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Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and University Entrance
A2017/20 - 4 Aug 2017


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Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and University Entrance

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NZQA consulted with stakeholders and the public, 30 March – 26 May 2017, on the alignment of learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (TMoA) with the University Entrance approved subjects list. Following analysis of sector feedback, changes have been made to the list of approved subjects for University Entrance.

Changes to the approved subjects list

Six unique subjects have been added to the approved subjects list:

  • Hauora (Health)
  • Ngā Toi (Arts)
  • Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia (Performing Arts)
  • Ngā Toi Ataata (Visual Arts)
  • Ngā Toi Puoro (Music)
  • Tikanga ā-Iwi (Social Science).

Comparable subjects have been brought together and renamed:

  • Technology/Hangarau
  • Mathematics/Pāngarau
  • Science/Pūtaiao.

Relevant Level 3 TMoA achievement standards have been added to 17 existing subjects on the list.

All Māori-medium students will be able to have their achievement of TMoA-derived subjects and standards contribute to meeting the three approved subjects requirement for University Entrance.

Information for mainstream schools and immersion units

Only mainstream students studying within a kaupapa Māori context can be awarded the six unique Te Marautanga o Aotearoa subjects as part of meeting the three approved subjects requirement for University Entrance. These students will be undertaking coherent learning programmes which are aligned to the principles and intent of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

The definition of kaupapa Māori is:

  • significant use of Te Reo Māori (the school must be at levels one or two of the Māori language immersion levels); and
  • Māori education that incorporates a Māori world view; and
    • incorporates ways of teaching in a range of settings, including bilingual and immersion settings (English and Māori); and
    • delivers the TMoA curriculum subjects in te reo Māori only, or in both te reo Māori and English.

What mainstream schools need to do to ensure the achievement of students studying within a kaupapa Māori context contribute to University Entrance

Mainstream schools with students studying in a kaupapa Māori context (such as through an immersion unit) must notify NZQA of the students undertaking the TMoA subjects below:

  • Hauora
  • Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia
  • Ngā Toi Ataata
  • Ngā Toi Puoro.

Schools must complete and submit this form (XLSX, 13KB)to by 1 December 2017.

This will enable NZQA to correctly calculate whether University Entrance can be awarded to these students in January of the following year.

NZQA does not require notification of students who have achieved 14 credits in Ngā Toi and Tikanga ā-Iwi.

We recognise that this is an additional reporting requirement for schools and we are exploring longer term system solutions.

For answers to questions you may have please see: Questions and answers for schools and students and contact your NZQA School Relationship Manager.

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