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The resources you’ll find on this page feature schools discussing their responses to the challenge set by Ka Hikitia - Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008 - 2012. Ka Hikitia challenged all schools to ensure their Māori learners were acheiving education success as Māori.

These resources focus on where schools were at when they started, how they identified issues, and how they made a start to address these issues.


The strategic intent of Ka Hikitia - Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008 - 2012 is ‘Māori enjoying education success as Māori’. This recognises the widespread aspirations of Māori to live and succeed as Māori in te Ao Māori, in Aotearoa New Zealand society and in the wider world.

The Education Review Offices’ June 2010 review, Promoting Success for Maori Students: Schools’ Progress focuses on three critical dimensions for success: presence (being at school), engagement (engaging with learning), and achievement. The review concluded that in order to promote success for Māori learners schools need to:

  • monitor and respond to trends in Māori student attendance and achievement
  • adopt effective classroom and school-wide practices for assessment, analysis of student achievement information, target setting and evaluation of initiatives
  • improve relationships with whānau so that home and school can work in partnership to improve learning
  • build better relationships with Māori students, to help raise the expectations for achievement while also recognising the importance of te ao Māori
  • maintain good classroom teaching and appropriate pedagogy.
  1. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Te Reo Maori | Effective leaders

    This story from Rotorua Boys’ High emphasises the inseparable nature of reo and tikanga (language and culture), an integral part of the school’s programme.

  2. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    Responding to “demanding constituents” has been the catalyst for changes in teaching practice at Henderson Intermediate - changes achieved through a process of reflecting upon the evidence available and responding to student need.

  3. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    Whānau and community involvement in school life can and should extend beyond supporting the school at cultural and sporting activities, and lead to engagement which directly supports students’ learning. At Hiruharama School, whānau are engaged at every level including strategic planning. (Extract from ‘Te Mana Kōrero: Relationships for Learning’, 2007).

  4. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Effective leaders

    This clip shows what Taihape Area School has done to create links between the school and its community, to establish a partnership, thereby giving effect to the requirements in TheNew Zealand Curriculum to accommodate local needs and consult with the community.

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