New tool to help iwi support Māori educational pathways

Hon Kelvin Davis

Associate Minister of Education


Iwi will now be able to access student information effortlessly thanks to a new tool developed in partnership with iwi education leaders around the country, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

Te Mataaho-ā-Iwi, the Iwi Profiles Dashboard, has been launched on the Education Counts website today and provides iwi with updated data about Māori learners, along with learners who affiliate to their iwi, as soon as it becomes available.

“The Dashboard enables iwi leaders to make informed decisions about the education choices for Māori students,” Kelvin Davis said.

“It will help iwi with their planning around te reo Māori, and skills and capability, as well as assist their relationships with schools and Kāhui Ako, tertiary education providers, local government and other iwi,” Kelvin Davis said.

“As it stands, this kind of information is released once a year and while I’m sure it’s helpful, it’s not available when iwi leaders really need it.”

Te Mataaho-ā-Iwi will provide a more timely view of their learners’ educational pathways and achievements, as well as relevant data to questions iwi have.

“We recognise iwi as the kaitiaki of their learners’ education. They are in a unique position to support the education journey of their tamariki and rangatahi - and the Dashboard is an important new tool to help them do that,” Kelvin Davis said.

Media contact: Robert Johnson – 021 865 497

Notes to editors

Following the annual release of the iwi profiles earlier this year, the Ministry of Education started talking with more than 30 iwi around the country about the validity of the yearly data drops.

Te Mataaho-ā-Iwi is a result of those discussions and has been co-designed with iwi who participated in the project.

This release is the first iteration of the Dashboard with future iterations expected to be rolled out periodically.



New Māori business centre launches in Waikato

Hon Nanaia Mahuta

Te Minita Whanaketanga Māori
Minister for Māori Development


Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta has launched Te Ahikōmako the first centre of Māori innovation and entrepreneurship that will be open to all Māori business entrepreneurs, innovators and whānau in the Waikato region.

Located at the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa – Mangakotukutuku campus Nanaia Mahuta says this is the ideal place for our people to access these services in order to fulfil their business aspirations.

“Māori have always been innovative in their thinking and approaches, so it is really important that we have professional services that our whānau can access in the regions that will help them to realise their business ideas,” Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.

Te Ahikōmako will be a centre that whānau can come to access mentoring and business advice which will enhance their capability to further their business aspirations.

“The current figures suggest that Māori enterprise is worth over $50 billion and is growing at a faster rate than the economy as a whole. Our regional economies are where Māori are most likely to make more of an impact,” says the Minister.

“Having a regional hub such as this one in the Waikato is one of the ways that we have invested in our regions to ensure that our emerging Māori entrepreneurs and whānau can come and test their business ideas and concepts. Here they can get access to the required skills and mentoring options that will vastly increase their chances of success.

“ I am also delighted that this was an act of cross Government cooperation with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment through the Provincial Growth Fund contributing $500,000. This is a joint initiative with Te Puni Kōkiri who contributed a further $150,000.

“Te Ahikōmako was developed and designed by Māori in order to meet the very specific needs of Māori and it will be a place where our whānau can realise and bring to life their business ideas and concepts – this is about whānau success and creating a robust regional economy for the future,” says Nanaia Mahuta.

This initiative was one of the ideas that was set out in the Waikato Māori Economic Development Plan 2018 and more recently in the refreshed plan Te Whare Ohaoha which Minister Mahuta launched in June this year.