Te Tau Hou Māori


Tēnā koe e te rangatira e tautoko nei i tēnei kaupapa, ko Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa (NKAI). Ahakoa kaiako mai, tumuaki, mātua, tauira, kaitautoko o tētāhi o a tātou hapū, o a tātou iwi o te motu whānui ranei - e mihi ana. 

I roto i tēnei pānui ko ngā whakamārama o ētahi o ngā kaupapa matua ō NKAI. Ko Te Rautaki o NKAI (NKAI Strategy 2020 Forward, Te Ara Toa (progressions project), Te Whare Whakaako, NKAI Collaboration Space and more.

He tau uaua tēnei mō ngā kaiako NCEA nōreira kua whakaritea ētehi kāhui āwhina, ā ko ngā Kairuruku (Collaboration Leads) kei te arataki i ēnei. Kei te karanga hoki ki ngā mātanga o tēnā marau o tēnā marau hei whakakīkī i ngā tūranga kairuruku e wātea tonu ana.Kei te whakarite hui motuhake mō te NCEA hei āwhina hoki.

Ngā manaakitanga, 

Nā mātou Ngā Ringa Wera


Te Rautaki o Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa

Anei rā te rautaki o Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa mō tēnei tau ki tua. I timata te waihanga i tēnei rautaki i te tau 2019. I tēnei tau, kua timata ki te whakatū ētehi o ngā wāhanga o roto hei painga mō ngā kura o tō tātou kaupapa. E rua tekau mā tahi tau te roa o te rautaki nei, hēoi, ka tika me hoki tonu atu ki tēnei rautaki kia mōhio pai tātou he oranga kei roto mō ō tātou tamariki mokopuna.


The triangle figure at the top of the NKAI model represents our vision for our Uri and their Mana Motuhake. Our NKAI vision is “Te Tihi o Angitu” which consists of our three Pou and focuses on “He Uri Whai”: 1. Tukuihotanga 2. Mātauranga 3. Oranga.

At the base of the diagram is our infrastructure where the purpose is to ensure that NKAI has the capability to effectively serve our people across our network of school, communities and iwi. Our key foci are Leadership, Advocacy and Partnership, Business Functions which include Administration, Finance and HR, IT Infrastructure to Support Communication, Collaboration and Teaching and Learning, Growth of our NKAI Network and Membership, Te Ara ToA – Our Tihi o Angitu Uri development framework that focuses on Uri Potential, Progress and Achievement.

The middle section of our NKAI Strategy Model consists of three "Whare” whose purpose is to build the capacity of our people with a specific focus on our Leaders including Boards, Principals and the emerging leaders (Te Whare Arataki), Teachers and Support Staff to grow excellent teaching practice and support their wellbeing (Te Whare Whakaako), Students by directly providing learning and development initiatives to support their learning and life journey (Te Whare Angitu).

For further detail please refer to the NKAI Strategy Overview document which sets out an outline for the next 21 years. As you are all aware the world, education and te Ao Māori is constantly evolving, and therefore we will continually review our strategy to ensure that what we do is relevant, meaningful and valuable to our Kura, our whānau and our communities.


Te Ara ToA is an incredibly important project for our kaupapa because it sets out the foundation and general guidelines and progressions to support students to achieve their personal “Tihi o Angitu”. Dr Shane Edwards and Roxanne Smith were commissioned to lead the development of Te Ara ToA and they are working closely with three groups (Ohu) of kaiako and tumuaki from our many kura. Those three groups represent each pou of Te Tihi o Angitu, (1) Tukuihotanga, (2) Mātauranga and (3) Oranga.

Some key points regarding Te Ara ToA for you to be aware of are:

  • Te Ara ToA is about Personal Potential, Progress and Achievement of our Uri.
  • We like the term, Ngā Tihi o Angitu because it suggests that rangatahi will not all reach the same peak but will achieve their own personal potential.
  • We celebrate the journey of our Uri as they progress and achieve along their journey.
  • This is not just about our Uri graduating as Manu Pīrere. It is about each student’s journey and progress along the way.
  • Personal excellence is an expectation.
  • There are many “Tihi” in our model. Our Uri achieve their own “Tihi” based on their strengths, challenges, passions and goals.

