through an innovative educational organisation using a kaupapa Māori approach to release the potential of Māori learners and their whānau
"Ko Heretaunga Haukunui, Ararau, Hāro te Kāhu, Takoto Noa Heretaunga"
Heretaunga of life-giving dew, of a hundred pathways, the beauty of which can only be seen through the eyes of the hawk, left to us, the humble servants.
“Ko Heretaunga Haukunui, Ararau, Hāro te Kāhu, Takoto Noa” is a centuries old tribal whakataukī (proverb) that is central to the kaupapa of Inspire in Education. It has many layers from which to identify and describe the tāngata whenua (people of the land), acknowledging Māori and their spiritual connection and birthplace of Heretaunga, the environment, and their relationship to each other, and as such is the framework for Inspire in Education Charitable Trusts kaupapa.
Inspire In Education Charitable Trust since 2016
Inspire In Education Limited is a Charitable Trust CC54393. IIE was founded in Dec 2016, by matua Conrad Waitoa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu.
Our mahi is servicing the needs of Māori learners by creating pathways for young people (aged 10-15) who are in education through a range of professional learning and development services to assist schools with Māori cultural competence standards and Māori curriculum design.
Inspire In Education (IIE)is our response to the need to build up a generation of confident, capable and engaged rangatahi Māori in education throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand. IIE, works alongside schools and training institutions to provide a wraparound service for young people.
Our role is to teach and facilitate life skills, health and physical, outdoor education and connect tauira, student to their whakapapa | Connect them to their dreams and aspirations.
Kowaiko?Who are you?
No waikoe? Where do you come from?
E haere ana koe ki hea?Where are you heading?
Inspire In Education Students are students transitioning from Primary to Intermediate then onto High School. Inspire In Education Ambassadors is our ambassador programme.
Inspire In Education Mentors connect business and professionals with our Māori students.
Inspire In Life is suicide and self harm prevention programme.
Inspire In Education Professional Development we also facilitate PLD workshops for schools and corporations, local businesses and semi to professional sports teams.
Our strategic objectives are:
To have Māori participate and succeed at all levels of learning and support the delivery of Māori language, culture & identity in the classroom.
Provide schools with evidence-based advice to lift Māori student achievement and assist with wraparound services for students at risk of underachievement
Fostering successful partnerships with parents, whānau, hapū, iwi, communities, and businesses focused on educational success for Māori
Our aspirations are:
All students achieving their academic potential to lead successful and productive lives as citizens.
For all Māori students to feel safe and included, and able to learn as Māori and provide a learning environment that is attractive to and supportive of Māori and facilitates their success.
For Māori learners to succeed in their programmes, and pathway onto higher qualifications where appropriate
Whānau are engaged in te aō Māori and te aō whānui to achieve their aspirations.
Whānau are leading healthy lifestyles.
Whānau are self-managing and empowered leaders and then participating fully in society.
Whānau and families confidently participate in Te āo Māori.
How will we know we have been successful? When;
Māori learner retention rates are at least equal to those of non-Māori, for all levels of Qualification
Māori participate at each level, at least reflecting the proportion of Māori within all iwi.
Māori learner successful course completion rates are at least those of non-Māori, for all levels of qualification, therefore Māori with higher level qualifications are more likely to be employed and earn higher incomes.
Statements that may be born from the stats;
Māori boys don’t like writing
Māori boys find writing too hard
Māori boys are disengaged in learning
Māori boys misbehave and distract others
Māori boys have a bad attitude and/or a closed mindset
Māori boys have a poor work ethic
Māori boys get little or no support at home
Now, it might be that some or none of these statements are true for our Māori boys. BUT, our wondering is this: How do we know? What’s the story behind your data?
Welcome to Inspire In Education. Join us, as we unpack the data and give as many of our Māori learners "A gift to a good Start"
Inspire In Education Founder
Tuhia ki te rangi Tuhia ki te whenua Tuhia ki te ngākau ō ngā tangata Ko te mea nui Ko te aroha Tihei Mauri Ora
Ko Hikurangi, ko Rangitoto ngā maunga
Ko Waiapu, ko Makeretu ngā awa
Ko Horouta, ko Takitimu ngā waka
Ko Putaanga, ko Rakautatahi ngā marae
Ko Ngāti Putaanga, ko Ngāti Marau ngā hapū
Ko Ngāti Porou, ko Ngāti Kahungunu, ko Ngāi Tahu ngā iwi
I tipu ake ahau Tiki Tiki
No Ngāti Porou ahau
Kei Maungawharau ahau e noho ana E ngākau nui ana ahau i te mahi kaiako
I te taha o tōku papa ko tēnei tōku whakapapa
Ka moe a Wi Paraire Rangihuna ia Te Wai Nepia ōku tīpuna Ka puta ko Henare Waitoa
Ka moe a Kohai Karaka ia Peti Campbell ōku tīpuna Ka puta ko Amiria Karaka
Ka moe a Henare Waitoa ia Amiria Karaka ōku tīpuna Ka puta ko Togi Waitoa I te taha o tōku mama ko tēnei tōku whakapapa
Conrad Waitoa is my name. I’ve inherited the mana and dignity of my genealogy. My mountains stand proudly as the my rivers ripple gently past. My marae have the reverences and warmth that allows me to be proud of my hapū and to stand tall amongst my iwi.
Our Inspire In Education logo, was proudly designed by 5 gifted Māori tauira (learners) from Havelock North Intermediate School in Hawkes Bay, Aotearoa.
Our superstars are pictured below, to Mātua Conrad Waitoa right are Sophie (Year 7), Tyler, Jason, Tiaho, Dayton all in Year 8.
Founder, Mātua Conrad Waitoa, wanted the rangatahi to create and to be part of the design process. After a kōrero explaining the kaupapa of Inspire In Education, the students were set the task of creating and then presenting their ideas to the rōpū (group). With the guidance and support from Jamie Twigg and his experienced team at 543 Design, based in Napier, Hawkes Bay, we were able to take the best of the free hand, computer generated logo designs and narrow down to 3 possible. Before finalising, we sought advice from our kaumātua Tom Mulligan, Papa, Togi Waitoa and Nanny Mary Waitoa
The Koru represents Inspire In Educations growth and new beginnings and sit behind the Taonga.
The Taonga represents the tauira (students) and whānau (family). This represents the fostering and support of strong relationships and well-being.