What we're doing

Consultation and hui

In 2018, we held 35 wānanga nationwide with whānau, hapū, iwi and other stakeholders as part of our Education Conversation|Kōrero Mātauranga(external link). We wanted to get their views on the future of the education system.

We also held a hui to seek views about priority issues and opportunities for Māori learners. These wānanga and ongoing conversations will provide an important platform for our ongoing work to refresh Ka Hikitia. We are currently completing our analysis of these engagements.


We’re working with other agencies to keep te reo Māori alive in the hearts and minds of New Zealanders, as well as normalising its usage on a daily basis. The Maihi Karauna is the government's Māori language strategy to create a society where te re Māori is valued, learned and used, by developing policies and services to support language revitalisation.

Maihi Karauna (external link)

The Maihi Māori is a new Māori language strategy developed by and for iwi, Māori and Māori language communities.

Maihi Māori(external link)

Our Māori language in education strategy, Tau Mai Te Reo, creates the conditions for learners to achieve Māori language and education outcomes. It sits alongside and is supported by the Māori Education Strategy - Ka Hikitia. This is our action plan to rapidly change the way the education system performs, so all Māori students achieve education success as Māori.

Tau Mai Te Reo(external link) 

Ka Hikitia 

We are making significant progress on Māori education budget 2018 initiatives to lift the achievement of Māori students:

  • Lifting Achievement for Māori Students is a $1M new operating fund in 2018/19 to investigate how to better support Māori school students to achieve as Māori in English-medium settings.
  • Te Ahu o te reo Māori is $1.1M of new operating funding in 2017/18, plus $11.4 million operating funding over the following 3 years, for a package of initiatives to lift capability across the system for delivering quality te reo Māori education.
  • Te Kawa Matakura is $690,000 of new operating funding in 2017/18, plus $2.1 million operating funding in 2018/19 and 2019/20 to develop a qualification for students to formally recognise their excellence in mātauranga Māori.

Encouraging prospective teachers

We are encouraging prospective Māori and te reo Māori teachers into the profession through a range of scholarships.

https://www.teachnz.govt.nz/studying-to-be-a-teacher/scholarships/(external link)

Find out about becoming a teacher:

https://becomeateacher.co.nz/(external link)

https://www.teachnz.govt.nz/studying-to-be-a-teacher/(external link)

Other work in progress

  • refreshing Tau Mai Te Reo
  • developing a te reo Māori hub for te reo Māori resources
  • working with whānau, hapū and iwi to tell their own stories through the development of 80 new curriculum resources based on local Māori history
  • developing stories, such as He Putanga nō Uki, through the Te Aho Ngārahu Fund 
  • rebuilding relationships with key organisations, including Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust
  • building 2 new kura (in Palmerston North and Te Aroha)


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