Thank you to the members of the three Ohu (Pou Tukuihotanga, Pou Mātauranga, Pou Oranga) who met to review the Pou and begin to develop the progressions. Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa.




We have our first wānanga on NCEA-Connected Learning in Hamilton on Friday 18 September. This one-day wānanga is focused on NCEA Integration led by Maurie Abraham (Principal) and Di Cavallo (Deputy Principal) of Hobsonville Point Secondary School. On November 6 we will have a follow up wānanga for this group and they will be able to observe this kaupapa in action.

NKAI NCEA JUMBO DAY - Date & Venue to be confirmed

NKAI is planning a NCEA Jumbo Day to support Teachers to come together, receive NCEA support and collaborate in their subject areas. A reminder to you all is that Kura are not expected to make up for this day at the end of the year as set out by MOE. We expect that our Kairuruku will be facilitating groups as well as other experts in subject areas where we do not yet have Kairuruku.



The next Oranga Tumuaki Hui is set for 26 November 2020 and will be held at Distinction Hotel in Rotorua the day before the AGM. As part of the plan to grow leadership, we would like to extend the invitation to all of our Tumuaki and encourage them to invite one to two members of their leadership team to attend also. NKAI will cover all costs at the venue. We ask Kura to cover your own travel costs. We have yet to determine the program for this event, however the theme of these particular hui is focused on leadership and their wellbeing (Whai Oranga).

Follow the link below to suggest a topic for the Oranga Tūmuaki Hui.



We have been working on bringing together a group of tools to ensure that anyone in our NKAI membership can come together to co-create, problem solve and develop resources that will enhance the capability of members at any level of our kaupapa.

The NKAI Collaboration Space currently uses the following tools and we will be adding to our technology stack as we explore new tools that we believe will support our infrastructure.

1. Microsoft Teams

The Ringa Wera and Ringa Raupā Executive team will continue to use Microsoft 365 as our primary platform for the operations of Ngā Kura ā Iwi.

2. Google Suite (G-Suite)

Google Suite will be the primary platform for 'Te Whare Whakaako', that is, professional development and sharing and co-creation of resources will be shared here. For example, the NKAI Kairuruku will use G-Suite as the main environment for leading for collaboration with their NCEA Groups.

*Please note: You need a Google Account (available free online) or you can use your Google for Education Account to connect successfully in this space. Not sure what type of email account your school uses? Contact your Kura office.

3. Zoom

Zoom will be our primary tool for video conferencing and any future webinars we may deliver.

TIP: Zoom for Education is available for schools at a discounted rate. A Zoom basic account is also FREE if you wish to host your own video conferencing. You do not need a Zoom Account to join a Zoom hui hosted by NKAI.

4. Eventbrite

Eventbrite will continue to be the main platform for members to register for in-person events such overnight PLD hui and conferences.

KMS: He Ingoa? He Tohu?

He karanga tēnei ki ngā tāngata e hiahia ana ki te āwhina i a mātou ki te kimi ingoa, ki te waihanga tohu hoki mō te KMS - ara te Kura Management System.

Duane Grace of EDU Systems (previously known as FirstTec) created and developed a student management system alongside member of Ngā Kura ā Iwi over the past several years. The system has been referred to as the Kura Management System but is now ready to take on a commercial identity.

Contact Te Rāhui August at terahui@kuraaiwi.maori.nz if you would like to get involved. We will have series of Zoom hui to discuss our options.

New Resources



These online courses cover a wide range of NCEA subjects and levels were developed by Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura). The resources are aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum, meet NCEA requirements and can be used to supplement schools’ curriculum content. Ākonga in wharekura may use this platform to support their studies towards NCEA standards derived from the New Zealand Curriculum.

If your school would like to register your interest in ClassroomNZ2020 when it becomes available, have a school leader email us at: interestinclassroomnz2020@education.govt.nz