Māori achieving success as Māori

The Board is accountable for the performance of the school, with a key focus on raising student achievement for all students. This includes making decisions that support Māori learners to enjoy and achieve education success, as Māori.

The board documents its goals for Māori student achievement in its charter/strategic plan. These goals will reflect the aspirations of the school's Māori community - mana whenua, iwi, hapū, whānau - for its tamariki and rangatahi.

To support boards achieve these goals, NZSTA has developed resources focused on enabling trustees to better understand the Treaty of Waitangi. They emphasise the responsibility boards have in ensuring that the implications, obligations and spirit of the Treaty are implemented and upheld.

Not sure where to start? A good place would be the Ministry of Education's strategy, Ka Hikitia Accelerating Success 2013–2017.

Keep scrolling below to find more resources.


Your responsibilities as a board

A key objective set out in section 1A of the Education Act 1989 (the Act) is that the sector will "focus on helping each child and young person to attain educational achievement to the best of his or her potential."

Schedule 6, clause 16 (1) of the Act states "A board must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the policies and practices for its school reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity and the unique position of the Māori culture."

Under National Administration Guideline 2, each board of trustees, with the principal and teaching staff, is required to, on the basis of good quality assessment information, report to the school’s community on the progress and achievement of students as a whole and of groups. This includes the progress and achievement of Māori students against its plans and targets outlined in its charter/strategic plan. 

The government’s strategic direction for Māori student achievement is clearly outlined in Ka Hikitia  – the Māori Education Strategy




If we want to maximise the relationship that schools have with families, then families have to be part of determining that relationship. For too long in education, we, as educators, have tried to define how communities will participate with us.

Dr Mere Berryman


Why is Māori student achievement so important to the whole school?

Education Review Office data show that raising the achievement of Māori students is not only of benefit to Māori students, but has the effect of raising the achievement of students across the school.




What questions should the board be asking?

ERO has written the 'school trustees booklet: helping you ask the right questions' booklet for boards of trustees. It is one of many tools available to help you in your role as a trustee. It focuses on student achievement and wellbeing, and the role the board plays in these two areas. The booklet includes questions and information that will guide you in your discussions with school leaders and as a trustee.


How professional development will help

Professional development can be a great way to improve your knowledge and skills as a board. That’s why we’ve developed an NZSTA module about Hautū - Māori cultural responsiveness self-review tool for boards of trustees. If your board would like more information, please contact pdadvice@nzsta.org.nz.

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