The ARP is a five-week programme focused on encouraging students to use our indigenous Māori language in the community, whilst developing their interpersonal and public speaking skills through culturally inclusive practises. The project is designed to support the curriculum documents – Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa learning objectives of the Māori language.
Over the course of five weeks, students will spend one hour each week in their school learning te reo Māori skills and knowledge which they will then take out to the community for a one hour public session teaching basic Māori words and phrases to the public. The students partner with one of three businesses/community organisations who have volunteered to be a part of this project and through these partnerships, the students are empowered by educating the wider community about te Reo me ōna tikanga (Māori language and culturally inclusive practises). The students also provide free healthy food packs of fruits and vegetables to members of the public as an incentive for giving the Māori language a go.
Staff from surrounding local businesses that partner with these students attend five professional development sessions to better familiarise themselves with te reo Māori me ōna tikanga. This enables them to support the students in their engagement with the general public and facilitate the expansion of te reo Māori speaking domains in the community.
The end of the project is celebrated through a special hauora (health and wellbeing) event and assembly. Health and wellbeing providers are invited to facilitate in a series of fun workshops while using the Māori language in their interactions with students and staff. The finale is a special assembly showcasing the successes of the programme followed by a healthy hangi with delicious salads.