Te Whatu Kairangi awardees

Every year, our country's top tertiary educators are recognised and celebrated at Te Whatu Kairangi (previously named the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards).

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About the awards

These national Awards were established in 2001 and celebrate outstanding educators across the tertiary education sector who are making a difference to learners, their whānau and communities. These awards are about building sector capability for learner success in Aotearoa.

From 2008, Ako Aotearoa has managed Te Whatu Kairangi on behalf of the Ministry of Education. Since then, we have recognised and celebrated more than 150 innovative, passionate, outstanding tertiary educators from Adult & Community Education, Industry Training Organisations, Institutes of Technology/Polytechnics, Private Training Establishments, Universities and Wānanga.

In 2021, nine teachers received sustained excellence awards for their contribution to tertiary teaching and learning under the General and Kaupapa Māori categories. The Prime Minister's Supreme Award winner was Dr Latika Samalia, Professional Practice Fellow at the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Otago.