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.
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