Qualifications and standards

Tikanga Māori Qualifications Review – Phase One Approval to Develop

Current Developments

In January 2015, the Tikanga Māori and the Reo Māori qualifications reviews were combined, and the further development of the qualifications will occur simultaneously as the Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori Qualifications Review. This change acknowledges the inherent link between te reo Māori me ōna tikanga. Māori Qualifications Services (NZQA) will continue to lead this phase of the review.

The Governance and Working groups have been combined to aid coherency and co-ordination of the qualification development through to the application for Approval to List.

Background for the Tikanga Māori Review

The qualifications for Māori Studies and Customs were scheduled for review in 2013 as part of the nationwide Targeted Review of Qualifications (TRoQ). TRoQ covers all qualifications from levels 1-6 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF aims to prevent duplication of qualifications on the NZQF. The review ensures qualifications are relevant to future learners, employers and other stakeholders such as whānau, hāpori, hapū, and iwi. For further information about TRoQ, see Targeted review of qualifications.

Those qualifications identified as part of the Māori Studies and customs cluster can be found on the qualifications review schedule page for 2013 (XLS, 200KB).

The initial stages of the review of the Reo Māori qualifications was led in collaboration between Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and NZQA.

Process to Approval to Develop

Think Tank Hui

The review co-leaders Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWoA) and New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) facilitated three full-day Think Tank hui with qualification owners, accredited deliverers and all other stakeholders to agree the approach and structure for the review and development of these qualifications.

The notes from these hui are available:

Following stakeholder consultation at the Think Tank hui, it was agreed that the Māori Studies and customs review will be referred to as the Tikanga Māori Review.

Qualification Development

Those who wanted to be involved with developing the proposed Tikanga Māori qualifications were invited to submit expressions of interest in November 2013.

The Working Group met on 10-11 February to develop the draft qualifications in accordance with the advice and Working Group Brief provided by the Tikanga Māori Review Governance Group.

Stakeholder Consultations

Feedback regarding the current framework, mātāpono and landscape document as well as the Needs Analysis document closed on the 4th of February 2014.

The minutes from the consultation hui that took place are available:

'Approval to Develop' application outcome

The proposed suite of Tikanga Maori qualifications were submitted to NZQA Approvals and Accreditation for 'Approval to Develop' on 12 May 2014.

The individual qualification documents, and the Needs Analysis are available from the Review Documents section below.

The Tikanga review received approval to develop the eight qualifications submitted in May 2014, with a rating of He Pounamu Kahurangi.

Next Steps: 'Approval to List'

Issues raised in the ‘Approval to Develop’ evaluation report will be discussed by the Governance Group and addressed during the next phase of development, alongside the Te Reo Māori Qualifications. This stage also includes the development of the qualification specifications and consistency arrangements.

The Governance Group aims to apply for 'Approval to List' the qualifications by 30 June 2015.

Governance Group

Members of the Tikanga Māori Governance Group were:

  • Te Urikore Biddle-Ranga
  • Lee Agnew
  • Shane Edwards
  • Justin Heke
  • Keld Hunia
  • Ron Taukamo
  • Mauriora Kingi
  • Neil Rogers
  • Te Whatanui Winiata
  • Natasha Harland
  • Lara Collins
  • Conan Herbert

This group have now been combined with the Te Reo Māori Governance Group to form the Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori Governance Group, who will oversee the development of the Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori qualifications through to 'Approval to List'.

Review Documents

Stakeholder Consultation Hui

Governance Group

Working Group

Stakeholder and Consultation Documents

Draft Qualifications – May 2014

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