Cultural Diversity and an Introduction to Māori Culture.


New Zealand is a bi-cultural nation and Māori culture is an integral part of Kiwi life.

In this session you will learn about the concept of manaakitanga, the respect from one individual or group to another.

Manaakitanga acknowledges the importance of enhancing the mana which covers the prestige, integrity of others as having equal or greater importance than your own, through the expression of aroha / love, hospitality, generosity and mutual respect.

As you meet people from other cultures during your challenges over the weekend, we hope you take these concepts of manaakitanga with you to embrace a true Kiwi experience in education.



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Sarah Snow

Education New Zealand

Sarah Snow is a Senior HR Advisor Education NZ for nearly five years.   Sarah is of Māori descent and her tribal affiliations include Ngāti Wai, Ngā Puhi, Te Whanau-a-Apānui and Whākatoheā.  Her tribes are outside of Wellington and she ensures that she keeps in touch and attends different hui (meetings) to keep the connections going.   Her hobbies include waka-ama (paddling), keeping herself fit and spending time with her family


Dessi Broughton

education new zealand

Dessi Broughton is an Intelligence Analyst based in Education NZ’s Wellington office. She joined the Strategy and Insights Team in June 2017 after a decade-long stint working in the intelligence industry overseas. Dessi’s background lies in law enforcement and she prides herself in supporting industry make informed decisions. In her spare time, Dessi co-owns a CrossFit gym and provides competitive analysis to elite netball teams (though she insists she is neither a good crossfitter nor netballer!). She is passionate about making a positive difference, finding solutions in the unknown and uncertain, and synthesising what’s important from what’s not. Dessi is also of Māori descent and was educated in total immersion Te Reo Māori from age five to thirteen. She hails from Patea, Taranaki and her tribal affiliations are Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāruahine and Te Ātiawa

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