Brenda Soutar - Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa
Brenda is Kaiārahi to REANZ. In this role she provides cultural advice and guidance.
Brenda has been interested in the Reggio Emilia educational experience since the late 90s. This approach has stretched her thinking about the role of educational settings as political places where cultural values and ethics are visible. At Mana Tamariki, a Māori immersion school in Palmerston North for infants to Y13, Brenda has led some of the thinking in relation to the Reggio experience. This has included the situating of learning within a relevant cultural context that reflects the values of the people for whom it exists and the place where it stands.
Our 2018 National Hui and Beyond
by Chris Bayes
We had been looking forward to our National REANZ hui since the idea was first suggested for us to meet in June at Mana Tamariki in Palmerston North. Brenda Soutar has been giving us guidance for many years with all things Māori. She is our Kaiārahi and provides guidance in regards to tikanga and kaupapa Māori and we always appreciate the wisdom that she shares with us. Brenda’s mana is admired by us all and we hold her in high esteem.
When you wake up each morning, you don’t know what will be revealed. the new day can bring joy, challenges and surprises. Like a book turning another page, you never know what is going to be revealed. Our day together in chilly Palmerston North were all of these.
The REANZ Trustees present were Wendy (Chairperson), Julianne (Treasurer), Helen (Secretary), Lorraine (International Representative), Prue, Lis, Chris, Glenys, Bridgette and apologies from Lesley and Diti. The Regional REANZ Networks were ably represented. We had Cheryl Kingi from Te Tai Tokerau, Sarah Jones from Auckland, Suz Clare from Manawatu, Adrienne Wilkins from Taranaki, Sharon Sciascia and Steff Kidd from Hawkes Bay, Rachel Denee from Wellington, Lia de Vocht from Christchurch and Pam Wilson from Southland. We were also pleased to have our Patron Anne Meade join us for the weekend.