From the 7-9 April 2021, the Tautai o le Moana 2020 cohort attended their last residential hui to meet the new 2021 cohort and to listen to Dr Rae Si'ilata deliver the findings in the Tautai o le Moana Report. Tautai o le Moana is a project driven in partnership between the NZ Pasifika Principals' Association (NZPPA), the New Zealand Principals' Federation (NZPF) and the Ministry of Education (MoE). It is MoE funded and designed and delivered by the NZPPA. Dr Rae Si'ilata was contracted to follow and document the journeys of those participating in the pilot cohort of 2020. The hui itself was hosted by the Tautai o le Moana design team who included Filivaifale Jason Swann, Helen Varney, Sose Annandale, Sepora Mauigoa and Ala'imalo Falefatu Enari who were supported by Fa'atili Iosua Esera, Geoff Siave and of course researcher Dr Rae.
The new 2021 cohort started their induction the day before the 2020s arrived, so a meet and greet took place on the evening of the 7th giving time for both cohorts to meet and get to know each other. After an early breakfast the following day, the group settled in to the days work, starting with a round with all participants sharing one take-away from Tautai so far. This session was reflective of the whakawhanaungatanga and manaakitanga that has be consistent through out all hui and talanoa sessions which have taken place across the initiative so far. There was a lot of emotion, revelation, determination and realisation...all things that participants in the first cohort experienced during their time in the project.
reflecting a multitude of Pasifika and Maori culture. There were close to 30 students in the group who without a doubt mesmerised all those present. This group exemplified passion and commitment to their performance. Eddie Uluilelata, Principal of Rangikura school had a great team tutoring and supporting the group, a mix of teachers, student leaders and whanau. Eddie explained that the students presenting were only a group of the larger team which is 120 strong. It was without a doubt a privilege to watch them and to present them with loli lei at the conclusion of their set. This performance was an example of a strong local curriculum at work. It was exciting to see and hear such high value being placed on the cultural literacies, movement, language, and identity. Students were able to clearly show and articulate their purpose, the learning and the reward for presenting to us. Such a wonderful thing to witness.