Ako Aotearoa is a government-funded organisation committed to supporting the country’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers and educators be the best they can be for the learners' success.
We are a small, but skilled and dynamic team located throughout New Zealand, close to where teaching and learning happens.
In everything we do, we aim to demonstrate the five values we hold dear as an organisation.
Ako Aotearoa holds a vital place in Aotearoa New Zealand’s tertiary education sector. We are an agent of change for quality teaching and learner success.
Ō Mātou Kōrero Tuku Iho
Ako Aotearoa is a government-funded organisation committed to supporting the country’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers and educators be the best they can be.
Watch a short video about Ako Aotearoa, in English or Te Reo Māori:
Whakaūnga ki te whakatupu āheinga mātauranga | Emphasis on building educational capability
We know teaching matters. The evidence tells us it’s the most important contributor to learning success.
That’s why everything we do is geared towards better understanding high quality teaching and using that information to improve tertiary teaching practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
This is what we call 'building educational capability'.
Whakanuitanga angitū me te whakawhiti kōrero | Celebrating success and sharing stories
Every year we host Te Whatu Kairangi, the Aotearoa Tertiary Educator Awards (previously the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards). It's our way to acknowledge the very best in the field and to say: you nailed it, well done - now help us share your good practice with others!
Whakaūnga ki te mahi tahi-ā-rangahau | Commitment to research collaboration
We’re big on collaboration and sharing knowledge. We know there is no single way to boost tertiary teaching within such a diverse sector.
At Ako Aotearoa, we work alongside others to explore and understand what teaching excellence looks like in different contexts and to check our understanding through formal evaluation.
Te mahi ā-rōpū me ētahi atu | Teaming up with others
Much of what we do involves teaming up with others who know about and are passionate about high quality teaching in the tertiary sector.
We work alongside adult and community education providers, wānanga, universities and industry training organisations, institutes of technology, polytechnics, as well as private training and workplace training providers.
We take every opportunity to share what we're learning about tertiary teaching excellence with New Zealand's policy and research organisations. We share our work with the Tertiary Education Commission, the Ministry of Education, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, the Industry Training Federation, the New Zealand Council for Educational Research and many more.
Whakahaerenga kākano-rua | A bicultural organisation
Ako Aotearoa aspires to be a bicultural organisation. We are guided by the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, our own Te Tauākī Ako service delivery framework and our Māori caucus. We are committed to improving the participation, engagement and success of Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand's tertiary education sector.
Our annual reports contain highlights of previous years' activities.
Ā Mātou Whakaputanga
Shared Strategic Agenda
Project Synthesis Reports
Ako Aotearoa was established in 2007
2,127 Professional Learning and Development participants in 2021
10 Co-Funded projects completed in 2021
465 Digital badges awarded in 2021