The National Education Goals (NEGs)

The National Education Goals (NEGs) were amended in December 2004 to include the reference to physical activity in clause 5. The National Administration Guidelines (NAGs) were also amended. The NEGs are due to be repealed on commencement of the new strategic planning and reporting framework, that is, 1 January 2023.

Education is at the core of our nation's effort to achieve economic and social progress. In recognition of the fundamental importance of education, the Government has set the National Education Goals (NEGs) for the education system of New Zealand.

The NEGs

The NEGs are also available in te reo Māori.

National Education Goals in te reo Māori [DOC, 46 KB]


The highest standards of achievement, through programmes which enable all students to realise their full potential as individuals, and to develop the values needed to become full members of New Zealand's society.


Equality of educational opportunity for all New Zealanders, by identifying and removing barriers to achievement.


Development of the knowledge, understanding and skills needed by New Zealanders to compete successfully in the modern, ever-changing world.


A sound foundation in the early years for future learning and achievement through programmes which include support for parents in their vital role as their children's first teachers.


A broad education through a balanced curriculum covering essential learning areas. Priority should be given to the development of high levels of competence (knowledge and skills) in literacy and numeracy, science and technology and physical activity.


Excellence achieved through the establishment of clear learning objectives, monitoring student performance against those objectives, and programmes to meet individual need.


Success in their learning for those with learning support needs by ensuring that they are identified and receive appropriate support.


Access for students to a nationally and internationally recognised qualifications system to encourage a high level of participation in post-school education in New Zealand.


Increased participation and success by Māori through the advancement of Māori education initiatives, including education in te reo Māori, consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

NEG 10

Respect for the diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of New Zealand people, with acknowledgment of the unique place of Māori, and New Zealand's role in the Pacific and as a member of the international community of nations.

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