Te Hono o Te Kahurangi quality assurance

Tertiary education organisations can choose between two evaluative approaches when they send in an application to NZQA Standard or Te Hono o Te Kahurangi.

If your organisation uses kaupapa Māori and/or teaches mātauranga Māori, Te Hono o Te Kahurangi lets you engage with NZQA using Māori approaches and values.

See below for more details.

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Six dynamic and interconnected kaupapa are at the heart of Te Hono o Te Kahurangi. The kaupapa act as a common point of reference for education organisation and evaluators to guide evaluative conversations and decisions about:

  • what quality looks like in the educational context of the organisation
  • how the organisation knows they are meeting the needs of ākonga, whānau, hapū, iwi and other accountabilities;
  • whether the organisation has sufficient capacity and capability to deliver and sustain educational outcomes;
  • how well the organisation reflects upon its delivery to improve its overall educational performance.

Te Hono o te Kahurangi guidelines and quality assurance processes

The Te Hono o Te Kahurangi guidelines were implemented in 2017. They cover the following quality assurance processes:

  • Qualification development and listing
  • Programme approval and accreditation
  • Applications from Legislated Wānanga
  • External evaluation and review (also see the Tertiary Evaluation Indicators)
  • Assuring national consistency (see the separate guidelines for this process)
  • Registration of a private training establishment
  • Assessment standards and consent to assess
  • Training schemes and micro-credentials
  • Approval, accreditation and monitoring of degrees or related qualification

Relevant rules and legislation

The NZQA rules that apply to Te Hono o Te Kahurangi are:

We'd love your feedback

The Quality Assurance Māori team wants to know the best way to support and communicate with organisations using Te Hono o Te Kahurangi quality assurance.

Further information

For further information about Te Hono o Te Kahurangi and its processes, email tehono@nzqa.govt.nz.

All emails will be acknowledged within two working days. You will receive a response within ten working days.

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