Review of NZQA Māori Qualifications Services CMR


CMR for Whakairo [Ref: 0082]


NZQA Māori Qualifications Services (MQS) has completed the review of the Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR) above.


Date new version published                                                             June 2019


The next CMR review is planned to take place during 2023.


Summary of Review


This review was required as part of the ongoing maintenance of the CMR. The CMR for Whakairo had not been reviewed for some time and required updating from the Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP) to the CMR format.


Over the last few years MQS has developed new unit standards, as part of the standards review process, to align with the outcomes of some of the New Zealand qualifications in Field Māori. These developments have resulted in MQS rethinking the CMR documents internally. In doing this, it was decided to review the suite of CMRs to align those requirements that were similar (or which had more commonalities than differences) yet retain individual requirements for those subfield and domains that had distinctive differences.


The Moderation Requirements (MR) section that applies to all CMRs for NZQA National Qualifications Services and Māori Qualifications Services was revised November 2016 to reflect changes to content and links as a result of the introduction of online national external moderation.


Compliance with new requirements


Requirements for consent to assess will apply with effect from June 2019.

Moderation system requirements will apply with effect from June 2019.


Organisations with consent to assess will be expected to be able to demonstrate compliance with the CMR from January 2020 onwards.


MQS will work with organisations that need more lead time to accommodate changes made.


Main changes


Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan for Whakairo [Ref: 0082]

Consent and Moderation Requirements for Whakairo [Ref: 0082]


General changes

·         Some new sections were added as a result of changing from the old AMAP template to the CMR template.


Requirements for Consent to Assess (RCA)


Industry or sector-specific requirements for consent to assess:

·         Criterion 1 – a requirement that ngā kaupapa o Te Hono o Te Kahurangi underpin teaching programmes was added to ensure alignment with the Whakairo unit standards, qualifications, and teaching and assessment practices.

·         Criterion 1 – the requirements pertaining to the people engaged in the development and evaluation of programmes, and to annually reviewing programmes, were removed as they are no longer deemed necessary.

·         Criterion 2 – requirement for gaining consent to assess was moved from this criterion to Criterion 6.

·         Criterion 2 – a requirement for organisations to have policies and procedures to ensure the provision of appropriate support for programmes with research components was added.

·         Criterion 3 – requirements were amended to ensure:

-     teaching and/or assessing staff have working knowledge of te reo and tikanga, whilst removing the need for them to have:

o   a degree in te reo Māori, and

o   endorsement for their teaching and/or assessing position from their whānau and hapū.

-     teaching staff have a relevant teaching qualification (or can demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills); and

-     programmes with research components are taught by teaching staff with research supervision experience and expertise.

·         Criterion 4 – requirements around student entry were removed.

·         Criterion 6 – reference to Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016 was added, in terms of harvesting natural resources.

·         Criterion 7 – requirement that assessment methods take account of local whānau and hapū tikanga and kawa was removed.

·         Te Hono o Te Kahurangi – requirement for all providers of field Māori unit standards to show how the kaupapa (principles) of Te Hono o Te Kahurangi are expressed by their organisation was added.


Moderation Requirements (MR)


A separate review of the Moderation Requirements (MR) was undertaken by NZQA in August 2015, and the reviewed version applies to all NZQA CMRs. The MR section was revised in November 2016 to reflect changes to content and links as a result of the introduction of online national external moderation, and an updated version has been incorporated into this CMR.

·         Moderation System section was updated to reflect current practice.

·         Materials required for moderation section was updated to outline what must be submitted (for both schools and TEOs), including learner samples.

·         Reporting section was updated to include moderation reports, summary of moderation outcomes, querying moderation reports, and feedback on moderation system.

·         Funding section amended, including reference to Best Practice Workshops and the rate charged for additional support or activities (reflects the fees rate introduced on 1 July 2018).

·         Non-compliance with moderation requirements section updated, including specific examples of NZQA actions in cases of ongoing non-compliance.

·         Appeals section updated, referring organisations to the NZQA website for guidance.

·         Links to documents on the NZQA website were provided and/or updated.