About wānanga

The three wānanga are designated under the Education Act 1989 as unique organisations who offer quality education based on Māori principles and values.

There is a significant difference in size and offerings between wānanga. Almost 60% of all students enrolled in wānanga are Māori.

Government expectations of wānanga

The Government expects wānanga to:

  • create and share mātauranga Māori that contributes to whānau, hapū and iwi prosperity, and New Zealand’s economic, social, cultural and environmental development;
  • make an increasing contribution to sector-wide leadership through advancing mātauranga Māori; and
  • enable students to complete a range of sub-degree, degree and postgraduate qualifications, with clear study paths to higher levels of learning.

How enrolments influence performance

The nature of enrolments at a specific wānanga will influence its performance. For example, part-time and extra-mural students often have work or family commitments and cannot devote as much time and energy to their studies.

TES priority groups

The Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) sets high expectations for TEO performance and prioritises an outcomes focus especially for industry, Māori and Pasifika learners and at risk young people.

The following tables show how those groups performed compared to all students at wānanga for Student Achievement Component (SAC) funding, and for Youth Guarantee (YG) funding.

 

Table 1: 2014 educational performance for Student Achievement Component-funded students in the wānanga sector
2014
SAC
EFTS
delivered
Successful course
completions
Completion of
qualifications
Student progression
levels 1-4
Student
retention
Overall

23,945

80% 

72% 

36%

72%

Māori

14,554

77% 

68%

38%

67%

Pasifika

2,318

79%

72%

37%

74%

Under 25

3,857

75% 

63%

34%

65% 

Table 2: 2014 educational performance for Youth Guarantee-funded students in the wānanga sector
2014
YG
EFTS
delivered
Successful course
completions
Completion of
qualifications
Student progression
levels 1-4
Student
retention
Overall

568

70% 

76% 

39%

72%

Māori

 411

68% 

73%

39%

69%

Pasifika

188

76%

87%

39%

81%

Under 25

568

70% 

76%

39%

72% 

Table 3: 2013 educational performance for Student Achievement Component-funded students in the wānanga sector
2013
SAC
EFTS
delivered
Successful course
completions
Completion of
qualifications
Student progression
levels 1-4
Student
retention
Overall

24,702

81% 

78% 

36%

73%

Māori

 14,489

78% 

74%

37%

67%

Pasifika

2,363

81%

76%

37%

72%

Under 25

4,216

77% 

67%

38%

65% 

Table 4: 2013 educational performance for Youth Guarantee-funded students in the wānanga sector
2013
YG
EFTS delivered Successful course completions Completion of qualifications
Overall 318 72% 62%
Māori 245 70% 57%
Pasifika 91 83% 78%

 

Table 5: 2012 educational performance for Student Achievement Component-funded students in the wānanga sector
2012
SAC
EFTS
delivered
Successful course
completions
Completion of
qualifications
Student progression
levels 1-4
Student
retention
Overall

24,553

81% 

68% 

35%

71%

Māori

 14,097

78% 

63%

36% 

65%

Pasifika

2,236 

78%

65%

39%

72%

Under 25

4,086

76% 

59%

38%

62% 

Qualification completion rates can be affected by increases or decreases in enrolments which can result in variability in the reported performance between years.
  • Last changed: 4 August 2015
  • Last verified: 4 August 2015