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Māori achieving success as Māori

The Board is accountable for the performance of the school, which is focused on raising student achievement for all students. This includes making decisions that support Māori learners to enjoy and achieve education success, as Māori.

The board documents its goals for Māori student achievement in its charter/strategic plan. These goals reflect the aspirations of the school's Māori community - mana whenua, iwi, hapū, whānau - for its tamariki and rangatahi. 

To achieve these goals, NZSTA has developed resources focused on supporting and enabling your board to ensure that the implications, obligations and spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi are implemented and upheld.

Not sure where to start? Scroll below for resources and video links. You can also click on Leadership and Monitoring


Your responsibilities as a board

Section 5 of the Education and Training Act 2020 (the Act) outlines the education and learning objectives for early childhood, primary and secondary education in New Zealand. The first objective is “to help each child and young person attain their educational potential."

Section 127 of the Act outlines the board’s four primary objectives in governing its school. Each objective has equal weight. One of those four objectives is to ensure the school gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in ways that include: 

  • working to ensure that the school’s plans, policies and local curriculum reflect local tikanga Māori, mātauranga Māori, and te ao Māori
  • taking all reasonable steps to make instruction available in tikanga Māori and te reo Māori
  • achieving equitable outcomes for Māori students

National Administration Guideline (NAG) 2 requires each school board, with the principal and teaching staff, to report to the school’s community on the progress and achievement of students as a whole and of students and groups of students with specified needs. The reporting is to be against the board’s plans and targets outlined in its charter/strategic plan and based on good quality assessment information; and must include the progress and achievement of Māori students. 

The government’s strategic direction for Māori student achievement is clearly outlined in its refreshed Ka Hikitia  - Ka Hāpaitia | the Māori Education Strategy.  




If we want to maximise the relationship that schools have with families, then families have to be part of determining that relationship. For too long in education, we, as educators, have tried to define how communities will participate with us.

Dr Mere Berryman


Why is Māori student achievement so important to the whole school?

Education Review Office data show that raising the achievement of Māori students is not only of benefit to Māori students, but has the effect of raising the achievement of students across the school. 



What questions can the board ask? Here are some examples:

  • Do your consultation processes include meaningfully engaging with whānau, hapū and iwi to hear what aspirations they hold for their tamariki and rangatahi?   
  • What goals in your charter/strategic plan aim to achieve excellent and equitable educational outcomes for your Māori learners?
  • Are you planning to recruit and resource professional learning and development to build your staff capacity and confidence in tikanga Māori and te reo Māori at your school?
  • Does your board receive regular reports from your principal, supported by clear and well-analysed data? Does the board use these reports to monitor what works to support excellent educational outcomes for your ākonga?


How professional development will help

Professional development is a great way to improve your knowledge, skills and confidence as a board. Click on Knowledge Hub for upcoming courses for your board.

NZSTA also offers boards Hautū - Māori cultural responsiveness self-review tool.

If your board would like more information, please contact

Professional Development

Ka Hikitia – Ka Hāpaitia | the Māori Education Strategy

Ministry of Education

Learn about the refreshed Ka Hikitia, which is part of the Education Work Programme.

Ka Hikitia – Ka Hāpaitia is now a cross-agency strategy and organising framework for action. It aims to make system shifts in the education sector, which includes all schooling, as well as early learning, and tertiary education provision.

Ka Hikitia – Ka Hāpaitia is for all Māori learners, and is a companion to Tau Mai Te Reo which is for all learners. 


Other content

More about effective governance

Ministry of Education publications on this page, include Supporting education success as Māori. They cover your board’s important governance role and the responsibilities that go with it.

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