Māori and Pacific learner success in foundation learning

Ako Aotearoa has a wealth of resources, research, and professional learning opportunities to help you support your Māori and Pacific learners to succeed.


Māori Learner Success - Cultural Capability Resources
Videos and tools for educators covering topics such as using Māori pedagogies and culturally responsive teaching and learning methods, including the model of mātauranga Māori by Professor Mason Durie known as Te Whare Tapa Whā.

Pacific Learner Success - Cultural Capability Resources
Videos and tools covering using Pacific pedagogies and culturally responsive teaching and learning methods.

The Ranga Framework/He Raranga Kaupapa
The Ranga Framework, developed by Professor Wiremu Doherty, provides a comprehensive approach to engaging Māori learners. The key idea behind the Ranga Framework is that local context is extremely important in literacy and language learning

Māori and Pacific Literacy and Numeracy - Videos from He Taunga Waka Wānanga
Videos explore Māori and Pacific literacy and numeracy and cover topics such as indigenous notions of success, what makes a difference to outcomes and the impact of financial wellbeing on access to education.

Utilising Māori and Pacific pedagogies in literacy learning
Information and resources related to improving learning, engagement, motivation and progression rates of Māori and Pacific learners. Covers topics such as extending learners’ vocabulary, strategies for decoding unknown words, and comprehension.

Creating a space to talk about the Tuakana-Teina pedagogy for tertiary educators
Covers topics such as defining Tuakana-Teina, reasons for talking about it with tertiary educators, distinction between Tuakana-Teina and peer mentoring models, and identifying the ‘spaces’ to talk.

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A selection of Ako Aotearoa research projects with a foundation learning and cultural capability focus:

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Pathways: self-directed online learning

Our Māori Cultural Capability and Pacific Cultural Centredness pathways offer foundation-level educators a great springboard to gaining the cultural knowledge you need to support your Māori and Pacific learners to succeed.

  • Māori Cultural Capability has four pathways structured around Tikanga Māori values: Ako, Rangatiratanga, Manaakitanga and whanaungatanga.
  • Pacific Cultural Centredness has seven modules based on different Pacific nations: Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu.


In addition, these courses run by the Manako Programme will help foundation-level educators build cultural capability:

Ako Aotearoa offers a number of other courses for supporting Māori and Pacific learners, including popular Te Tiriti o Waitangi courses:

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