Growing Māori Medium Education

Associate Education Minister (Māori Education) Kelvin Davis has received Cabinet approval to develop a work programme to grow Māori Medium and Kaupapa Māori education in early learning, schooling and tertiary education.

As part of this work, Minister Davis intends to introduce legislation in early 2023 to provide a regulatory framework for growing Māori Medium education and Kaupapa Māori pathways.

The work programme will be developed in conjunction with a proposed Māori Education Oversight group. It aims for a target of 30 percent of Māori learners participating in Māori Medium and Kaupapa Māori schools and early learning services by 2040, and to grow the Kaupapa Māori workforce.

The development of a Māori Medium education and Kaupapa Māori pathways work programme in partnership with Māori supports education objectives of ākonga Māori, tamariki and rangatahi to be able to learn in a system where they can feel safe and confident in themselves and connected to their learning environments. Māori Medium education creates improved te reo, educational achievements and wellbeing outcomes for Māori learners, and supports the Government’s commitments to te reo Māori.

Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga discussions and consultations with sector stakeholders and Māori are under way, and these will be ongoing as the work programme is further developed.

The table below details advice provided that relates to this work.




4 October 2021 Work Programme to Grow Māori Medium and Kaupapa Māori Education [PDF, 1.1 MB] CAB-21-MIN-0395

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