‘Māku anō e hanga tōku nei kura’ – ‘I will shape my own school’

Te Akatea is an association of Maori Principals in Aotearoa New Zealand. This presentation will discuss the benefits of developing a network of indigenous school leaders such as Te Akatea provides. How do Maori Principals benefit from this collegial support and how does that impact on their leadership in their schools? The two presenting Principals, both Te Akatea Executive Members, will give an insight into critical, culturally sustaining practice in their respective schools: Kia Aroha College in South Auckland and Mokoia Intermediate in Rotorua, both in predominantly Maori communities.