EER of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

05 Oct 2018

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has released the external evaluation and review (EER) of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

The EER provides information about the overall performance of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa along with quality improvement recommendations from NZQA. This evaluation and review was conducted in accordance with the NZQA Te Hono o Te Kahurangi evaluative framework.

Engagement in periodic EER is one of NZQA’s integrated quality assurance requirements. Each EER provides an independent judgement of the educational performance and capability in self-assessment of all non-university education organisations.

The latest EER of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has resulted in a confidence statement of He Pounamu Hukihuki in educational performance and He Pounamu Hukihuki in self-reflective practice. This is a category 3 outcome.

We have been working closely with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa to address the issues raised in this EER. We acknowledge the progress Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has made on many of these recommendations to ensure students can have certainty about the quality of their education and about continuing their studies.

The recommendations made to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa are:

  • Progress developments that enable consistent collation and analysis of graduate outcomes across the organisation and across programmes to inform performance
  • Progress assessment and moderation strategies to provide assurance to key stakeholders, including tauira, that assessor’s judgements are valid and robust
  • Consider including in internal programme reviews a check of programme delivery against programme approvals and evaluating to what extent Te Kaupapa Matua are being expressed in programme delivery
  • Develop improved internal quality checks, such as audit or other methodology, to ensure that Statutory Conditions are well understood and met
  • Improve processes for the management of sub-contracted provision.

NZQA will closely monitor Te Wānanga o Aotearoa progress against the recommendations and the improvement plan it must prepare as a result of the category 3 EER rating it has received.

A copy of the EER report can be found here on the NZQA website.


Te Hono o Te Kahurangi is the name of a unique whare ako framework and methodology used by NZQA to carry out quality assurance in the tertiary sector. The framework recognises ākonga Māori choosing to achieve educational success through Mātauranga Māori as relevant to their worldview, context and practices. Further information on this framework can be found here.

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NZQA Communications or 027 4575 783

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