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Kia Puāwaitia Ngā Tūmanako: Critical Issues for Whānau in Māori Education

This kaupapa Māori research project responded to criticisms that research in the field of Māori education is often not determined by whānau or for whānau. This is particularly the case for whānau and Māori communities at the ‘chalk face’ working in Māori education.   This study was guided by the overarching goal of bringing together the collective wisdom, aspirations, and experiences of whānau. It was based around a collaboration with other Māori education researchers, and communities committed to Māori educational aspirations. For this project we explored: 

  • What are the critical issues for whānau in education?

  • What do whānau want for their tamariki and mokopuna?

  • What facilitates these visions from education?

  • What counter these visions?

  • What do we need to know more about to facilitate the outcomes that whānau want from education?

The findings from this study have built a collaborative Māori-led and whānau-informed research agenda for Te Wāhanga, NZCER over the next 5 years.

You can read the full report on the findings of this study. Additionally, an English-language summary of the findings, as well as a reo Māori version, are also available.

Project team: Jessica Hutchings, Alex Barnes, Katrina Taupo, and Nicola Bright, with Leonie Pihama and Jenny Lee.