Kia Ora, Nau Mai Haere Mai! Welcome to Te Kohanga Reo,
Te Kohanga Reo – Poihakena (Sydney) is part of the language revitalisation movement that was started in Aotearoa (New Zealand) by Maori in the early 1980s. The Australian movement positions itself as Indigenous ethnic migrants, who are culturally and linguistically diverse New Zealand Maori.
The translation of Te Kohanga Reo is The Language Nest and is an alternative education movement for New Zealand Maori and other interested peoples. Traditionally the focus in Aotearoa was in early childhood education, whilst here in Australia we have diversified our programs to accommodate all age groups.
Te Kohanga Reo is a movement that is interested in inter-cultural, inter-faith, and inter-organisational activities, and that has a heart for social justice. The Te Kohanga Reo curriculum and pedagogy provides a learning space to the akonga (student) to experience and to be immersed in the being of Maori. This learning space has the powerful potential to build identity, well being and belonging. It also aids the prevention of Maori disengaging; or even rejecting the existing educational systems offered today. Being connected to the educational system through Te Kohanga Reo creates a stronger sense of belonging between the akonga to their culture, language and arts but also to their extended Maori community.