Te Ao Māori approach

We are committed to working with Māori and iwi in a way that reflects our Treaty partnership and honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We continue to work closely with Te Rau Whakatupu Māori to co-design Te Rito and lead its implementation. As part of the restart of Te Rito we are extending our engagement to seek input from iwi and whānau.

At a national level, we are seeking advice and input from the Mātauranga Iwi Leaders’ Group. For iwi that sit outside this forum, we will work with our Te Mahau regional offices to determine an appropriate engagement approach, recognising that each iwi has its own aspirations and interests.

At the heart of our engagement with Māori and iwi is our recognition that Māori wish to exercise sovereignty over the data held on ākonga by educators and education agencies.

Māori teacher discussing work with Māori parent