CFP - Memory and Hope: living and honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi in pedagogy and practice


2024 has seen thousands across the motu [country] marching and protesting in dissent of the Aotearoa New Zealand government’s denigration of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, including attempts to dismantle the use of te reo Māori in a range of spheres. Te Tiriti o Waitangi reinforces empowerment through cultural identity and ancestral language. Through cultural empowerment, tamariki [children] can experience joy, a joy that comes from knowing who they are and where they come from. As educators in the Aotearoa New Zealand education system, we understand that we are in a time of flux. A curriculum refresh is underway, we have greater demand on literacy and numeracy instruction, and extreme teacher shortage for kaupapa Māori (Māori medium) settings. Our political climate is tumultuous, yet for many Māori and tāngata tiriti [people of the treaty], a sense of unity, collective responsibility, and an even greater desire to fulfil indigenous self-determination aspirations has emerged. In these spaces, we grasp hope for an equitable future and reflect on our bicultural foundations and our multicultural present.  

NZJTW is calling for papers that critically reflect on the position of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in education in Aotearoa New Zealand. We invite manuscripts exploring how teachers embed Te Tiriti into practice and pedagogy in early childhood settings, kōhanga reo, schools, kura, wānanga, polytechnics and universities, and reflections on why this practice is vital in our current political landscape. We encourage perspectives from both Māori and tāngata tiriti, and we also welcome submissions from Indigenous scholars outside of Aotearoa New Zealand whose experiences may link closely to our kaupapa [topic].

NZJTW is inviting contributions to this special topic in the form of

  • Articles (up to 6000 words)
  • Opinion pieces (up to 2500 words)
  • Teacher reflections (up to 2500 words),
  • Research overviews and Literature reviews (up to 4000 words)
  • Book reviews (up to 1000 words)

Submission deadline for full manuscripts on the special topic is 1 September 2024.

NZJTW also invites contributions on any other topics that may be of interest to teachers and academics across the education sector from early childhood to tertiary education.