s (1954) questioning techniques/ levels of thinking. We will examine some question starters that enhance the Ako teaching and learning methodology.

Topics covered

  • Ako as a traditional Māori value and cultural practice.
  • Ako as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology.
  • Some ways to apply question starters to the Ako methodology in your work practice.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • discuss Ako as a contemporary Māori learning and teaching methodology
  • apply Bloom’s questioning techniques to enhance Ako in learning and teaching, and as appropriate in the workplace.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for people who are seeking to expand and advance their understanding and practice of Ako as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology.

See other available course dates and options for the series.

About the facilitators

Peter Tahere – Lead facilitator

Ko Maungataniwha rāua ko Tongariro ōku maunga. Ko Hokianga rāua ko Taupō-nui-a-Tia ōku moana. Ko Ngāpuhi rāua ko Tūwharetoa ōku iwi.

Peter provides introductory professional learning and development to a cross section of tertiary, public and private sectors. He has extensive experience in education including review and evaluation within the early childhood and school sectors; iwi engagement projects including a secondment to the Tertiary Education Commission. Prior to that he worked in career education and development within the secondary, tertiary and private sectors.

Charmaine Tukua – Kaupapa Māori Facilitator

Charmaine Tukua – Kaupapa Māori Facilitator

Mauriora ki a tātou. Ko Taupiri, ko Aoraki ōku maunga. Ko Waikato, ko Waitaki ōku awa. Ko Tainui, ko Ngai Tahu ōku iwi. I tipu ake au ki Ōtautahi, Te Waipounamu.

Charmaine has been a Kai-Whakarite/Pouako at ARA – Te Pūkenga for 20+ years with experience in Kaupapa Māori and Adult Education sectors as a pouako, curriculum developer, programme reviewer, researcher, and a workshop facilitator.

Charmaine also works for Literacy Aotearoa and has had many roles as a professional learning developer, national trainer, assessor and moderator focusing on Māori Literacy, Literacy and Numeracy for adult educators. Charmaine has worked and facilitated workshops and programmes for many organisations with a passion and focus on Te Ao Māori, Kaupapa Māori, Mātauranga Māori, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Kaupapa Māori Research, Māori Mental Health, Literacy and Numeracy.

Charmaine joins our team here at Ako Aotearoa as part of our Māori Cultural Capability Team as a Kaupapa Māori Facilitator.

Dr Mei Winitana – Manager Māori Cultural Capability

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.

Ako Aotearoa badges

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

Māori Cultural Capability (MCC) pathway

After this workshop, participants can pursue the following options to continue their professional development:

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