Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua wishes to support our whānau to be successful in life and in education, without compromising our wawata (dreams), tikanga or reo to achieve this.

July 2012

In 2004 the Rūnanga released "Ako" - a strategy to realise the education aspirations of Ngāti Whātua iwi, hapū, whānau and tamariki. Much progress has been made since then but new challenges continue to arise.

Today, the Rūnanga is refreshing Ako to reflect Ngāti Whātua society in 2012. The strategy addresses unfavourable representation of Ngāti Whātua in mainstream statistics, and plans for greater education oportunities in non-urban communities. Early childhood is a particular focus, with a new initiative in North Kaipara having recently been rolled out. For more about the Kaihu Valley Puna Reo, check out the report below from Viv Colquhoun.

January 2012

We are pleased to share with you the results of our recent Ako survey which ran officially from October 2011 until the beginning of December 2011.

This feedback will contribute to the development of the Ako Strategy and help us to determine the actions we need to take to assist whānau in education success.

Thank you for your tautoko with this mahi. Results are available in the document attached below.


A Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education was signed in December 2002 to enhance educational outcomes for Ngati Whatua. The objectives are to:

Increase opportunities for involvement in education by Ngāti Whātua and Māori whanau within the rohe of Ngāti Whātua;

  • Improve the quality of education services provided through the Crown’s education network;
  • Improve communication between the Crown and the Rūnanga as Treaty partners;
  • Increase opportunities for the education sector in the rohe of Ngati Whatua to strengthen knowledge of Ngāti Whātua tikanga and to ensure this is authentically expressed and practised by those who provide education services with the rohe.
Education grants are available to assist students of Ngati Whatua descent to attend a recognised Boarding School or to undertake Tertiary studies at University, Polytechnic or Private Training Esta
A Māori Leadership in Law Scholarship in memory of Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave is being established by the University of Otago, in conjunction with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua and Jolene’s whānau. A graduate of the University of Otago in 2000 with a LLB and BA, Jolene quickly achieved distinction as a lawyer specialising in Treaty, environmental and Māori law. In 2007, while with the law firm Kensington Swan she took a lead role in helping to steer the Rūnanga through the Treaty settlement process to progress the Iwi claim WAI303. She was an exceptional advocate for Ngāti Whātua, skillfully leading the Rūnanga through what might otherwise have been an arduous and prolonged process to achieve both a mandate and then terms of negotiation with the Crown. Her passing in June 2010 has prompted a keen desire to ensure that her fortitude is not forgotten. An appeal has been launched to help raise capital for this scholarship which will be established at the University of Otago, with the aim of offering this for the first time in 2013. For further information about donating to the appeal, please visit www.otago.ac.nz/alumni/donations and http://alumni.otago.ac.nz/MaoriLeadershipScholarship