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It is fundamental that there is parity for mātauranga Māori within NCEA, and it has equal value as other bodies of knowledge.

What have we heard?

Māori respondents have expressed their concerns around an NCEA system which is not equitable for Māori, and disadvantages too many ākonga from experiencing success as Māori. 

Key changes

  • Integrate te ao Māori and mātauranga Māori into the outcome statements as part of the new ‘graduate profile’ for NCEA and in the design of achievement standards.
  • Ensure equal support for ākonga Māori in all settings and equal status for mātauranga Māori.
  • Develop more standards to make sure that mātauranga Māori is acknowledged and credentialed equally by NCEA, (e.g. Māori Performing Arts).
  • Develop new assessment resources and teaching and learning guides for mātauranga Māori.
  • Ensuring that, where possible and appropriate, te ao Māori and mātauranga Māori are built into achievement standards for use across English and Māori-medium settings. That might mean:
    • having Māori-centred contexts for exemplars and assessment resources e.g. local iwi history.
    • inclusive standards and assessment resources that allow for diverse cultural perspectives on what’s important e.g. considering community or hapū impact, not just individual user needs.
  • Build teacher capability around culturally inclusive NCEA and assessment and aromatawai practice that is respectful to mātauranga Māori.

What you need to know

We want to ensure there is equal status for mātauranga Māori in NCEA, and that greater opportunities for students to follow mātauranga Māori pathways are available.

We will work closely with Māori – in both Māori medium and English medium education and in the wider community, including iwi, hapū and whānau – to design what this looks like in practice.

Akonga Māori at the colab

NCEA Change Package Overview 2019

Read the NCEA Change Package Overview 2019 for more detail about the changes, the journey we took with New Zealand to get to them, and what an NCEA programme could look like.

cover image of overview document

Around 16,000 New Zealanders took part in the year-long review of NCEA, and the Ministry of Education is to continue to work with stakeholders to confirm a detailed design and implementation plan for the changes by the end of the year.

Read the other changes

  1. Make NCEA more accessible
  2. Mana ōrite mō te mātauranga Māori
  3. Strengthen literacy and numeracy requirements
  4. Have fewer, larger standards
  5. Simplify NCEA’s structure
  6. Show clearer pathways to further education and employment
  7. Keep NCEA Level 1 as an optional level