Vision of Maori success in higher education system welcomed

Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis have welcomed the publication of a paper by the Independent Advisory Group, Taumata Aronui, outlining the group’s vision for Maori success in the education system superior.

“Manu Kōkiri – Maori Success and Tertiary Education: Towards a Comprehensive Vision – is the culmination of many months of work by Taumata Aronui to examine what we need to do to transform our higher education system into – in the words of the rōpū – the best locally inspired higher education system in the world,” said Education Minister Chris Hipkins.

“This vision, along with the group’s ideas for how we will get there, are a valuable contribution to our discussions about the future of higher education in this country.”

Taumata Aronui was appointed in 2019 to provide independent advice on how higher education can better meet the needs of Maori learners, communities and employers, and help improve learner and community outcomes.

Manu Kōkiri presents Taumata Aronui’s aspirations for the higher education sector and a series of high-level policy recommendations for the government to consider. These include investments in initiatives related to mātauranga Māori, eliminating discrimination in the third sector and promoting the mana, health and well-being of iwi/Māori communities through of higher education.

“Taumata Aronui made it clear that Manu Kōkiri only reflects the views of the rōpū and that he expects the government to want to seek broader guidance on the document before responding to specific recommendations,” said said Chris Hipkins.

“My officials will work with the rōpū to test, expand and further develop what has been defined in Manu Kōkiri, including through targeted engagement, over the coming months.”

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said Manu Kōkiri’s aspirations would be an important contribution to efforts to revamp Māori education.

“The ideas of this rōpū will be key. Maori deserve to see themselves in our education system.”

“We would like to thank the members of Taumata Aronui for their hard work over the past two years in producing Manu Kōkiri, and I encourage everyone in the higher education sector to take a look at this important work,” the ministers said.

(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)