Title slide: What do you want teachers to know about your child?
Mary Jane Kauraka-Seiuli, Te Punanga o Te Reo Kuki Airani, Wellington
Children playing outside at the centre
That he’s unique, and that he loves community, he loves family. We have a very humble culture, very humble beginnings. And it's not all about educating the child, it’s about nurturing. At the end of the day it's all about love, you know.
Mary Jane Kauraka-Seiuli, Te Punanga o Te Reo Kuki Airani, Wellington, facing camera
If you can get a child to learn that they are loved and that it sort of reciprocates, so that when... I hope that when he transitions to school, that he fosters everyone around him that he loves them, he cares about them and their wellbeing. Because if you think about today with mental health, you know, our children are growing up and they're suffering and they don’t know how to sort of… regulate themselves, if you know what I mean. So I'm thinking that if I set my son in a language nest where he learns that everyone around him is loved, that he feels love, then he's going to grow up to know that he's got a support system no matter what obstacle he goes with through life.
Sene Kelisianom, Parent, Matiti Akoga Kamata (ECE), Wellington
Group of ECE students
I understand that there's opportunities for Pacific students to participate in some extracurricular activities or some cultural type activities within the school. It should be encouraged for them to participate.
Sene Kelisianom, Parent, Matiti Akoga Kamata (ECE), Wellington, facing camera
And thinking about culture as part of their wellbeing and not separating it out as an add-on kind of thing. Because if you treat the child as a whole, in their cultural identity and what they feel is added value to them in order to thrive and also grow into the person we would like them to become as an adult. It should be part of, it should be encouraged in the school environment after Akoga Kamata. That's what I would like for my children.