Tikanga ā-rua

Bicultural Focus

We are a bicultural organisation, practicing tikanga and embedding te reo Māori into our daily mahi.

We have adopted an innovative way of working that enhances and celebrates the importance and uniqueness of New Zealand's bicultural heritage.

Our teaching programmes strongly reflect this way of working. Māori concepts and tikanga are woven throughout our programmes. They combine this knowledge with the best of international ECE practice.

Māori teaching staff lead the delivery of the bicultural components of our programmes.Each teaching base has Kaumātua and Kuia who advise on protocol and enhance the understanding of te ao Māori within the base community.  Teaching bases reflect the particular kawa of their region, undertaking practices in accordance with mana whenua.

The governance of RCNZ is supported by a National Kaumātua, Kaiwhakaheare and positions are reserved for Māori membership.