Application process

What you need to know about the Te Aho Ngārahu application process is outlined in the steps below.

Applications have now closed.

Applications for story ideas

  • Outline the story you would like to tell about your rohe, iwi, hapū or whānau. 
  • Show how it supports learning about Aotearoa New Zealand history in our kura and schools.
  • Specify a primary audience group within the ages of 0-18 years old.
  • Capture key messages you hope ākonga and kaiako will take away from your story.
  • Detail how you see your story being produced. For example, as an audio story, in print as a graphic novel, an online video or a website.
  • Indicate a provider who you would like to work with from our Te Reo Māori and Māori Medium curriculum resource development provider panel. They will help you to co-develop your story into a te reo Māori education resource.
  • Include contact information for yourself and of someone who will endorse your story. The endorser needs to be someone who has the authority to verify the authenticity and accuracy of the story.

Your story idea will need to align with the following priority themes:

Local Māori History

Stories that share local Māori histories through significant historical events, significant land marks and people.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Stories and narratives relevant to Te Tiriti o Waitangi that are significant to local areas (stories told from the perspective of whānau, hapū and iwi.

How to apply

All applications were to be submitted by 5pm 31 July 2019.



All stories will be assessed by an evaluation panel, which consists of a cross-section of advisors with expertise and knowledge in supporting ākonga, kaiako, and Kāhui Ako learning in and through te reo Māori in both Māori medium and English medium settings.

The panel will assess the applications against the priorities and evaluation criteria and will decide on a shortlist.

Decisions and consultations

The Te Reo Māori Group are the team leading and manging Te Aho Ngārahu. 

We will email everyone once the final decisions are made on the applications. It may take up to 6 – 8 weeks from the time the round closes on 31 July 2019 for you to be informed about your application. 

Once an application is approved an advisor from the Te Reo Māori Group will work with you through the consultation phase.

This phase involves establishing agreements between the storyteller and the Ministry of Education. The agreement sets out the expectations between the 2 parties. Specifically it:

  • Confirms the commitment to develop the story into a resource.
  • Ensures the intellectual property of the story idea remains with the storyteller.
  • Allows the Ministry to use the story in the resource for a set period of time in exchange for a fee.

This phase also includes confirming the curriculum resource development provider you want to work with to co-develop your story into a te reo Māori teaching and learning resource.


Once negotiations are complete we will host an engagement hui for storytellers and service providers. The hui is an opportunity to gain a shared understanding of the process, roles and responsibilities of all three parties as well as prepare everyone for the next step.

The hui is tentatively scheduled for a full day session during the week of Monday, 28 October to Friday, 1 November 2019.  We will provide more information and confirmation of the date once applications close.

Resource proposals

This step involves the curriculum resource development provider and storyteller working together on a proposal to develop the resource.

The proposal will:

  • Describe in detail the resource/s that will be created from the story.
  • Include a budget with a cost breakdown.
  • Include key personnel and their roles.
  • Outline timeframes with key deliverables for the project.

All proposals will go through our standard review and recommendations process.  Once approved, we will send a Statement of Work (contract) to develop the resource, to the curriculum resource development provider to sign.

The contract is directly with the curriculum resource development provider as they will be leading and managing the development and production of the resource. It is a requirement in this step of the process that a co-publishing between the service provider and storyteller be established. This agreement will ensure that both parties are consulting with one another throughout the development and production of the resource.

Curriculum resource development provider panel

Further information

You can apply as many times as you like but we can only accept one story per application form.

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