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Parent Portal

The parents’ space within the Ministry’s new education site provides parents, families, whānau and carers with plain language, practical information about education, answers to their questions, and directions to where the information lives when it lives elsewhere on the web, to make it easier to be involved in their children's learning.

Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships
These prestigious scholarships commemorate the service of Second Lieutenant Te-Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Ngārimu VC and the 28th (Māori) Battalion in World War II. The scholarships have a long history of recognising Māori who demonstrate adaptability, intelligence, perseverance, mana and leadership in their iwi and communities.

The Ministry of Education provides assistance to:

Early Learning
Your baby has an amazing brain and it starts learning right from birth. You are your child's most important teacher and you help your child's brain grow through play and early learning

Primary Schooling
There are lots of different kinds of primary and intermediate schools and kura in New Zealand, but your own choices will depend on where you live and the needs of your child and your family.

Secondary Schooling
Secondary education is for children in years 9 to 13, which is usually when they are between 13 and 19 years old. Your child might go to secondary school (sometimes referred to as college or high school) or your child might be at composite school or middle school that goes through to the secondary years.

New Zealand's National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) are national qualifications for senior secondary school students. NCEA challenges students of all abilities in all learning areas, and shows credits and grades for separate skills and knowledge. It enables students to gain credits from both traditional school curriculum areas and alternative programmes.

NCEA and the Whānau

NZQA – NCEA Mobile App
To help parents and employers better understand NCEA, NZQA has developed an app designed for mobile devices - phones and tablets. Called NCEA Guide, the app is for parents, whānau and employers and provides quick and easy access to key information about NCEA.

Further education
As your child gets to senior secondary school your attention will turn to what they want to do after secondary school, and what their education, training and career options are.

Vocational Pathways
The Vocational Pathways are a new tool that provides a clear framework for vocational options, support better programme design and careers advice, and improve the links between education and employment.

Careers NZ
Careers New Zealand define a career as being ‘the sequence and variety of work roles – paid and unpaid – that someone has over a lifetime’. Everyone has a career. The Careers New Zealand website aims to help make smart decisions about working and learning in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

The National Curriculum is composed of The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa which set the direction for student learning and provide guidance for schools as they design and review their curriculum.

Although both come from different perspectives, each start with a vision of young people developing the competencies they need for study, work, and lifelong learning, so they may go on to realise their potential

The Treaty of Waitangi principle in the New Zealand Curriclum puts students at the centre of teaching and learning, asserting that they should experience a curriculum that engages and challenges them, is forward-looking and inclusive, and affirms New Zealand’s unique identity.

Explore the Treaty of Waitangi principle online

In February 2014 the NZC Online Blog featured a three part series about the strategy Ka-Hikitia Accelerating Success 23013-2017. The blog posts look closely at different aspects of the Māori education strategy and provide questions, resources, and suggested actions for school leaders and kaiako.

About the Treaty of Waitangi 

The Treaty of Waitangi is one of eight principles in The New Zealand Curriculum that provide a foundation for schools' decision making.

The Treaty of Waitangi principle puts students at the centre of teaching and learning, asserting that they should experience a curriculum that engages and challenges them, is forward-looking and inclusive, and affirms New Zealand’s unique identity.

"The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga." The New Zealand Curriculum, p 9.

Discussion tools

Questions to develop deeper thinking around the Treaty of Waitangi principle within a school curriculum.

Ideas and resources

Research, resources, and ideas to support schools in understanding and enacting the Treaty of Waitangi curriculum principle.

School examples

These stories provide examples of ideas and approaches some schools are using to enact the Treaty of Waitangi principle. The stories have been organised by themes. 

Select a theme that relates to you and your school context.

  • Getting started with the Treaty of Waitangi principle
  • Strengthening te reo Māori
  • A culturally connected curriculum
  • Creating partnerships
  • Effective pedagogy
  • e-Learning

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017 is our strategy to rapidly change how the education system performs so that all Māori students gain the skills, qualifications and knowledge they need to enjoy and achieve education success as Māori.

Tau Mai Te Reo -The Māori language in education strategy 2013-2017

Tau Mai Te Reo expresses what the Ministry of Education and education sector agencies will do for learners of Māori language in Education. Māori language in education includes Māori medium education and Māori language in English medium.

Success for All - Every School, Every Child

Success for All – Every School, Every Child, is the Government’s vision and work programme to achieve a fully inclusive education system. It builds on the views of more than 2,000 people from across New Zealand who made submissions to the Government’s Review of Special Education 2010.

The Government has set a target of 100% of schools demonstrating inclusive practices by 2014 and has a programme of activities to achieve this. These activities look at improving inclusive practices and improving special education systems and support.