Growing Capability in the Takiwātanga Space

⚠️ Workshop Cancellation ⚠️

We’re sorry to announce the “Growing Iwi Capability in the Takiwātanga Space” workshop has been cancelled due to low registration. Apologies for any inconvenience, stay tuned for future events.

Do you work with tamariki or rangatahi who are takiwātanga?

Do you want to grow your knowledge base about takiwātanga?

Do you want to develop your knowledge and skills to effectively support takiwātanga tamariki and rangatahi in the classroom?

Are you a practitioner who will embrace the uniqueness of takiwātanga to inform your teaching practice?

Are you willing to change the misconceptions you have about those with takiwātanga?

Do you want to create an Iwi led takiwātanga initiative for whānau?

What is Takiwātanga?

Takiwātanga is a kupu that’s gaining momentum amongst Māori, but what do we know about Takiwātanga? Takiwātanga is the Māori word for Autism which is mana-enhancing and aligns with key principles from Te Ao Māori. Our aim is to build a disability knowledge base amongst iwi as a way of becoming self-reliant and using kaupapa Māori principles and tikanga ā iwi to guide and support whānau.

What will you learn?

  1. To build knowledge and understanding of takiwātanga and change the mindset of how we view takiwātanga.
  2. To build confidence to support whānau experiencing takiwātanga.
  3. To increase understanding of children’s rights in the context of education and the responsibilities of schools and services.
  4. To highlight the importance of advocacy, and the skills needed to understand the available supports in the education system.
  5. To plan and support effective transitions for ākonga from one educational environment to another.
taonga takiwatanga charitable trust

Taonga Takiwātanga Charitable Trust is a Tairāwhiti-based trust, specialising in the delivery of Takiwātanga Wānanga. Dorothy Taare-Smith, Ngāti Porou is lead facilitator, and has over 20 years experience in the disability sector. With a background in special education and disability advocacy, she presents on key points, relevant to successfully supporting taonga takiwātanga (people on the autism spectrum) and their whānau, in the classroom and community environment.

In partnership with Te Mahau, Taonga Takiwātanga Charitable Trust will work alongside Iwi-led education, alternative education, and attendance service providers to strengthen knowledge base about best practice approaches to supporting takiwātanga rangatahi and tamariki.

Join us to change misconceptions about takiwātanga and create an Iwi-led initiative for whānau. Register below today.