Wharehoka Wano explains the meaning of Tātai Aho Rau.
Tātai - is the action of weaving, layering one strand on top of the next to form connected patterns. Understanding the connection and relationships of the strands within the weave is important in the completion of the final product. At CORE Education, we place huge value on the importance of these connections when delivering support in all forms. Knowing schools, businesses, individuals, and each other is integral to the way we work.
We are open to continuous learning and are reflective in our approach.
Tātai also means to adorn, or make beautiful, in the metaphorical sense of weaving a korowai. Our support builds on the base from which a school, centre, or individual already has in place, and enhances that.
The genealogical whakapapa connections that exist between people also exist in all we do. Knowing who people are, where they come from, and what they bring to the conversation is an important part of the concept of Tātai Aho Rau.
Aho - when applied to weaving, is the thread that binds together. Within CORE Education, the aho relates to the threads that are common in all we do, that is, e-learning, research, culturally responsive practice, inclusive education. Aho also relates to the key elements of professional learning/development that we advocate, mentorship, reflection, community engagement, empowerment, and collaboration.
Rau—means a leaf and many/multitudes. Rau are the leaves within the harakeke bush. Harakeke characteristically grows in family groups of 5, the rito (child) in the centre, mātua (parents) on the outer, and finally the kaumātua (grandparents) on the very outer. A well established harakeke bush is made up of a number of these family groups. When applying this notion to the makeup of CORE Education, we are naturally drawn to the many groupings within CORE and the connections each group has with others. We understand that a single harakeke plant can stand alone but needs the support of the wider pā harakeke to thrive.