Reference Materials

Te Whāriki is New Zealand’s Early Childhood Education curriculum. Te Whāriki is grounded in a unique bicultural framework that emphasises that all children should be encouraged and supported to grow up as confident and competent learners, strong in their identity, language, and culture.

Tātaiako is a resource developed by the Ministry of Education to support cultural competencies of teachers of Māori learners. Designed for teachers in Early Childhood Education, primary and secondary settings, Tātaiako emphasises the importance of teacher-learner relationships, and stresses the significance of identity, language, and culture.

He Māpuna te Tamaiti is a resource developed by the Ministry of Education to support kaiako (teachers) in New Zealand early learning services. Structured around a framework underpinned by Te Whāriki, this resource helps to support kaiako to understand and draw on effective practices that enhance children’s social and emotional competence, engagement, and learning.

The New Zealand Curriculum is the official policy that sets the direction for student learning in English-medium New Zealand schools and provides guidance for schools as they design and review their curriculum. This document, along with the parallel document Te Marautanga o Aotearoa for Māori-medium schools, starts with visions of young people who will develop the competencies they need for study, work, and lifelong learning.

Tapasā is a cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners, designed to help improve the way teachers and leaders engage with Pacific learners. This document was developed to support teachers to become more culturally aware, confident, and competent when engaging with Pacific learners and their parents, families and communities.