Parity for Maori and Pasifika

Funding letters set clear parity expectations

Funding letters set clear parity expectations

Last updated 20 December 2016
Last updated 12/20/2016

Our 2017 funding letters sent to the sector in November and December set clear expectations for tertiary education organisations attaining parity of participation and achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners. 

Boosting achievement for Māori and Pasifika is one of the six priorities of the Government’s Tertiary Education Strategy and in 2012 our Board set commitment targets for Māori and Pasifika by sub-sector. The targets are intended to increase the rate at which Māori and Pasifika are achieving in tertiary education and reduce, and ultimately eradicate, the disparity in education and wider socio-economic outcomes attained for Māori and Pasifika.

Parity of both participation and achievement are fair and reasonable expectations of the tertiary education sector, as both are equally important to improving outcomes for Māori and Pasifika learners. Gains in participation should not be seen as a trade-off for poor achievement performance.

What this means for TEOs

The two key messages for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) underlying the parity targets for participation and achievement are:

  • we expect that the proportion of EFTS/trainees should be on par with the proportion of Māori and Pasifika within the relevant population/workforce at both lower and higher levels of study, and therefore overall.
  • we expect all providers to reach parity of completion rates for Māori and Pasifika with non- Māori and non-Pasifika within the provider at both lower and higher levels of study, and therefore overall.

Higher participation and achievement rates are needed in fields of study (eg, engineering and ICT) that will lead to better socio-economic outcomes including sustainable employment, higher incomes, lower benefit dependency and greater ability to adapt to future change.

Where can providers find out more information about parity?

Further information on parity will be provided on our website in 2017.  Meanwhile, to find out more, contact our Sector Helpdesk or your Investment Manager.