Tumuaki, management, aromatawai in Māori-medium settings

Mā te ako ka mōhio, mā te aromatawai ka mārama.


Evaluation Associates was contracted by the Ministry of Education to support tumuaki, leaders and kaiako to understand that aromatawai is inextricably linked to excellence in teaching, learning and, of course, achievement. Learning by tumuaki, leaders and kaiako in each kura was further contextualized by Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the needs of priority learners, the importance of learning with digital technologies and strengthening community engagement.

This support was available in the Northern and Central North Ministry of Education regions.


We supported Māori-medium kura to recognise the role of aromatawai in teaching and learning - aromatawai that provides a big picture of student learning, and aromatawai for learning.

Aromatowai for learning involves teachers, learners and their whānau enjoying a relationship that is underpinned by learning, a relationship that enables teachers and learners to work together to identify strengths and needs and focus on improvement.

Key to our approach was:

  • locating aromatawai within the context of ako and matauranga Māori
  • validating all aspects of learning, including those described in the marau ā-kura and the special character of the kura
  • supporting teachers to use aromatawai practices that enable both teachers and learners to determine what learning has taken place and possible next steps.

We supported kura to:

  • develop systems for gathering and collating dependable assessment information
  • analyse and interpret assessment information
  • make decisions in a timely manner that support improved learning and teaching
  • share and report assessment information to different audiences.

There were three available strands to our work with kura:


In our work with schools, we supported pouārahi and kaiako to develop a clear picture of the achievement they wanted for their ākonga. In the spirit of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, this included academic achievement, cultural achievement and success in te ao Māori. We supported kura to define what that might look like, and to develop systems and processes so that pouārahi, kaiako and ākonga could measure progress.

Want to find out more?

Schools interested in Māori -medium PLD should talk to one of our consultants. We can advise on ways to apply for Ministry-funded PLD or we can help you develop a programme tailored for your school.