New Zealand Qualifications Authority signs Mahi Tahi agreement

27 Jun 2019

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has today signed a Mahi Tahi agreement with Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori, at a ceremony in NZQA’s Wellington office.

“This agreement is an important step towards NZQA’s goal of being a te reo Māori learning organisation,” Chief Executive Karen Poutasi said.

“Learning te reo Māori provides a window into understanding te Ao Māori - and enables us to engage and think about equity from this perspective.

“Te reo Māori is a normal part of how we operate - as demonstrated through our mātāpono, monthly whakatau, te reo and tikanga classes, waiata, karakia, our long-time involvement in Te Kōnohete and Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori celebrations, and being ‘front and centre’ in NZQA’s key documents and templates.

“NZQA has been on our te reo journey for more than a decade, developing resources and learning initiatives to support staff, including templates, courses and a mobile app - Te Puāwai.

“Over recent years the demand for learning te reo Māori amongst our staff has increased significantly. We are about to launch a second te reo Māori workshop series to keep up with demand.

“This Mahi Tahi agreement will see us share our knowledge and resources, and in turn, draw on the experience of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.

“Te reo Māori is used every day across NZQA, and I look forward to this next stage in our te reo journey,” Dr Poutasi said.

Media contact:
NZQA Communications or 027 457 5783

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