Q: How can schools reflect the bicultural nature of Aotearoa?

In this interview, Nathan and Denise discuss strategies, ideas and ways to help Māori students and staff thrive in schools. The Treaty of Waitangi guarantees participation, protection and partnership for Māori in all important areas of life. Nathan’s work is committed to helping schools build that partnership with whānau. His goal is to support schools to become mana-enhancing environments where Māori educators and students can really flourish. Listen and learn how you can help do this mahi in your school.


Nathan Riki, of both Māori and Pākehā heritage, is on a mission to connect students with their schools, whanau, iwi and hapu. His main position this year is working as a kaitautoko in the senior leadership team at Breens Intermediate. In this role, Nathan is in charge of developing cultural responsiveness across the whole. Nathan has been appointed into a cross kāhui ako position as a leader of cultural responsiveness across all kura in the Kāhui Ako o Waimairi-iri.

Te Reo Māori- Māori Language Translations with thanks to Māori Dictionary.