What is Tapatoru?

The Tapatoru Ako Professional Practice Award

Tapatoru is a professional development framework, a reflective practice tool, and a whole-organisation approach to capability building. There is a Tapatoru Individual Award for educators and learning support practitioners, and a Tapatoru Organisation Award for Tertiary Education Organisations.

For a deeper look at the metaphorical model underpinning the Tapatoru, read more about Te Pā Harakeke Tapatoru.

Professional values, professional knowledge and professional practice

Tapatoru has been designed to support the professionalising of the tertiary education sector, and to ensure the continued professional development of the tertiary education workforce. The word Tapatoru means ‘triangle’. It is a holistic, learner-centred framework that incorporates Mātauranga Māori and integrates three dimensions:

  • Professional values: Ō tātou uara - What we value
  • Professional knowledge: Ō tātou mōhiotanga - What we understand
  • Professional practice: Ā tātou mahi - What we do

Our Tapatoru facilitators will work with your staff to ensure they meet the standards for professional values, knowledge and practice that are needed to maximise learner success.

Watch these short videos to see how the Tapatoru can make a difference:

More information

Read more about Tapatoru in our Tapatoru FAQs or check out the Tapatoru flyer.

We also offer free monthly Tapatoru information sessions. Contact us to register for the public session or to book a private session for your organisation.

Supporting Documents


Tapatoru | Flyer

Find out about the Tapatoru Ako Professional Practice Award.

(PDF, 935 KB)

  • 26 May 2023


Tapatoru | Ako Professional Practice Framework

Poster with a diagram showing the Tapatoru Ako Professional Practice Framework.

(PDF, 84 KB)

  • 17 May 2023

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How to register

Find out how the process works, and how to register.


A welcome from our facilitators

Graeme Smith and Annette Tofaeono will support you on your Tapatoru journey.