Nga Tapuwae - The Pedagogy of Reggio Emilia through a Maori lens
A reflection by Elizabeth Battersby
Dr Monty and Brenda Soutar’s presentation was deeply moving and inspiring. Monty and Brenda are of Ngati Porou and Ngati Awa descent and are brother and sister. Monty is currently a Senior Historian at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage with special responsibility for coordinating the 28th Māori Battalion website project. He is also a guardian of the Alexander Turnbull Library. Brenda is the Kaitiaki of Te Kōhanga Reo at Mana Tamariki, a total-immersion Te reo Māori educational setting in Palmerston North, for children from birth to Y13. Established in 1990, Mana Tamariki has been serving and enriching the life of its urban, multi-tribal community for over 20 years. Recently, Brenda contributed towards the 2013 publication, Understanding the Te Whariki Approach; Early Years Education in Practice, co-written with Wendy Lee, Linda Mitchell and Margaret Carr.