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  • The 2021 Primary Science Week recognised the amazing mahi kairangahau Māori (researchers) are doing in the field of mātauranga pūtaiao and science.

    Di Christenson and Carol Brieseman, both winners of the Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize, share their achievable, practical ideas to support the growth of mātauranga pūtaiao in your science programme.

    Thanks Di and Carol – always inspirational but also very practical.


    In this recorded webinar you will discover a range of resources you can use with your tamariki, as well as gaining insights to how Di and Carol approached incorporating these into their classrooms with respect and curiosity.

    Ngā mihi nui! Wonderful mahi!!!


    Whakanui pūtaiao

    This is an edited recording of the webinar Whakanui pūtaiao.

    You can download the video and slideshow presentation.

    Thank you for sharing all the wonderful mahi you are doing. Inspiring!


    We encourage you to join our discussion about mātauranga pūtaiao register in our online forum on the #mātauranga-māori channel in Slack. In this forum we share and discuss ideas, and share resources. If you need any help accessing our Slack forum or you have not received an invitation, either see our help info or please email us.



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    Introducing the Science Learning Hub




    Introducing Di Christeson and Carol Breiseman


    New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators (NZAPSE)


    What do we mean by mātauranga?


    Beginning with kupu and rimurimu (seaweed)


    Whakapapa, Rūaumoko, waiata and ways of knowing


    Flight, Tāwhirimātea and digital technology




    Self assessment example




    Ahi Pepe – MothNet




    The environment


    Connected journals


    SLH links, keep in touch and thanks


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    Take the opportunity to learn about a Māori scientist working either in your rohe (local area) or in an area of science your class is passionate about. Carry out your practical work related to one of these scientists to explore the nature of science and support students to learn about and practise scientific techniques like observation.

    Discover more in these recorded PLD webinars:

    The Science Learning Hub has articles about several of the Connected series that Carol has used in her classroom, including:

    Indigenous knowledge is increasingly valued, but to fully respect it we need to decolonise science – find out more in this article.

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    The Science Learning Hub team has curated a collection of resources related to opportunities for using te reo Māori. Login to make this collection part of your private collection, just click on the copy icon. You can then add additional content, notes and make other changes. Registering an account for the Science Learning Hubs is easy and free – sign up with your email address or Google account. Look for the Sign in button at the top of each page.

    Useful links

    Primary Science Week is run by the New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators. Check out their website and consider joining the association.

    Enviroschools is a nationwide programme offering support to provide a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world through learning and taking action together.

    Watch this Mātauranga Māori in Education, Education Hub webinar recording with Dr Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal (Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngā Puhi) from 2023.


    Thank you to Di Christenson and Carol Brieseman.

      Published 17 June 2021, Updated 29 March 2022 Referencing Hub articles
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