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Mana whenua


Children and their families feel a sense of belonging.

Ko te whakatipuranga tēnei o te mana ki te whenua, te mana tūrangawaewae, me te mana toi whenua o te tangata.


Belonging | Children know they belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.

Mana whenua | Children’s relationship to Papatūānuku is based on whakapapa, respect, and aroha.


Children and their families experience an environment where:

  • connecting links with the family and the wider world are affirmed and extended
  • they know that they have a place
  • they feel comfortable with the routines, customs and regular events
  • they know the limits and boundaries of acceptable behaviour.

Learning outcomes

Over time and with guidance and encouragement, children become increasingly capable of:

  • making connections between people, places and things in their world | te waihanga hononga
  • taking part in caring for this place | te manaaki i te taiao
  • understanding how things work here and adapting to change | te mārama ki te āhua o ngā whakahaere me te mōhio ki te panonishowing respect for kaupapa, rules and the rights of others | te mahi whakaute.

The resources in this section support kaiako in weaving this strand into their local curriculum.