Tuakana/ Teina

“Mā te tuakana ka tōtika te teina

Mā te teina ka tōtika te tuakana”

“From the older sibling the younger one learns the right way to do things, and from the younger sibling the older one learns to be tolerant”.

In te Ao Māori (the Māori world) the tuakana/teina concept is something that has always been around and used by our Tūpuna (ancestors). Tuakana/teina means an older sibling looking after the younger sibling. Now the tuakana/teina concept is being used in the education sector. It is when a more experienced person (no matter the age or sex) looks after or helps teach another person how to do something that they haven’t yet done or something they need to work on. When you use the tuakana/teina concept it is exactly the same as within a whānau context. You come together, help, support, and care for that person to do something. You hand down the skills and knowledge of how to accomplish something to the teina. Through tuakana/teina our tamariki (children) both younger and older, and who have more knowledge come together, they show each other compassion, aroha (love), tautoko (support), and manaaki (care) as they grow and learn. Through this concept of tuakana/teina they are also building relationships (whanaungatanga) with others.