Tū ki te Ao, Tau ana: An examination of dual-language education at Te Pā o Rākaihautū


One of the most significant developments in education in New Zealand has been the
explosive growth of what is known today as Māori-medium education. Driven by Māori in response to language loss and perpetual underachievement of Māori in mainstream education, the Māori-medium education movement was a significant achievement in the fight for Māori self-determination. Data shows that students engaged in Māori-medium education have better achievement rates, and are more likely to stay in school longer, when compared to Māori students in mainstream schools. And yet, the fact remains that the vast majority of Māori are still engaged in mainstream education. Te Pā o Rākaihautū (Te Pā) is an innovative 21st century pā wānanga (learning village) devoted to educational success for the whole whānau. Established in 2015, Te Pā is the first of it’s kind in New Zealand and is redefining education as we know it. This presentation will examine the dual-language programme offered at Te Pā o Rākaihautū, and discuss the potential that this model offers in terms of growing Māori-medium education in New Zealand.