BHB Academy incorporates cultural values and focuses on a holistic approach that acknowledges the physical, spiritual, mental, and whanau dynamics of a person as a whole. It is our goal to ensure our learning environment, student support initiatives, teaching, and learning practices meet the educational needs of our Maori learners.
BHB Academy is committed to being responsive to Maori as Tangata Whenua (Maori – People of the land), recognising the Treaty of Waitangi as New Zealand’s founding document
Article One – Kawanatanga – The principle of kawanatanga stems from article 1 of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and is used to describe the concept of governance.
For BHB Academy it relates to our obligation to provide good governance for the Academy as a whole and to act reasonably and in good faith. In particular, as an expression of New Zealand’s Treaty relationship, good governance extends to all dealings with Maori people and practices, including BHB Academy’s Maori staff, students, and stakeholders
Article Two – Tino Rangatiratanga – The principle of rangatiratanga recognises Maori autonomy and self-determination, as guaranteed in Article 2.
For BHB Academy this relates to ensuring we nurture and maintain Maori stakeholder relationships to ensure Maori influence in decision making. BHB Academy will ensure that there is Maori representation in student leadership positions and supports events where Tikanga Maori (Maori culture practice) prevails and where students and staff can engage with matauranga (Maori knowledge), Te Reo Maori (Maori language), and Tikanga Maori (Maori culture practice
Article Three – Oritetanga – The principle of oritetanga from article 3 of Te Tiriti o Waitangi guarantees equity between Maori individuals and other New Zealanders.
BHB Academy prides itself on an all-inclusive environment where all students gain equal opportunities to succeed. BHB Academy also understands that Maori learners’ success is wider than individual gain, therefore whanau and community engagement and wrap-around support are maintained to ensure individual success. The concept tuakana teina is nurtured to ensure Maori learner success. This wrap-around support ensures our Maori students are supported and excel in achievement.