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Last updated 15 November 2016 13:47 by NZTecAdmin

New professional development opportunities for those who work with Māori and Pasifika learners

 In 2015 He Taunga Waka delivered 40 free workshops to 479 educators working in the foundation sector (that is, 304 attended the Māori workshop and 175 the Pasifika workshop). These workshops were delivered nationally  with a mix of public and in-house offerings available.

For 2016, the two He Taunga Waka workshops “Ako, Aro and Whanaungatanga” and “Pasifika Wave” (formerly called Teu Le Vā) are still available for Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) delivering programmes across the foundation sector but there are some slight changes to the delivery of the programme. He Taunga Waka is a new project, funded by the TEC and designed to specifically help educators better connect, engage and facilitate literacy and numeracy skill development for educators working with Māori and Pasifika learners in adult literacy and numeracy.

Changes for 2016 delivery

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), as part of its shift to an Investment Approach, is taking a more targeted and sustainable approach to the professional development it funds.  This means that this year, delivery of the He Taunga Waka workshops involves a selection process to ensure that free workshops are targeted to areas and organisations in most need and align with TEC priority areas for 2016.

You can read more about the TEC’s Investment Approach on their website:

A TEO may be eligible for free workshops to improve their performance in embedding literacy and numeracy and using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool if they meet some or all of the following criteria:

  1. The TEO is located in key regions: Northland, South Auckland, Rotorua and Bay of Plenty. (Evidence of this is the provision of the address of the delivery site for your organisation knowing that some organisations have multiple delivery sites.)
  2. The TEO has high Māori and Pasifika participation rates compared to the Māori/ Pasifika population for your learner catchment area. (Evidence of this would be the provision of your EPI participation rate data for 2014/15 and the latest population census figures)
  3. The TEO has high disparities of performance outcomes for Māori and Pasifika learners compared to non-Māori, non-Pasifika learners. (Evidence of this would be the provision of your EPI course completion or credit achievement data for 2014/15)
  4. The TEO has not received literacy and numeracy capability funding from the TEC in the past.
  5. The TEO wants to improve its Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool usage rates to ensure good embedded literacy and numeracy practice as well as meet TEC funding conditions.


All TEOs are welcome to book an in-house workshop which are available at the cost recovery prices.

Other changes

In response to requests and feedback received in 2015, He Taunga Waka now offers a combined full-day option which incorporates the Māori and Pasifika workshop into one full-day workshop.

Also, in line with TEC’s desire for sustainable change, each workshop comes with pre- and post-workshop consultancy support to assist TEOs to identify needs, and develop a plan for embedding the desired changes in practice and/or process.

The professional development programme is designed to specifically help educators better connect, engage and facilitate skill development for educators working with Māori and Pasifika learners in adult literacy and numeracy.  Highly experienced practitioners were brought on board to develop the programme.


Key dates

Project commenced: Start 2015

Expected project completion: Dec 2016

Project Team

Bruce George, Project Manager - Pasifika
  Ria Tomoana, Kaiwhakahaere Māori - Project Manager
  • Kaiwhakahaere Māori –Project Manager- Māori: Ria Tomoana
  • Pasifika Project Manager-: Bruce George




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