Te Rito

Supporting ākonga and learner wellbeing and success throughout their learning journey.

What we're planning for 2023-24

Since Te Rito was paused, we have addressed the technical barriers to the secure transfer of data from SMS into Te Rito, enabling the programme to be restarted safely. We are working closely with the Te Rito sector working groups, Ngā Rau Whakatupu Māori and Auraki, to plan and implement the restart.

We remain focused on enabling data to follow learners, by connecting kura and schools. Our current plan is to upgrade existing users, then extend deployment on a targeted basis. We are assessing the idea of kura and schools having the opportunity to opt-in later in Term 3.

In line with our kaupapa, sector engagement and co-design will be at the forefront of all decision-making. We are working with the Te Rito working groups, Ngā Rau Whakatupu Māori and Auraki to co-design the restart, with the intention that the implementation in kura and schools will be led by the sector.

The groups remain strongly committed to achieving the aims of Te Rito:

  • to enable learner data to follow ākonga throughout their education journeys
  • to protect learner data from cyber-attack and privacy breaches.

Overarching principle

Our tamariki are our taonga, so it stands to reason that the information about them is also taonga. 'Me tiaki te mana o te tamaiti me tōna whānau (protect and uphold the mana of the child and their whānau)' is the guiding principle of Te Rito and how it will be used: placing learners and their whānau at the centre of the system design and build. 

Trusted information used to support learning

The information in Te Rito belongs to ākonga and learners. The Ministry does not have access to ākonga, learner, kura or school information held in Te Rito.

Te Rito uses leading privacy(external link) and security practices and is based on technology licensed from Edsby(external link).

More Information

For more information, please visit the dedicated Te Rito Website(external link).

Feedback is welcome and questions are encouraged. Please email them to terito@education.govt.nz.

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