Hereora Cultural Narrative
Cultural narratives are stories that help a community structure and assign meaning to its history and existence. Cultural narratives include creation stories, which tell a story about the community's origins, and fables, which help teach moral values and ethical behaviour.

During 2016 and 2017 our Hereora LCC have been working with Mana Whenua Education Facilitators Corban Te Aika and Dianne Collier.

They have been working in consultation with our Hereora Team to support and guide our cluster us as we focus on developing our: 
  • culturally responsive practice
  • student achievement and Māori learner outcomes
  • Māori language acquisition of both learners and staff
  • Hereora LCC cultural narrative
  • Hereora School and ECE cultural narratives 
  • place based teaching and learning.
Ideas and Considerations for Detailed Design and Naming for Hereora Cluster of Schools

Corban Te Aika and Dianne Collier are 
mana whenua education facilitators for Mātauraka Mahaanui and bring together people from education, rūnanga and community organisations to represent collective ‘mana whenua’ Papatipu Rūnanga and Māori interests. 

A key outcome of our work with them has been the development of the Hereora Cluster resources 'Ideas and considerations for detailed design and naming for Hereora Cluster of Schools'

This resource is a cultural narrative with a Ngāi Tūāhuriri perspective, and provides information and resources to provide an example of modern Māori learning environments and associated cultural identifiers.

The aim of this report is to assist in providing options for informing the naming and design of the ‘Hereora Cluster of Schools and Early Childhood Centres’ and its associated environments. 

It also aims to recognise our relationship with the Mana Whenua ‘Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri’ while providing relevant information on historical relationships with the area.

The document provides a review of initial ideas, along with background information on natural, cultural and historic considerations and concludes with some recommendations for inclusion in final detailed cluster and school design and development.

Developed for the Hereora LCC by Corban Te Aika and Dianne Collier for use in our Cluster
Prepared by Nigel Harris on Behalf of Ngāi Tūāhuriri Education Committee©