Faculty of Education and Social Work


Critical Studies in Education Te Kura O te Kōtuinga Akoranga Mātauranga

Te Kura o te Kōtuinga Akoranga Mātauranga

Nau mai, haere mai.
Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Ia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni sa bula, Namaste.
Greetings to you in the languages of your communities.

Critical Studies in Education engages in teaching, research and practice centred on a common theme: the place of education and its transformative potential in New Zealand society, the Pacific region and the world.

Manu Tukutuku o Tangaroa  

It is te po rua - the long night
Tangaroa takes his message to Ranginui
he will visit his father, rising as Hinewai’s mist
On the wings of Manu Tukutuku
I nga wa o mua, we must remember
We must teach our tamariki
It is the past which will guide our future
Gather up the bloodlines
Fight for them, as gulls would
Reclaim them, pull them from
the dark recesses, our bones, our teeth
As dawn alights internal middens
quietly wait to be transformed into Taonga

Penny Howard
Poole, D & Howard, P. (2009). Atārangi Whenua – Shadow Land. Poems of the exhibition. blackmailpress books, Auckland, New Zealand.

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