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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Curriculum Redesigned in the Performing Arts - Te Tohu Maruata

Maria Leilani-Carter.

Te Tohu Maruata is the Maori Performing Arts degree programme taught at Te Wananga o Aotearoa (English translation - University of New Zealand). The unique philosophy of this tertiary learning organisation, enables students to incorporate cultural and artistic values within the learning process. The curriculum has been designed to include cultural values, intrinsic with the organisation's philosophy (including 'Tikanga Maori'), artistic pedagogies and collaborative thinking and learning processes. Learning is encouraged not only through practical lessons, but also by linking with the community through after school education classes for children, professional development for teachers, workshops involving artists and arts industry stakeholders. This holistic and collaborative approach is a crucial component to the learning styles of the target student market - Maori and Pacific communities in New Zealand. Te Tohu Maruata includes (for the arts) Maori language and culture, Pacific Island culture, Music, Dance and Drama.

The curriculum enables students, tutors, artists and the community to learn and interexchange between each other at different levels through the Performing Arts.

The importance of the arts and culture of Maori and Pacific peoples in New Zealand is often embedded in the creative process, the exchange of knowledge, and in the coming together of people. It also provides a sense of history, identity and pride. Such knowledge and understanding opens the door to new explorations and interpretations.


Maria Leilani-Carter  (New Zealand)
Senior Music Tutor
Performing Arts School
Te Wananga o Aotearoa

Maria Leilani Carter is a music education specialist who has been involved with education through teaching, participating in national curriculum and assessment initiatives, workshops and working in the music industry.

  • Redesigning curriculum in the Performing Arts
  • Learning with the community
  • Cultural values
  • Holistic learning

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)