Media and the public are invited on Monday September 30th at 6pm to attend the launch of Heroes for
Education, a short film about the inspiring Webster family of Rotorua and their passion for education
that has enabled them to claim their culture, reach their potential and pass on their knowledge to
The launch of Heroes for Education at the NZEI Te Riu Roa National Conference is part of the
organisation’s “Educating for Maori Success – Whakahau, Whakamana, Whakahihi” campaign.
The 23-minute film was produced for Te Pipiri Mananui o Nga Tataha-a-Maui, NZEI Te Riu Roa Miro
Maori members in the northern region, as a resource for educators and families.
The Webster children - Kimiora, Jamus, Talitha and Te Kahuirangi – are all accomplished musicians
and teachers because their parents Alfred and Jocelyn instilled in them a love of learning and the
importance of their culture.
The siblings will be available to answer questions and talk with the media at the launch.
Kimiora teaches science and senior Maori at Rotorua Boys High School.
“We’ve been involved in everything Maori. It was through them always teaching us and always
empowering us as being Maori and what they thought a role model Maori should look like, that
made us slip into becoming teachers and passing on that same knowledge to other Maori to
empower them as well,” he says.
Jamus teaches kapa haka in schools and prisons and recalls a lightbulb moment when an elderly
inmate told him he wished he had had the opportunity to learn kapa haka when he was at school.
“And that’s why I go back to the schools. We ask ourselves why we’re teaching…I think it’s going
through kapa haka, about whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, kotahitanga. That’s instilled within us,
and it’s our job to go out there and help other families, help other people to grow and go out there
and achieve wonderful things.”
For more information or to attend the screening at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre, please
Contact July Mclean 027 209 1774 or Laures Park 027 444 8475.
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