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Connection Learning

Wellbeing and Te Ao Māori are key principles within this strand. Students make connections to their whakapapa (genealogy) and consider where they want to go in their lives and who they want to be. Through the context of Toi Māori (carving and multimedia art) students express and respond to topics such as self worth, role models, making good choices, well being, aspirations, healthy relationships, gender empowerment, culture and identity.  The Mana Tane (prestigious male) programme aims to bring out the best in teenage boys, celebrating their unique gifts, and instilling a sense of belonging. The Wahine Toa (strong female) programme develops key values and skills related to gender empowerment, breaking down gender and identity stereotypes, and instilling in young women that they are strong and can achieve anything.

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