Ako Aotearoa leads New Zealand's tertiary sector in building educational capability for learner success.


Weaving the mat of Māori and Pacific learner success

Report on the data-informed initatives to inform Māori and Pacific student achievement project. A University of Waikato project, completed in 2022.

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Congratulations to the 2022 Pacific Professional Development Scholarship Fund recipients

Ako Aotearoa is delighted to announce this year’s recipients of the Pacific Professional Development Scholarship Fund. 

2022 Te Whatu Kairangi Awardees

Congratulations to the 9 outstanding teachers who have received Te Whatu Kairangi 2022 – the Aotearoa Tertiary Educator Awards for their contribution to tertiary teaching and learning.

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Open Polytechnic Learning Delivery Directorate has achieved the New Zealand Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark

We are delighted to announce that the Kuratini Tuwhera - Open Polytechnic Learning Delivery Directorate has achieved the New Zealand Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark (DFQM).

Te Whaihanga news


More international recognition for the Te Whaihanga Project

The collaborative Te Whaihanga project received international recognition as a finalist in the 2022 Royal Town Planning Institute “International Award for Planning Excellence”. The prestigious awards were held in the United Kingdom on 1 December 2022.

Virginia Watson diving

Success Story

Otago dive instructor’s success with the ‘Māori Cultural Capability (MCC) Series’

It has been four months since Ako Aotearoa published its first MCC online, self-paced course. We were delighted to receive an update from participant Virginia Watson of Dive Otago on how the “Ako” course has helped her organisation become better educators for both Māori and Pākehā students. 


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