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Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou ka ora ai te iwi

With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive

This whakatauki represents the importance of community and collaboration. Everybody has something to offer, a taonga, and by working together, drawing on our strengths, we all flourish.

Te Rourou Whai Hua establishes the purpose of the food basket – to be fruitful and productive. This rourou is about gathering the sweet fruit. The fruit that will nourish and sustain us. We will have what we need in our rourou so together we can work towards positive and equitable outcomes for all ākonga.

This video will give you an overview of Te Rourou Whai Hua, its purpose and ways to navigate.


Some kupu / words that are used throughout Te Rourou:

Kaiako - teachers, educators in early learning, primary and secondary settings

Ākonga and mokopuna - children, young people, learners

Whānau - family, caregivers, significant adults in children’s lives

Tikanga - customary system of values, practices, cultures and etiquette

Kawa - more formal protocols and practices

Mahi - the work and activities people do

Cluster - groups of schools and early learning centres, education settings in a community, Kāhui Ako, regional learning support groupings of schools and early learning


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