Introducing Connected Ako

Connected Ako: Digital and Data for Learning is a 10-year strategy to guide the digital and data direction of New Zealand Government education agencies. 

It draws from the Government’s Digital Strategy for Aotearoa to explore the opportunities and challenges for the education sector.  

It is a strategy for the Government’s education agencies, led by the Ministry of Education (MOE), New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) who will form a plan of action based on the strategy.

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The broader education agencies – Education New Zealand (ENZ), Education Payroll Limited, Education Review Office (ERO), Network for Learning (N4L), Teaching Council, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) and Research Education Advanced Network New Zealand (REANNZ) – will refer to the strategy to guide their own plans and decisions. 

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Strategy at a glance


Download a summary graphic of the 'Strategy at a Glance' [PDF, 1.8 MB].

Te matawhānui | The vision

The vision

Te matawhānui
The vision

Te matawhānaui or the vision of the strategy is threefold:

  • Learners and educators can thrive – live, learn and work – in the digital world.

  • Learning, teaching, assessment and research make best use of data and digital.

  • People are digital and data capable, contributing to personal, community and New Zealand’s growth.

Ngā pūtake | The foundations

The foundations

Ngā pūtake
The foundations

The strategy is built on e toru ngā pūtake or three foundations:  

  • Te Tiriti  

Giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi anchors the strategy, to benefit all New Zealanders. 

Digital and data are powerful tools to give reality to partnership, participation and protection. Agencies will work with Māori and wider government to establish a framework for progressing digital and data initiatives that give effect to Te Tiriti. 

  • Equity 

Trusted digital and data services can help all learners and whānau, educators and providers, to flourish. 

Digital approaches and the right use of data can improve equity. Agencies will work with partners across government, with education providers, iwi, Pacific peoples, communities and with business on long-term, sustainable approaches to improve equity.  

  • Agencies working together 

By identifying long-term aims and outcomes, education agencies can help educators, learners and providers reap the benefits of digital and data. 

Education agencies have distinct responsibilities for different parts of the education sector. We bring different areas of expertise and accountability. We will work to give coherence and leadership to the sector. 

Te aronui | The focus

The focus

Te aronui
The focus


Building on the foundations


Te ao Māori in digital design

We weave together the insights of te ao Māori and the power of digital and data.  

Puna difference

Using data to make a difference   

A trusted data system can shape education for individuals, whānau, education organisations and system-wide improvement. 

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Safe and effective digital services

Secure, future-ready digital solutions are accessible, streamlined and cost-effective.


How we work


Engaging widely and effectively 

We will work with many to bring coherence and leadership – including education providers, iwi, technology providers, businesses and communities. 


Future-focused leadership  

Emerging trends and technologies can benefit learning and teaching, with expert scanning, planning and trialling.


To deliver


Transformed learning, teaching, assessment and research

Learning, teaching, assessment and research can be transformed by digital and data to lift wellbeing, maximise capability, and improve learning outcomes.

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