with families, employers, Iwi and community

Iwi Partnerships

A productive partnership between your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako and iwi starts with knowing that many Māori learners are connected to their whānau, hapū and iwi. Because of these connections, forming partnerships with these groups is important when working with Māori learners.

Iwi are Treaty partners as well as part of your community. Their involvement in your Community of Learning I Kāhui Ako can help accelerate the progression and achievement of Māori learners by helping:

  • strengthen the cultural responsiveness of teachers and leaders
  • embed iwitanga (identity, language and culture) into local curricula
  • support whānau to confidently engage with their child’s education provider.

Tipu mātoro, tipu mātoro i te ao
When success is realised, it is there for all to relish and enjoy

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako provide a new opportunity to strengthen relationships with iwi. At its heart, it’s about valuing the contribution education providers and iwi can make to achieving equitable outcomes for, and with, Māori learners and their whānau – collaborating and learning from each other.

Many iwi provide learning support programmes for tamariki and whānau including:

  • strengthening literacy and numeracy through building whānau capability to support tamariki at home
  • mentoring and tutoring to support NCEA achievement.

How this tool could be used

Productive partnerships between your teachers and their Māori students, whānau, iwi and communities are vital for effective teaching and learning. This is the focus of Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners

Boards of trustees are accountable for reviewing their schools’ cultural responsiveness. Tools such as Hautū – Māori cultural responsiveness self review tool for Boards of Trustees can assist in meeting these accountabilities. Find out more on the NZSTA website.

Related tools

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017

  • This document emphasises the value of working with hapū, iwi and Māori organisations to lift education performance for Māori. 

Whānau Education Action Plan (WEAPs)

  • The WEAP tool helps whānau map education goals. Whānau define their goals and what is happening in reality, and discuss how to take action. WEAPs are regularly reviewed to ensure the goals are achieved. Go to NZSTA's website and search: hautū and/or whānau education action plan.

Iwi Education Strategic Planning and Kāhui Ako achievement challenges

  • Many iwi have Education Strategies, often developed with local education providers. Iwi base their priorities on data and evidence from iwi education profiles

Some Kāhui Ako are incorporating iwi education priorities in their achievement challenges to achieve equitable outcomes for Māori learners. Go to the achievement challenges web page  (and scroll down the list to: he waka eke noa)

Action planning ideas

Kāhui Ako can develop or strengthen partnerships with iwi by discussing:

  • how you might engage with Māori in your community
  • what support you need to engage with mana whenua in your area
  • how you can use the local knowledge and iwitanga that resides in your community
  • how you could involve iwi in your decision-making
  • how you could talk with your local iwi about their Education Strategy and priorities and any learning support programmes they deliver
  • how to involve local iwi in setting your achievement challenges
  • how your local early learning service me ngā kōhanga reo engage with iwi.

Where to find out more

You can speak to your local Regional Director about partnering with your iwi or contact your local iwi directly.

Link with the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako Development Map

This tool will help your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako progress within Domain 5 of the Development Map: Partnering with families, employers, iwi and communities.