Pacific Cultural Centeredness Pathway

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Improving Pacific learner success – new online tool aims to build cultural capability

5 September 2018

Pacific learner success, Māori learner success, Supporting staff, Cultural Capability Pathways Foundation and Bridging Education

This week, we launched the Pacific Cultural Centredness Pathway (PCCP) at the Pacific Tertiary Education Forum in Wellington. This free, online tool offers a great springboard for teachers and support staff to gain the cultural knowledge to enhance how they support their Pacific learners.

Driving this work is the need for the tertiary sector in Aotearoa to deliver high quality teaching and learning that is more culturally-appropriate for Pacific learners. This is particularly relevant for people working at the Foundation level of tertiary education (Levels 1-3) where literacy and numeracy skills are absolutely key to learner success and advancement.

This Pacific Cultural Centredness Pathway includes seven interactive modules based on different Pacific nations: Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu.

Each module focuses on:

  • The core values held by each Pacific nation.
  • Participation in activities and reflection to help embed the values in your knowledge bank.
  • Gaining practical tools to help you implement the values when engaging with Pacific learners.

Hosted on the PCCP is an offering from Ako Aotearoa’s professional learning and development kono (basket).


Message from PCCP co-developer Kolose Lagavale (Pacific Advisor, Ako Aotearoa)

"This set of resources can make an enormous difference to building confidence in connecting with Pacific learners. Staying connected to core values and indigenous heritage is paramount for Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa, New Zealand. These fundamental beliefs guided the development of the ‘Pasifika Cultural Centeredness Pathway’. The purpose of the PCCP is to enrich, support and strengthen cultural awareness among educators in the tertiary sector.”

More information:

The pathway is part of a broader portfolio of work dedicated to fostering learner success, including high Māori and Pasifika aspirations, and identifying best practice to make it mainstream. Also available is the Māori Cultural Capability Pathway, which Ako Aotearoa launched recently at the Tuia Te Ako Hui.

The Pathways Awarua website was developed by the Tertiary Education Commission to support adult and young adult learners to strengthen their literacy and numeracy skills in contexts that are relevant to New Zealanders. It is developed and managed by Education Technology.

Both pathways are available free online on