Māori and Pasifika

Field Māori Assessment Support Material

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Field Māori programme development support

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Mātauranga Māori qualifications and assessment standards

Field Māori gives national recognition to mātauranga Māori. It is one of the classification fields for the Directory of Assessment Standards (DAS) that caters specifically to Māori knowledge, pedagogy, and skills, and enables the portability of Māori skills and knowledge within the national education system.

This image depicts Field Māori. The disciplines, or subfields, within Field Māori are represented by pou (pillars) in the wharenui (meeting house) where knowledge is nurtured. The four cornerstones are Reo Māori (the Māori language), Tikanga (Māori traditions and customs), Ngā mahi a Te Whare Pora (traditional weaving), and Whakairo (traditional carving). See a full sized version.

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Te Hono o Te Kahurangi quality assurance

Tertiary education organisations can choose between two evaluative approaches when they send in an application to NZQA Standard or Te Hono o Te Kahurangi.

If your organisation uses kaupapa Māori and/or teaches mātauranga Māori, Te Hono o Te Kahurangi lets you engage with NZQA using Māori approaches and values. Read more »

Māori providers

Just over 40 registered providers identify themselves as Māori providers. These educational institutions deliver Māori subjects, conduct their courses in a Māori environment, or focus specifically on the needs of Māori learners.

NZQA statistics show that Māori providers play a critical role in lifting the achievement, retention and participation levels of Māori learners. Read more »

Te Kōkiritanga 2020-2023

On Thursday 24 September 2020, NZQA launched its new Māori Strategic Action Plan Te Kōkiritanga 2020-2023: NZQA's Action Plan for Ākonga Māori success.

Kokiri is a Māori word which means advancing forward in unison. The name Te Kōkiritanga has been used to illustrate the collaboration that will be required to achieve our strategic goals.

Te Kōkiritanga outlines our commitment to work with education system agencies in achieving equity for ākonga Māori and their whānau.

Te Kōkiritanga reaffirms NZQA's commitment to the Crown's obligations to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the principles of partnership, protection and participation. Read more »

Māori and the Future State

NZQA’s Future State portfolio is aimed at ensuring learners qualify for a future world that is increasingly global and digitally connected.

Find out more about the Future State portfolio.

Employers and iwi are looking for graduates who can thrive in a rapidly evolving, innovative, technology mediated world.  Employment growth will be strongest for occupations that require Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Aotearoa.

We want all Māori students to ‘qualify for the future world’. Read more »


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Here you will find helpful information and resources to help support Pasifika learners engaged in the New Zealand secondary education system.

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Ngā Kete Mātauranga

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­These kete contain materials and information to support the development and implementation of a Secondary School programme for the following Field Māori Qualifications. The information contained in each kete is centered around the use of Field Māori unit standards as the main assessment components of the programme being developed.  Read more »

Equity in STEM Symposium

In April 2021, NZQA hosted the Equity in STEM Symposium: Enabling Māori and Pacific Success. We were honoured to host over 450 people, both in person and online, from more than 150 schools and organisations around the country.

The programme included perspectives from schools and industry leaders who are successfully involving high proportions of Māori and Pacific students in STEM; and provided practical tools to help encourage students to pursue STEM pathways.

We would like to thank all our presenters and panelists. You can view videos of the presentations below.

Actions to support Māori and Pacific student success in STEM

At the end of the Symposium, attendees were asked to consider sharing their thoughts about actions they might take to support Māori and Pacific student success in STEM.  Over 140 attendees from across 80 organisations provided feedback.  These organisations including secondary schools, wharekura, tertiary education organisations, universities, government agencies, sector-related organisations and STEM academies.

There were many ‘gems’ that people shared, with some of the most frequently raised actions including: Read more »

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