Boosting achievement of Māori

Te whakahiki tutukitanga mō Ngāi Māori

Last updated 11 November 2016
Last updated 11/11/2016

This page sets out the work that we are doing to support Priority 3 of the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) – Boosting achievement of Māori and Pasifika.

The Government is seeking improved achievement in tertiary education from two key groups: Māori and Pasifika learners. By 2030, 30 percent of New Zealanders will be Māori or Pasifika, so it’s essential that tertiary education improves its delivery to these groups. 

While Māori have made gains in participation and achievement in tertiary education in recent years, more progress is needed. The Government is working to improve participation and achievement for Māori, to ensure Māori benefit from the higher wages and more sustainable employment associated with higher-level qualifications.

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017 sets goals for Māori in tertiary education.

The Māori Education Strategy: Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017 (Ministry of Education website)

He Kai Kei Aku Ringa – the Māori Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan calls for better connections from education to the workforce. The goals include Māori students participating and achieving at all levels on a par with other students in tertiary education, and Māori attaining the qualifications that enable them to participate and achieve at all levels of the workforce.

He Kai Kei Aku Ringa – The Crown-Māori Economic Growth Partnership (Te Puni Kōkiri website)

Tertiary education organisations (TEOs) need to continue to improve their support and encouragement for Māori participation and achievement. This includes providing high-quality information, support and advice to school students and their whānau about study choices, school to tertiary transitions and the benefits of moving on to higher education. 

How we are supporting Priority 3

Tū Māia e Te Ākonga (Tū Māia), our approach to improve Māori learner achievement and success, outlines our initiatives for implementing both the Māori Education Strategy: Ka Hikitia Accelerating Success 2013–17 and the TES.

Tū Māia is our action plan to raise Māori learner participation and achievement in tertiary education. The four workstreams for Tū Māia are:

  • Collective Action on Pathways uses our investment in the sector to ensure Māori learners get the right support at the right time. 
  • The Kura to Career Pilot will strengthen regional tertiary provision and vocational pathways through to long-term careers by establishing a new approach to contracting for support services.
  • The Quality Educators Initiative will work with the sector to develop a ‘blueprint’ and action plan to embed elements of effective teaching practice into teacher education and professional development.
  • Strengthening our focus on Māori learners will bring together work within the TEC under the Tū Māia banner, to ensure our ‘business as usual’ contributes to Māori learner success. 

Read more about Tū Māia.

Investment Plan guidance

In 2016, we developed guidance in consultation with the sector to provide clarity around what is expected of TEOs in achieving Priority 3 of the Tertiary Education Strategy – Boosting achievement of Māori and Pasifika.

The guidance will allow you to self-evaluate and promote more focused conversations with us on how Priority 3 can be achieved through Investment Plans.

Guidance to achieve TES Priority 3: Boosting achievement of Māori and Pasifika (PDF, 1 Mb)

Find out more on the Supplementary Plan Guidance page.

Our funding initiatives

The Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) programme supports Māori and Pasifika learners aged 18-34 to get the skills needed to complete a New Zealand Apprenticeship and go on to employment. This training is fees free for learners and includes employment support and grants for tools.

Training is delivered through regional consortia that deliver a wide range of trades such as construction, carpentry, electrical, motor industry and engineering. Consortia bring together employers, community groups and tertiary education organisations to ensure that learners are equipped with skills which meet the needs of their communities and local economy.

In 2014, the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training programme supported 1,189 learners and 12 consortia. Some of the first graduates from 2014 have already transitioned into employment and New Zealand Apprenticeships.

In 2015, we have increased investment in this area to fund the delivery of 1,908 learners through 14 consortia.

Visit the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training section.