Project Details

This project, undertaken by Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, sought to understand teacher influence on qualification outcomes for Māori students within the Certificate in Fitness programme at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. 


The project aimed to find out how teachers in the ITP environment can improve learning outcomes for Māori students.


The project used a mixed-methods approach founded on kaupapa Māori and Purakau methodologies.

Nine focus groups were created, with each group consisting of past students of the Cert4fitness programme to represent their respective cohorts from 2010-2018.

Interviews were conducted with the graduates to identify factors that led to positive outcomes for Māori learners. 

Intended outcomes

Tauira (student) impact:

  • improved learning outcomes and confidence for Māori tauira
  • increased support of Māori tauira to develop their own success as Māori.

Kaiako (teacher) impact:

  • enhanced understanding of kaupapa Māori principles to support Māori learner outcomes
  • increased levels of teaching competency of Māori tauira for Academic staff.

Organisational impact: 

  • greater Māori tauira retention, completion and success
  • better organisational support for Māori tauira.


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Kelly Pender

Project Leader

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
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Tiana Reihana

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology




$11,000.00 (excl GST)

$11,000.00 Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Key Findings

Key Recommendations

Full report

Effective learning for Māori students on the Certificate in Fitness programme – Final report

Final report from the Toi Ohomai project, 'How ITP/Polytechnic teachers can create better graduate outcomes for Māori learners.

  • 30 September 2021
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