Cultural relationships and classroom learning. Culture Speaks is a revolutionary book for educators, parents and all those wishing to better the education of New ZealandÕs children. The authors interviewed a large number of Maori high school students, their families, teachers and school principals. These interviews have produced a disturbing snapshot of the current New Zealand education system. The message is simple and powerful. Classroom relationships are paramount. Disabling professional and personal relationships between teachers and Maori students have a direct negative effect on studentsÕ learning. But the good news from the research is that a professional development programme, Te Kotahitanga, has been developed. This identifies the barriers to educational achievement of Maori and proposes solutions. If you are interested in the educational engagement and achievement of Maori students in schools and the future of New Zealand, this book is essential.