Te Awheonui: Who We Are

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Who We Are


Te Āwheonui, the Centre for Professional Learning and Development, exemplifies Kaupapa Māori values and principles as a way of being. We are committed to realising equitable outcomes for all by unlocking potential. Our pedagogy is based on developing purposeful relationships of interdependence; creating contexts for continuous learning where partnership and collaboration is both valued and enacted.

Understanding Our Name

Te Āwheonui We have drawn on Te Āwheonui as a metaphor to exemplify who we are and how we engage in Professional Learning and Development with schools, Kura and Kāhui Ako at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiārangi. If you were to look up Āwheo in the dictionary, you would find the words Halo or roundabout. In discussion with Māori scholars and cultural advisors at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi we draw on Te Āwheonui as an expansive swirling vortex. This swirling, virtuous vortex has the capacity to draw into itself multiple connections enabling and developing better outcomes for our communities. Māori Students are at the centre of Te Āwheonui, and the concept of unlimited potential and the never-ending search for higher knowledge is represented. The analogy is that Māori students are nurtured and guided by whānau, teachers and the community. The complexity and interconnectedness of relationships for learning are also reflected in the vortex imagery.