Kauri Treaty in action


Our Kauri tamariki have been working hard on developing and demonstrating our classroom Treaty values within their play and learning. Values such as manaakitanga, aroha and becoming a kaitiaki are important to us all here as these are reflected through our centre philosophy, curriculum, and the learning opportunities provided to all our tamariki. 

Learning how to play and work alongside others, negotiate, problem solve and forming positive relationships are all skills and strategies each child will develop, strengthen and take with them throughout their whole learning journey. 

  • Manaakitanga (Respect and Hospitality): Te Whāriki Link: Strands such as Well-being (Mana Atua), Communication (Mana Reo), and Contribution (Mana Tangata) emphasize the importance of fostering positive relationships, secure attachments, showing respect, and caring for each other. 
  • Aroha (Love and Compassion): Te Whāriki Link: The Strand of Belonging (Mana Whenua) highlights the significance of creating an environment where children feel loved and connected. This connects to the concept of aroha and the emotional well-being of the child. 
  • Kaitiakitanga (Guardianship and Stewardship): Te Whāriki Link: Exploration (Mana Aotūroa) and Contribution (Mana Tangata) strands emphasize the exploration of the environment and the responsibility each child has as a contributor to their community. This aligns with the concept of kaitiakitanga. 
  • Cultural Competence: Te Whāriki Link: The Strand of Contribution (Mana Tangata) emphasizes cultural competence and the recognition of the diversity of cultures in New Zealand. 

This aligns with the concept of incorporating Treaty values and respecting the cultural backgrounds of all children. 

By integrating these values and skills into our Kauri Treaty, centre priorities and curriculum and teaching practice, we are not only aligning with the principles of Te Whāriki but also creating a connection to the Te Tiriti o Waitangi values that walk alongside us every day - Protection, Partnership and Participation.