Tertiary education and industry training leaders will discuss advancement of Māori teaching and learning in Manukau at the Tuia Te Ako conference from 1-3 August.

This three-day national hui is hosted by Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, in partnership with New Zealand’s 11 Industry Training Organisations (ITOs). This year is the first time, since its inception nine years ago, that industry training bodies have taken a lead role in the conference and reflects the growing visibility of vocational and trades training in New Zealand’s tertiary education system.

Central to the conference programme is teaching and learning with an emphasis on models of teaching practices which deliver success for Māori. The term “Ararau” in the title refers to the “Hundred pathways” to training and employment available through the trades sector.

Ms Helen Lomax, Director of Ako Aotearoa says “Tuia Te Ako is an important national hui for anyone working with and supporting Māori educators and learners in tertiary education, including in industry training and workplaces. It brings together attendees, presenters and esteemed guests from across Aotearoa to explore an intersection of ideas, priorities and actions to grow Māori learner success. Traditional values from te Ao Māori are integral, and hapū, iwi, regional or national level issues are also considered to inform the future where parity of tertiary education outcomes for Māori is a given.”

Mr Stuart Lawrence, Chair of Te Rautaki Whakarōpū Māori of the Industry Training Federation says the event is a catalyst for unlocking potential of current and future Māori learners. “This exchange will help extend, replicate, scale and modify existing initiatives. Māori and non-Māori from across the educational spectrum will engage in new conversations and collaborations, spur new ideas, and build success upon success. In doing so, we can assist whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori communities to achieve their own aspirations.”

Tuia Te Ako will be attended by Hon Minister Willie Jackson Minister of Employment. Over the three days, leaders of industry, community and entrepreneurship will share their experiences of bringing mātauranga Māori into sectors such as architecture, construction, health and primary industries.  Representatives of the 11 ITOs will present exemplars and trade displays which showcase their work around greater Māori participation, reducing barriers, improving rates of course completion, and transitions into work and/or further study.

This hui is open to all people involved with Māori educational advancement. It will be of particular interest to Māori educators, lecturers, and researchers. It also includes careers guidance counsellors and non-Māori working with Māori learners and those people working beyond the walls of educational institutions including policy designers, funders, industry and community programme developers, resource developers and assessors. Trade displays will be set up, to which we intend to bring busloads of local Māori pupils and students with the view to exposing them to the myriad of vocational pathways and inspiring them to pursue further education.

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