Implementation of tikanga Māori in animal euthanasia teaching

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Dale, Arnja
Walker, Jessica
Perrott, John
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animal euthanasia
cultural safety
animal welfare
Māori values and protocols
Dale, A., Walker, J. & Perrott, J. (2015). Implementation of tikanga Māori in animal euthanasia teaching. (Unitec ePress Occasional & Discussion Paper Series 2015/3). , 1(1), 85-86. Unitec ePress. ISSN 2324-3635 Retrieved from
One of the core functions of being an Animal Welfare Inspector is to mitigate animal suffering, pain and distress; a common method of which is through euthanising animals. Animal cadavers are used to teach euthanasia techniques to students studying towards the Certificate in Animal Welfare Investigations at Unitec Institute of Technology. This programme attracts a multi-cultural student body. Working with animal cadavers can be emotionally challenging and requires cultural sensitivity. This article reports on a number of tikanga Māori strategies incorporated for the first time. These uphold the principles of Unitec’s Te Noho Kotahitanga, as well as the 2nd article of the Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi). This has allowed for this animal euthanasia teaching to ensure Māori-centred support is provided and the teaching is culturally relevant. Feedback on these tikanga Māori initiatives has been very positive in: acknowledging the value and integrity of Māori knowledge and practice, therefore evidencing a commitment to such key elements of Māoritanga; developing effective student-teacher relationships; and unlocking the science and innovation potential of Māori people and resources to the benefit of all New Zealand. In addition, incorporating tikanga Māori into our teaching has led to: increasing cultural awareness and competency of staff and students, and providing culturally safe support for Māori students.
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