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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.


Takiala Pasifika 2017-2020

Takiala cover pagefinalNZQA is committed to contributing to Pasifika educational achievement and success. Since 2009, NZQA has achieved that commitment through its Pasifika strategies. The Takiala Pasifika 2017-2020 (PDF, 11MB) (Takiala) is the current strategic action plan that guides NZQA towards achieving its vision of:

"Pasifika qualifying for the future world"

The word Takiala is a Tokelauan term which means a guide or pathway. The Takiala has three goals:

  • Accelerated Pasifika learner success
  • Pasifika world-view observed and reflected in our work
  • Partner with education system agencies to support a 50% lift in Pasifika learner achievement at NCEA Level 3 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subject related areas by 2020

 NCEA ma le Pasifika

NCEA ma le Pasifika is an information programme that provides guidance to Pasifika parents, learners and families to better understand NCEA. When parents are engaged in their child's learning they are more likely to succeed. For more information about hosting a NCEA ma le Pasifika workshop please email

A Guide to NCEA resources

NZQA has a whole range of resources including pamphlets and videos to help families understand NCEA. These pamphlets explain the importance of NCEA. Some of these resources are available in the following languages; Samoan, Tongan, Niuean, Cook Island Māori and English. To view these publications visit NZQA's publications page.

Pasifika in STEM

STEM stands for Science, Techonology, Enginering and Math. The purpose of NZQA's Future State programme is to help ensure learners qualify for a future world that is increasingly global and digitally connected.

One of the goals of the Future State Programme is:

"For NZQA to partner with education system agencies to support a 50% lift of Pasifika student achievement at NCEA Level 3 in one or more standards in STEM subject related areas by 2020"

The Pasifika component of the STEM goal will be measured by the total number of Pasifika students from NZQA enrolments in the 'given year' who obtained 14 credits in one or more Level 3 core STEM subjects".

"Pacific youth need to be armed with skills, knowledge and confidence in STEM subjects so they can take part in an innovation based economy. Those skills are essential for much of the workforce. By combining STEM skills with Pacific values and creativity, New Zealand Pacific youth can play key roles in addressing challenges such as climate change, digital connectivity and resource management" - Ministry for Pacific Peoples (STEM scholarships for Pacific students)

Pasifika in STEM Stories

If your child can achieve in any of the STEM subjects while studying towards NCEA this provides a range of pathway options for further study or training beyond school. It can also lead to careers and broader employment opportunities.

Below you can view some of the success stories for Pasifika in STEM. These success stories capture the journey of Pasifika people through STEM, the decisions they made to get where they are and the opportunities they have recieved as a result.

Jaime-Laurenson.pdf (PDF, 631KB) (PDF, 631KB)

James-Penfold.pdf (PDF, 568KB) (PDF, 568KB)

Lincoln-Timoteo.pdf (PDF, 318KB) (PDF, 318KB)

Nadeen-Papalii.pdf (PDF, 455KB) (PDF, 455KB)

Paulo-Naititi.pdf (PDF, 371KB) (PDF, 371KB)

Randall-Ah-Mu.pdf (PDF, 491KB) (PDF, 491KB)

Roneima-Teumohenga.pdf (PDF, 573KB) (PDF, 573KB)

Bernadette-Robertson.pdf (PDF, 517KB) (PDF, 517KB)

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