Project Details

This project will design, deliver and evaluate the delivery of Mātauranga Māori to Māori students, with content delivered in Te Reo Māori across the subject areas of Health, Education and Social Sciences in a tertiary setting. The model used will provide an innovative and informative approach, evaluating how Te Reo speaking students can have a pathway into higher levels of a mainstream tertiary educational system.


This project aims to:

  • Use the newly approved Te Marautanga o Aotearoa UE Approved subjects in a new innovative and holistic approach to Māori student engagement and retention, in an educational innovation that is learner-centred and has not been previously explored. 
  • Design and develop institutional capabilities that develop Māori learner-centred systems, thereby increasing Māori student success.


The research will be grounded in Action Research and informed by Kaupapa Māori methodology that will include both quantitative and qualitative data collection.

The methods will include:

  • A systemic review of internal tertiary processes 
  • A thematic literature review
  • Co-design and evaluation of a sample curriculum - one multifaceted programme of study with Kura Kaupapa Māori
  • Interviews with students, staff and Kura Kaupapa Māori whānau
  • Student success (by assessment, course participation and course completion)


toi ohomai

Maria Ngawati

Toi Ohomai
toi ohomai

Tepora Emery

Toi Ohomai
toi ohomai

Sylvia Tapuke

Toi Ohomai

Keri Pewhairangi

Kura Kaupapa Consultant

Venus Ihakara

Kura Kaupapa Consultant
ministry of education

Carol Ngawati

Ministry of Education


In progress


$102,775.00 (excl GST)

$102,775.00 Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

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