The Ministry of Education (MOE) are seeking nominations for members to Te Taumata Aronui by 6 September 2019

From engagement and consultation on the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) and in the wider Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga MOE have heard that Māori want to be involved in the Crown’s work to design and implement tertiary education policy and system settings.

This is why Cabinet agreed to establish a group to work with Ministers and education agency Chief Executives on developing tertiary education system policy and settings from Māori community and employer perspectives. The working name of this group is Te Taumata Aronui.

MOE already have many ways in which we engage with providers working with, and for, Māori. This will continue. We also want to engage more with Māori community and employers.


More information about the purpose of the group

The group is to provide independent recommendations and advice to Ministers and officials on how the tertiary education system can respond better to the needs of Māori learners and communities. This will include working with the Crown to ensure that the tertiary education system is responsive to the needs of, and engages with, Māori learners, whānau and businesses.

The initial focus of the group will be on the RoVE as it is important that we get it right for Māori when we work through the detailed design and organisation establishment phase of a new vocational education system. The intention is for the group to also focus on other core tertiary education policy issues, for example, the development of the new Tertiary Education Strategy – which sets out Government priorities for the tertiary sector.

It is likely that the group’s work will cover a maximum of 12 days per annum – this will include 6 days of meetings and 6 days of preparatory work.

We are developing a draft Terms of Reference for the group. Once members have been appointed we would like to further shape and finalise these Terms of Reference with the group.

More information about the required skills, knowledge and experience of members

We are looking for around 8-10 people with a mix of skills, knowledge of and experience in:

  • knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its implications for government policy;
  • improving outcomes for learners and whānau;
  • working collaboratively generally;
  • government policy and associated processes; and
  • the tertiary education system, including its interface with the schooling sector and vocational education.

It will be particularly important that the mix of skills and experience also includes working collaboratively with, and providing a perspective of Māori learners, whānau and iwi; Māori social and economic development; Māori industry, education and employment; and mātauranga Māori.

The Ministry are seeking members from across Aotearoa, of all ages and genders.

Call for nominations

The Ministry of Education are seeking nominations for members to Te Taumata Aronui by 6 September 2019.

You can nominate others or yourself for the Chair or as group members. Please provide nominations to the Ministry of Education at .

Please feel free to also pass this on to others you think will be interested and/or have the expertise.

Following the deadline on 6 September 2019, the Ministry will work with the Honourable Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education, the Honourable Kelvin Davis, Minister for Māori Crown Relations and Associate Ministers of Education to take the recommended membership to Cabinet for approval.

Officials will also be in contact with nominees about next steps.

Ministers are looking to establish Te Taumata Aronui later this year.