Theme A Equity and Inclusion

A10: Niho Taniwha

Author: Dr Melanie Riwai-Couch

In this Leaders’ Connect hui recording from 25 August 2022, Dr Melanie Riwai-Couch (Rangitāne o Wairau, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō) discusses her book Niho Taniwha and shares her whakaaro on improving teaching and learning for ākonga Māori.

  1. What does cultural competence mean to you?
  2. What do you think a culturally responsive school leader does? How do they prepare to lead? How do they engage with their staff, whānau and ākonga?
  3. What difference does it make to ākonga if their school leaders are culturally competent?