- The Treaty of Waitangi constituted the partnership between the Māori tribes and the British Crown representing all non-Māori settlers (te iwi Māori me nga ope tauiwi).
- This partnership relationship continues.
- The College and its wider Newlands community acknowledges the privileges and obligations arising from that partnership, particularly the need for the partners to demonstrate respect and behave equitably. (Refer POL. 1.1.2 Equity)
- The College aims to foster that partnership by providing a learning environment that respects and involves Māori culture and language so that, through mutual respect and understanding, all students can develop self-confidence in both cultures.
- Governance policies, management documents and plans must contain a statement about the implementation of the Rationale.
- Appropriate resources shall be made available to implement the Rationale.
- Staff training in tikanga Māori shall be undertaken.
- Tikanga Māori shall include matters arrived at through consultation and negotiation between staff and tangata whenua.
- The day to day functioning of the College’s organisation shall demonstrate a recognition and use of aspects of tikanga Māori by:
- the use of te reo Māori
- providing facilities sympathetic to Māori values
- by the College’s general attitude
- All staff shall give recognition to the needs of Māori learners, including diverse ways of teaching.
- The Principal shall institute Procedures pursuant to this Policy.
Appendix: Extracts from Selected Statutes
Treaty of Waitangi Act, State Sector Act, Human Right