The strands of Te Whāriki: Well-being
Ngā taumata whakahirahira ki Te Whāriki: Mana Atua

Introduction - He kupu whakataki

In 2001, Mason Durie set out a framework for considering Māori educational advancement. He set out three goals in this framework (discussed in Book 1). Goal 3 relates to well-being:

A third goal for education is linked to well-being. Education should be able to make a major – if not the major – contribution to health and well-being and to a decent standard of living. Educational achievement correlates directly with employment, income levels, standards of health, and quality of life. Where there is educational underachievement, health risks are higher, length of life is reduced, and poor health is a more likely consequence … A successful education therefore is one that lays down the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle and a career with an income adequate enough to provide a high standard of living.1

This book collects together exemplars from early childhood settings that illustrate the assessment of learning that is valued within the curriculum strand of Well-being/Mana Atua, keeping in mind that the following definition of exemplars was developed by advisers and co-ordinators during the exemplar project:

Exemplars are examples of assessments that make visible learning that is valued so that the learning community (children, families, whānau, teachers, and beyond) can foster ongoing and diverse learning pathways.

Although the exemplars have been annotated with a Well-being/Mana Atua lens, in many cases the lens of another strand could have been used. The principle of Holistic Development or Kotahitanga set out in Te Whāriki is a reminder that the curriculum “strands” are a construction, and in any episode of a child’s learning, these strands are inextricably intertwined and interconnected.

Learning stories in PDF format

Unfortunately, because of publishing constraints, we are only able to provide the learning stories to you in PDF format.

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A summary of the exemplars for The Strands of Te Whāriki: Well-being follows:

  • Hannah goes without a nappy
  • Today in the playroom
  • Dreaming the day away
  • Fish pie, please
  • Making a card for Great-grandad
  • Finn's dragonfly
  • Caroline spreads her wings
  • Pōwhiri for the new principal
  • Alexander and the trees
  • Leora cares for others

For more information, or to request a hard copy of this exemplar book, please email the ministry.


Last updated: 14 May 2013