Five Māori & Pasifika Tertiary Projects Receive Ako Aotearoa Funding
We are delighted to announce the five Māori and Pasifika projects to receive funding through the Ako Aotearoa National
Project Fund (NPF) in 2017/18.
These projects aim to make significant contribution to improving success for Maori and Pasifika tertiary learners
involved in a wide area of trade and professional sectors including; agriculture, horticulture, forestry, tourism,
trade, law, business, medicine, education/social work, humanities, science, engineering and creative arts. All of the
projects have the potential to build considerable capability within the tertiary sector, ensuring the best possible
education outcomes for all learners.
Chair of the 2017/2018 National Project Fund panel, Dr Joe Te Rito said, “I am extremely pleased with the recent NPF
round, which attracted an unprecedented 17 applications. It is pleasing to see that these co-funded projects are spread
well across institutions in both the academic and vocational sectors.”
The five successful projects are contracted for commencement from January 2018.
About the projects:
•Building skills for young Māori to complete education and transition into the workplace is a Primary ITO-led project to develop sustainable skills and provide employment in agriculture, horticulture, and
•Hūtia te Punga is a project collaboration between Iwi, the University of Canterbury, Otago Polytechnic, Taratahi/Whenua Kura and BCITO
led by Te Tapuae o Rēhua to construct and implement a transformative practice model embracing culturally responsive
•He Vaka Moana: Navigating Māori and Pasifika Student Success Through a Collaborative Research Fellowship – Led by The University of Auckland and based on an internationally proven model, this project will develop a
sustainable network of interdisciplinary fellows to drive the advancement of Māori and Pasifika student success.
•Upskilling Māori and Pasifika Workplace Learners is a project led by the Industry Training Federation focused on producing a good practice framework for guiding
literacy and numeracy programmes.
•From Good to Great: The 10 Habits of Phenomenal Educators for Pasifika Learners - Victoria University of Wellington and WelTec join together to identify excellence among educators and teaching
practices that are of immense benefit to Pasifika students in tertiary education.
We look forward to updating you as this significant body of work gets underway. More information will be available in
late January via Ako Aotearoa’s new website.