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Fostering Cultural Identity in Education: Empowering Māori Rangatahi

Rangatahi Kapa Haka

As an educator with more than a decade of experience, I have witnessed firsthand how colonisation has affected my students’ cultural identity. Many of them struggle with a sense of belonging due to physical traits, language barriers, or lack of knowledge about their heritage. However, by providing opportunities for our rangatahi to connect with their culture in meaningful ways, we can help them develop a stronger sense of self and belonging.