Our Work

Visit Programmes and Services for more on our services for educators, including Te Whatu Kairangi and Manako.

Tō mātou takohanga | Our role

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.

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Guided by the Tertiary Education Strategy, we partner and collaborate with tertiary organisations, Government departments, wider industry and workplaces to prioritise educational and cultural capability building. We value learners as partners and advocate for diverse learners through their education journey – wherever they choose to learn across our tertiary system.

Read our Shared Strategic Agenda | Koronga Rautaki Mahitahi

Our strategic goals

Our 2021-2023 business plan is built around five Strategic Goals linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and our core values:

  1. Te Tiriti o Waitangi guides all that we do as we seek to be a leading body for the tertiary sector in a diverse Aotearoa New Zealand.
  2. Leading change in teaching and learning excellence and educational capability.
  3. Valuing learners as partners – their diverse voices, experiences and aspirations.
  4. Tackling racism and bias wherever it occurs with strengths-based approaches to improve educational outcomes for Māori and Pacific Peoples.
  5. Building language, literacy, numeracy and cultural capability in foundation and bridging education and workplace learning.

Government agency strategies

We are also guided by:

Supporting Documents

Corporate publication

Tō Tātou Anamata | Our Future 2021-2023

An introduction to Ako Aotearoa's work and priorities for 2021-2023.

(PDF, 1.7 MB)

  • 28 July 2023

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Our People

We are a small, but skilled and dynamic team located throughout New Zealand, close to where teaching and learning happens.

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Programmes and Services

Our programmes and services align with the Tertiary Education Strategy to support tertiary and vocational education in Aotearoa.

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Our Partners

We value the ongoing relationships we have with our partners and other stakeholders.