Tātaiako is about teachers’ relationships and engagement with Māori learners and with their whānau and iwi. Designed for teachers in early childhood education (ECE) services and in primary and secondary schools, it will support your work to personalise learning for, and with, Māori learners, to ensure they enjoy educational success as Māori.


Each competency describes related behaviours for teachers at di‡erent stages of their teaching career, and what the results could look like for learners and their whānau. Teachers will need to ensure they have the competencies of all stages up to their current level. The behavioural indicators listed are not exhaustive and can be developed further by schools, ECE services and iwi to include expectations relevant to the local context.

The competencies are:

  1. Wānanga: participating with learners and communities in robust dialogue for the benefit of Māori learners’ achievement.
  2. Whanaungatanga: actively engaging in respectful working relationships with Māori learners, parents and whānau, hapū, iwi and the Māori community.
  3. Manaakitanga: showing integrity, sincerity and respect towards Māori beliefs, language and culture.
  4. Tangata Whenuatanga: affirming Māori learners as Māori. Providing contexts for learning where the language, identity and culture of Māori learners and their whānau is affirmed.
  5. Ako: taking responsibility for their own learning and that of Māori learners.

While the competencies are not formal standards or criteria, they are linked to the Graduating Teacher Standards and Practising Teacher Criteria developed by the Education Council.


Taken from the Tātaiako document published by the Education Council.