Project Details

Hūtia Te Punga (lift up the anchor) was a two year collaborative partnership with Ako Aotearoa, Te Tapuae o Rehua, Otago Polytechnic, the Building and Construction ITO and Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre.

The project is part of a larger change agenda to drive systems-level change to improve the educational experience and outcomes for Māori learners.

Aims: 

The project aimed to:

  • Explore levers for change in relation to Māori student achievement.
  • Explore the potential of culturally responsive professional learning as a means to redressing inequities of Māori in vocational training.
  • Identify opportunities to leverage systems-level change across the tertiary training system.
  • Generate actionable outcomes across the three sites.

Methodology:

The project's kaupapa Māori methodology focused on:

  • power sharing and co-constructed learning between kaiako/tutors/assessors/leaders and the implementation team at three unique sites
  • an iterative and staged approach to implementation of culturally responsive professional learning and development
  • a qualitative case study using interviews, focus groups and surveys to identify levers for change and actionable outcomes.

Intended outcomes: 

  • Enhance and/or build on the tauira/tutor/kaiako/assessor existing relationships.
  • Increase site specific connection to iwi and hapū networks.
  • Increase and/or build culturally responsive practices with practitioners and wider staff.
  • Identify levers for change across the organisation, practitioner, learner and wider tertiary training vocational sector.

Team

Te Tapuae o Rehua

Dr Eruera Prendergast-Tarena

Te Tapuae o Rehua
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Dr Porsha London

Te Tapuae o Rehua
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Piripi Prendergast

Te Tapuae o Rehua
otago polytechnic

Janine Kapa

Otago Polytechnic
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Sharon Armstrong

Te Tapuae o Rehua
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Melany Tainui

Te Tapuae o Rehua
bcito

Vai Punivai

Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO)
UC

Dr Sonja Macfarlane

University of Canterbury
bcito

Brett Fleming

Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO)

Dr Joe Kuntz

Independent Consultant and Researcher
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Claire McIntyre

Te Tapuae o Rehua

Status

Completed

Funding

$150,000.00 (excl GST)

$150,000.00 Te Tapuae o Rehua, University of Canterbury, Otago Polytechnic, the Building and Construction ITO, and Whenua Kura

Key Findings

Key Recommendations

Report

Hūtia Te Punga

This report from the project Hūtia Te Punga, provides the background to the project and shares the critical findings and change recommendations.

(PDF, 17 MB, 56-pages)

  • 20 December 2019
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Summary report

Hūtia Te Punga

This summary report from the project Hūtia Te Punga provides an introduction to the project and summary findings for all three sites (Industry, classrooms and residence-based trades training).

(PDF, 4.8 MB, 18-pages)

  • 20 December 2019
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Guide

Hūtia Te Punga workshop guide

For too long, the tertiary sector has underperformed in delivering quality education to Māori students. Hūtia Te Punga provides research insights from three very different tertiary programmes. It highlights both challenges faced and examples of best practice. This discussion guide helps you think more deeply about these and relate them to your own work and experiences. 

(225 KB, 1-page)

  • 20 December 2019
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Video

Hūtia Te Punga Janine

Janine from Otago Polytechnic talks about Māori student success from a leadership perspective and some of the strategies that they have implemented. 

  • 12 May 2020
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Video

Māori Student Success at Telford: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Four tutors talk about what Culturally Responsive Teaching looks like at Telford.

  • 14 May 2020
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