Partnering with families, employers, iwi and communities

When Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako choose to partner with parents, iwi and Pacific groups, it contributes to improving the quality of learning and lifting the aspirations of their learners.

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  • Boards
  • Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako
  • Community and iwi 
  • Principals and tumuaki
  • Teachers and kaiako
  • Parents, caregivers and whānau

This page describes the benefits of Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako creating strong partnerships with parents, iwi and Pacific groups. Advice and resources regarding creating and maintaining these connections is also provided.


See our Parents website for tailored information about Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

Parents website(external link)

Iwi partnerships

Many Māori learners are connected to their whānau, hapū and iwi. Because of these connections, forming partnerships with these wider groups is important when working with Māori leaners.

Iwi are Treaty of Waitangi partners as well as part of a local community. Their involvement in a Community of Learning can help accelerate the progression and achievement of Māori learners by:

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

Follow the links below to learn how to contact local iwi and strengthen partnerships with them.

Te Kāhui Māngai (Directory of Iwi and Māori organisations) – Te Puni Kōkiri(external link)

(external link)Tātaiako: Cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners – Teaching Council NZ(external link)

Hautū – Māori cultural responsiveness self review tool for boards – NZSTA(external link)

Pacific partnerships

The active involvement of parents, family and community in a Community of Learning will support and boost Pacific children’s progress and achievement.

Parents and families can make a significant difference to their children’s achievement. A partnership between Pacific people and a Community of Learning will incorporate the strength and influence of parents, families and communities and support educational success of Pacific learners.

Supporting Pasifika success

Talanoa Ako programme for parents, families and communities

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