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Tuakana-teina

The concept of a tuakana–teina relationship   
The tuakanateina relationship, an integral part of traditional Māori society, provides a model for buddy systems. An older or more expert tuakana helps and guides a younger or less expert teina . In a learning environment that recognises the value of ako, the tuakana–teina roles may be reversed at any time. For example, the student who yesterday was the expert on te wā and explained the lunar calendar may need to learn from her classmate today about how manaakitanga (hospitality) is practised by the local hapū (family)

Please enjoy these pictures showing how the children show their tuakana-teina relationships
 
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