Non-Māori Teachers Teaching Māori Language In English Medium Primary Schools (PhD, 2020)

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Alice Patrick’s Story

In this video, Alice Patrick relates how her life has been significantly shaped by people and events in te ao Māori (the Māori world) – hence her longstanding passion for te reo Māori. Because of the added richness this special dimension has brought, she encourages other non-Māori to embrace the language and culture – so that they too may see another world view.  She talks about the significance of the hieke (flax cloak) that she was presented on leaving Te Puni Kokiri. She uses this cloak as a metaphor for all of us working together to ensure the survival of the Māori language.

Alice Patrick and Kapa Haka

Kapa haka : Te Konohete 2017

Alice is a member of the Ministry of Education's kapa haka. In this concert at Pipitea Marae (2017), the group chose to perform some items associated with Taranaki iwi – specifically ‘He Pikinga Poupou’ and ‘Kua Rangona’.


Kapa Haka : Te Konohete 2012

This clip demonstrates Alice Patrick’s love of kapa haka (Māori performing arts) – even though she is non-Māori. We see her performing with the Ministry of Education group at a concert in the Wellington Town Hall. Their bracket was specifically dedicated to ngā taonga puoro (traditional Māori musical instruments) – and the late Hirini Melbourne, an exponent thereof. The first item is an unrecorded waiata he composed for his grandchild Amokura.


Alice Patrick on Native Affairs, Māori TV

In her kōrero on Māori TV, Alice Patrick (a long-time student and teacher of te reo Māori) stresses the importance of passing on the language to our tamariki and mokopuna – to ensure its survival as a taonga and a living language.


Alice Patrick on Radio New Zealand : March 2016

This interview introduces Alice Patrick, a Pākehā who has been a teacher of te reo Māori for many years. She talks about how those seeds were sown from a young age – having emigrated to New Zealand from Scotland at the age of 10. She also acknowledges key people who influenced her journey in the Māori world – as a young university student and in her adult life. All these influences have led to her current role, helping other non-Māori teachers in schools and writing Māori language resources for them to use – in order to excite and engage our tamariki.

Passionate About Te Reo Māori


Supporting Māori language revitalisation in English medium schools 14.2.17

In this article, Alice points out that the learning of te reo can be a vehicle to success for our priority learners, too many of whom are Māori. She discusses how English medium teachers can become catalysts for change in the system – and contribute to the revitalisation of te reo Māori.


Benefits of learning Māori 16.5.17

Alice writes about the many benefits that ensue from learning Māori language – including: a sense of national identity; enhanced linguistic ability; knowledge of another culture; career opportunities; cognitive stimulation; and the ability to socialise in different contexts. of-learning- te-reo- maori/


Māori Language Resources for Teachers 22.8.17

In this article, Alice stresses the importance of quality resources for the teaching and learning of Māori language in English medium schools – to overcome teachers’ lack of confidence and their feelings of inadequacy. She introduces her new bilingual resources, Arahia Books, which she has developed specially for English medium primary schools.


Kapa haka in mainstream schools – Affirming Māori students as Māori - 21.11.17

Alice highlights the value of kapa haka in English medium schools, as a conduit for understanding Māori language and culture – and contributing to the revitalisation thereof. She emphasises its particular importance for Māori students, as a way for them to experience success as Māori.