Te Whāriki and raranga - Te Whāriki me te raranga


"...to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society"

- Te Whāriki, page 9

"Of all the Māori weaving techniques, raranga is the one that has best survived. ...it also has the strongest links with Pacific Island weaving."

-Puketapu-Hetet, 1999, page 44.

The early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, explains that everything we do has an impact on learning and teaching. We use the term "whāriki" to describe the day-to-day, collective weaving of curriculum for our tamariki. The way we weave together the distinct patterns of our curriculum defines what we do and how we do it.

As members of an early childhood education service, we belong to a community of weavers, working together to provide the best possible learning and teaching for children.

Ngā Arohaehae Whai Hua / Self-review Guidelines for Early Childhood Education builds on the weaving metaphor introduced in Te Whāriki by supporting us to examine the whāriki that each early childhood education service weaves for its children.

Raranga[1] is the technique used across cultures to weave a whāriki/mat. The metaphor of raranga can provide a way of understanding review. The process of raranga reminds us to pause in our work, to look closely at the way our curriculum whāriki has been woven, and to evaluate our practice.

This document uses raranga imagery to guide us through the process of review. Review is an important part of what we do together to generate growth through improvement. By pausing in our work and evaluating the effectiveness of our curriculum, we have opportunities to transform practice. Such is the nature of review.

Self Review Te Whariki FlaxImage.


[1] Raranga is known as Ialaga in some Pacific communities.

Last updated: 7 July 2009