Project Details

A project, being undertaken by Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, to explore the relationship between te reo, kaupapa, mātauranga, and Māori achievement in numeracy and how cultural pedagogies might enhance numeracy teaching and learning in Wānanga.


The aims of the project are to:

  • investigate the place of equitable privileging of mātauranga and reo ā-Iwi (tribal knowledge and language) with mātauranga and reo of numeracy (numeracy knowledge and language), in tertiary teaching and learning
  • determine what kind of model for teaching and learning of numeracy could be most applicable in Wānanga settings
  • design a learning/teaching tool that is able to manage needs for mātauranga and te reo ā-iwi and mātauranga and te reo numeracy
  • identify barriers for Māori students’ numeracy achievement and identify numeracy needs of Māori students across disciplines
  • provide evidence for the design, implementation and evaluation of innovative and sustainable numeracy education models for Wānanga students and kaiako/teachers.


A mixed method approach will be used, both qualitative and quantitative, which will include:

  • a literature review of adult numeracy teaching and learning
  • gathering qualitative data across disciplines through interviews, regarding kaiako and student perspectives of student attitudes, proficiency, and confidence with numeracy
  • gathering quantitative data using student numeracy assessment tool results and a survey tool
  • analysing the quantitative and qualitative data together to provide a broader view of whether there is a (mis)match of student’s numeracy attitudes, confidence and proficiency
  • mapping the numeracy data, students’ perspectives and attitudes, and their views and priorities, for te reo and mātauranga ā-Iwi.


Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi

Pania Te Maro

Project leader

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi

Associate Professor Vaughan Bidois

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi

Liza Kohunui

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi


In progress


$30,410.00 (excl GST)

$14,600.00 Hei Toko Project Fund
$15,810.00 Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Key Findings

Key Recommendations