Tuia Te Ako

Supporting Māori learner success

Held most years since 2010, Tuia te Ako is our national Māori Tertiary Education Hui. The hui is strategically positioned as an opportunity for Māori in tertiary education as well as iwi, hapū and Māori community representatives from throughout the country to come together to share in discussion and debate on a range of issues that impact on the success of Māori learners.

Te Tiriti Waiata | Dr Joseph Te Rito

Tū mai te Tiriti | Upraising the Treaty in Tertiary Education – 2023 seminar series

In 2023 Ako Aotearoa introduced a Tuesday lunchtime series of free, online seminars – ‘Tū Mai Te Tiriti’ | ‘Upraising the Treaty in Tertiary Education’. Which ran in place of our in-person conference. 

  • 29 August  2023 – Annette Sykes (University of Auckland)
  • 19 September 2023 – Rosa Hibbert-Schooner (Te Mana Ākonga)
  • 10 October 2023 – Paora Ammunson, Janine Kapa and Warwick Pitts (Te Pūkenga)
  • 31 October 2023 – Robbie Paul (Waihanga Ara Rau), Ben Ngaia (Ringa Hora)
  • 21 November 2023 – Dr Te Rita Papesch

Watch Tū Mai Te Tiriti seminar series

Annette Sykes (University of Auckland)

Download Annette Sykes presentation. (PDF)

Rosa Hibbert-Schooner (Te Mana Ākonga)

Paora Ammunson, Janine Kapa and Warwick Pitts (Te Pūkenga)

Robbie Paul (Waihanga Ara Rau) and Ben Ngaia (Ringa Hora)

Dr Te Rita Papesch

History of Tuia Te Ako

In August 2010 the inaugural Māori tertiary education hui, Tuia Te Ako, was held at Pipitea marae, Wellington. It was agreed that there was a need for such a gathering for Māori educators to come together to reflect on and share aspects of tertiary teaching and learning and that the event would be an ideal forum to discuss and share existing models of good teaching practice with a focus on assisting whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori communities to achieve their aspirations.

In 2018, the event broadened to attract Māori and non-Māori educationalists, teachers, lecturers, pastoral carers, policy & programme developers, researchers, training practitioners throughout New Zealand and all people interested in advancing achievement of Māori. In 2022, the conference was held online, and was centred around the 50th anniversary celebration of the Te Reo Māori Petition.


Over the years, Tuia Te Ako has hosted a wealth of highly regarded experts in Māori tertiary education. Here are just a few of many highlights:

You will find many more presentations within the Tuia Te Ako collections in our Knowledge Centre.

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