Ka Hikitia — Ka Hāpaitia

Ka Hikitia (the Māori Education Strategy) has been refreshed as part of the Education Work Programme.

About the strategy

Ka Hikitia is a cross-agency strategy for the education sector.

The agencies include: Ministry of Education; Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu; Education New Zealand; Education Review Office; New Zealand Qualifications Authority; The Teaching Council Aotearoa New Zealand; Tertiary Education Commission; New Zealand School Trustees Association. The education sector includes all early learning, schooling, and tertiary education provision.

It sets out how we will work with education services to achieve system shifts in education and support Māori learners and their whānau, hapū and iwi to achieve excellent and equitable outcomes and provides an organising framework for the actions we will take.

The framework has five outcome domains.

  • Te Whānau: Education provision responds to learners within the context of their whānau
  • Te Tangata: Māori are free from racism, discrimination and stigma in education
  • Te Kanorautanga: Māori are diverse and need to be understood in the context of their diverse aspirations and lived experiences
  • Te Tuakiritanga: Identity, language and culture matter for Māori learners
  • Te Rangatiratanga: Māori exercise their authority and agency in education.

These outcome domains reflect key messages that we have heard from whānau, hapū, Iwi, Māori over an extended period of time and our evidence base about what works for Māori learners and their whānau.

Read the refreshed Ka Hikitia (English)

Read the refreshed Ka Hikitia (te reo Māori)

Download the refreshed Ka Hikitia strategy as a visual A3 [PDF, 793 KB]

How does this link to Tau Mai Te Reo?

Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo are companion strategies and should be read in conjunction with each other. Ka Hikitia is a strategy for all Māori learners, while Tau Mai Te Reo is a strategy for all learners.

Find out more about Tau Mai Te Reo

Resources to go with Ka Hikitia

Below are some resources that provide further information about the experience of Māori learners in the education system. They include resources that will be useful in implementing and embedding Ka Hikitia.

Ngā Haeata Mātauranga

Ngā Haeata Mātauranga is the Māori education data profile to help track progress towards the vision of Tau Mai Te Reo. This has recently been refreshed, and is available on Education Counts:

Find out more about Ngā Haeata Mātauranga – Education Counts(external link)

Te Tāmata Huaroa

Te Tāmata Huaroa: Te Reo Māori in English-medium schooling by the Educational Review Office gives a snapshot of the current provision of te reo Māori teaching and learning in a representative sample of English-medium primary and secondary schools:

Read Te Tāmata Huaroa – Education Review Office(external link)

Ka Hikitia Measurable Gains Framework

There are a number of resources to help measure the extent to which activities and initiatives are making a difference to Māori enjoying and achieving education success as Māori:

Ka Hikitia Measurable Gains Framework

Other resources

To support the refresh of Tau Mai Te Reo we have reviewed a range of engagements that the Ministry has recently carried out, to capture what Māori have said to us.

We have collated these findings on the Kōrero Mātauranga site:

Feedback on Māori education – Kōrero Mātauranga(external link)

We have put together a list of supporting resources. These will be updated as new resources become available.

Download Ka Hikitia Supporting resources for early learning [PDF, 126 KB]

Download Ka Hikitia Supporting resources for schools [PDF, 178 KB]

Download Ka Hikitia Supporting resources for tertiary [PDF, 112 KB]

Continuing our kōrero about the future of Māori education

In 2018, we had a conversation with Māori whānau and communities about what matters most in the education of Māori learners through a series of wānanga.

Over 2000 learners, whānau and educators came along and discussed a wide range of issues and opportunities for Māori education.

The information we gathered has been used to inform our refresh of Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo and the overall Education Work Programme.

The feedback from these hui are contained in a series of regional summary reports available on the Kōrero Mātauranga site:

Feedback on Māori education – Kōrero Mātauranga(external link)

Ongoing Engagement

Ka Hikitia is designed as a living document so we can progressively update it based on our ongoing conversations with whānau, hapū, iwi, Māori and education services.

If you have any feedback get in contact with us at Ka.Hikitia@education.govt.nz.

Alternatively, we have a short survey available here:

Take part in the Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo survey(external link)


Read more about the whakapapa of Ka Hikitia, its past iterations, and further research that sits behind them:

Ka Hikitia – Whakapapa 

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