Applying Ako in your practice

Event Details

10 March 2022

12:15 - 1:15pm


$50 +GST Register

Workshop details

This workshop is one of a series of seven. For information on the other workshops in this series, please see Applying Māori Cultural Capability

Ako (learning/teaching)

Ako is a traditional Māori value and cultural practice that means both 'to learn' and 'to teach'. In this way, a kaiako is a teacher, and an ākonga is a learner.      

Conceptualised as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology in tertiary education, ako is similar to the reciprocal learning and teaching methodology. This practice occurs between people who are sharing skills and knowledge.  

Topics covered

  • Ako as a traditional Māori value and cultural practice.
  • Ako as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology.
  • Some ways to apply Ako in your practice. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop participants will:  

  • have gained deeper insights into Ako, as both a contemporary Māori value and cultural practice, and as a current learning and teaching methodology  
  • respond to some activities about Ako.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for people who are seeking to expand their understanding and practice of Ako as a contemporary learning and teaching methodology. For more experienced tertiary practitioners and educators, this workshop will deepen their understanding of Ako (for ‘Tapatoru’ Professional Standards Framework – Papa tuarua me Papa tuatoru/Levels 2 and 3).

About the facilitators


Mei Winitana

Kia ora tātou katoa! He uri ahau i ngā iwi katoa o te waka o Mataatua, Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana, me Taranaki Whānui ki Waiwhetu. Tihei mauriora!  

Mei is Kaiwhakahaere Māori Cultural Capability at Ako Aotearoa, with extensive experience in the adult education sector. As a researcher, a resource developer and an experienced workshop facilitator, she works in several collaborative projects focusing on literacy, numeracy, and cultural capability for tertiary practitioners and educators; co-designing of iwi/tribal training and education plans; cultural strategic planning with organisations; development of a suite of Māori cultural capability resources with digital badges.


Liza Kohunui

Ko Te Arawa me Tūhoe ōku iwi, Ko Lisa Kohunui ahau!

Liza is currently the Literacy/Numeracy Co-ordinator for foundation level courses at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She is also one of a group of workshop facilitators contracted by Ako Aotearoa. With extensive experience in the tertiary sector, Liza has delivered programmes with the Department of Corrections and at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Ako Aotearoa badges 

Participants can earn Ako Aotearoadigital badges as evidence of participation and completion of workshop requirements.