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(Re)defining notions of success, support networks, and aspirations through the eyes of Māori and Pacific communities - COMPASS

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We partnered with Associate Professor Melinda Webber (University of Auckland) to collaborate with her on the analysis of data already collected. Melinda’s research “Kia tū rangatira ai ngā iwi Māori: Living, succeeding, and thriving as iwi Māori” focuses on cultural identity, and how people learn and strive in educational settings from the perspectives of ākonga, kaiako, and whānau. 

COMPASS explores notions of success, support networks, and aspirations for ākonga Māori, as reported by ākonga Māori, whānau Māori, and kaiako Māori. This project will also seek to explore the above notions from the perspectives of Pasifika learners and their families. 

Team members are: Mohamed Alansari, Kiri Edge, Renee Tuifagalele, Sinead Overbye.

Research question(s) 

  1. What are the motivational and engagement patterns of Māori and Pasifika learners? 
  1. What are kaiako Māori perspectives on the teaching practices and dispositions that make a positive difference for ākonga Māori? 
  1. How can we create and become inspiring, encouraging, and supportive role models for ākonga Māori?   
  1. What are the perspectives of Pasifika learners and families on what makes a positive difference for Pasifika learners? 


We are undertaking quantitative and qualitative analyses of survey data collected by Melinda Webber for her project described above. We have selected four areas of questioning for analysis that align with the following NZCER’s strategic priorities:

  • Upholding mana Māori, whakamana Māori  
  • Improving equity for akonga and equity in education
  • Influencing the future of education

We will be producing a report with four studies to address them.