Tapasā resource for teachers of Pacific learners now available

Tapasā, a resource to help teachers work better with Pacific learners, was launched on Friday 14 September.

Ministry of Education’s Early Learning and Student Achievement Associate Deputy Secretary Pauline Cleaver says Tapasā responds to a need to further support quality teaching and strong leadership for Pacific learners.

“This teaching resource includes case studies and practical ideas that will help teachers and school leaders to strengthen their understanding, skills and knowledge when teaching Pacific students from early learning through to secondary schooling.”

“Schools can also use it to inform the way they communicate with Pacific parents, families and the wider community as we all have a role to play to make a difference in a child’s educational success.”

“We are committed to building cultural competencies across the education workforce. We know that educational success is achieved when teachers recognise and build on what Pacific learners, their families and communities understand, know and value, and integrate these into their teaching practices.”

“I encourage all ECEs and schools, especially our non-Pacific leaders, teachers and boards to use this tool to engage with Pacific learners and enable them to achieve to their full potential.”

We’ve started delivering a set of hard copies of Tapasā to ECEs, schools and tertiary education providers.

Download an online copy of Tapasā.

Te Kete Ipurangi website

Next steps

Work on an implementation plan looking at ways to embed the concepts of Tapasā into teaching practices is due to start soon. The Education Council will lead this project in collaboration with expert teachers and leaders.


We developed Tapasā in close collaboration with an expert panel of Pacific educators and key Pacific community stakeholders through a series of talanoa workshops. “We want to thank everyone who provided input and support to develop Tapasā. It’s an important step towards developing a culturally responsive workforce,” says Pauline.

ECEs and schools who want to order additional hard copies can do so through Down the Back of the Chair.

Down the Back of the Chair website

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