Wānanga Enabling Framework Information Release

The Education and Training Amendment Bill (no.3) (the Bill) has been introduced, proposing a new enabling Wānanga Framework.

Wānanga play a unique role in the tertiary education sector because of their 'for Māori, by Māori' approach, commitment to and involvement with the protection and revitalisation of te ao, te reo and mātauranga Māori. The current settings for Wānanga do not reflect the unique role Wānanga play and does not enable them to express their rangatiratanga.

The Bill makes changes to the Education and Training Act 2020, proposing a new enabling framework for the Wānanga sector. This new framework was co-designed with the three Wānanga; Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Te Wānanga o Raukawa, and Te Whare o Wānanga Awanuiārangi. It proposes new fit-for-purpose administrative settings for Wānanga to recognise their mana, rangatiratanga and unique role.

This information release provides key documents and decisions that led to the development of the wānanga enable framework that is set out in the Bill. Some of the wānanga-related advice is captured in papers that also contain other matters relating to the Bill. You can find these papers here Education and Training Amendment Bill (No.3) and Regulatory Systems (Education) Amendment Bill – Education in New Zealand(external link)

In September 2022, we consulted on the Wānanga enabling framework. You can find more information about that consultation here: Consultation on Wānanga sector framework proposal - Ministry of Education Consultation Hub - Citizen Space.(external link)

Where information in these documents has not been released, the relevant Official Information Act 1982 grounds for withholding have been noted. 




08 June 2020 Te Hono Wānanga - exploring reform with the Wānanga sector [PDF, 1.1 MB] 1223372
15 July 2020 Proposed approach to Te Wānanga o Raukawa Whakatupu Mātauranga (WAI 2698) claim [PDF, 3.3 MB] 1234985
24 March 2021 Te Hono Wānanga - update and next steps [PDF, 3.3 MB] 1249106
16 September 2021 Te Hono Wānanga - legislative setting and new institutional arrangements [PDF, 889 KB] 1266119
14 April 2022 Establishing a Wānanga sector legislative framework and reconstituting Te Wānanga o Raukawa [PDF, 2.7 MB] 1283894
20 July 2022 Te Hono Wānanga - Seeking decisions on progressing either a Wānanga sector framework or stand alone legislation for Te Wānanga o Raukawa [PDF, 1.3 MB] 1290723
17 August 2022 Cabinet paper for Ministerial consultation on new legislative framework for Wānanga and the reconstitution of Te Wānanga o Raukawa [PDF, 1012 KB] 1293470
2 September 2022 Draft Cabinet Paper - Consultation on new legislative framework for Wānanga and the reconstitution of Te Wānanga o raukawa [PDF, 2 MB] 1294478
4 November 2022 Te Hono Wānanga - Summarising feedback from consultation on legislative change proposals [PDF, 793 KB] 1299319
17 February 2023 Report back to SWC for consultation: draft of Wānanga content proposed for inclusion in the Education and Training Bill [PDF, 4.4 MB] 1304694


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