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Applying Ako in your practice | 21 Feb 2024 (CANCELLED)

Event Details

21 February 2024

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm


$50 +GST

Please note this workshop has been cancelled. A new workshop has been scheduled for 12 June 2024.

See our full calendar of professional learning opportunities for other available courses.

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 (learning/teaching)

Ako is a traditional Māori value and cultural practice that means both 'to learn' and 'to teach'. In this way, a kaiako/teacher is predominantly the teacher, but at times can be a learner, and an ākonga/learner is predominantly a learner, but can also be a teacher at times.

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.

Topics covered

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

Learning outcomes

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

  • recognise and describe Ako as a contemporary Māori value and cultural practice
  • identify and explore applications of Ako as appropriate in the workplace and/or in learning and teaching environments.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for people who are seeking to expand 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

Charmaine Tukua – 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 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, and adult literacy and numeracy. Charmaine has 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, and literacy and numeracy.

Dr Mei Winitana – Manager Mātauranga Māori

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 Mātauranga Māori 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 pathway

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

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