Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | the Ministry of Education is changing how it works to better support educators and the ākonga and whānau they serve. Our changes were informed by Kōrero Mātauranga, including the Independent Review of Tomorrow’s Schools, where we heard from thousands of New Zealanders about what they want from their education system and our role in it.
We’ve taken the opportunity to look right across our organisation and redesign ourselves in ways that will strengthen how we deliver locally, regionally and nationally integrated services, and how we provide support and challenge to drive improvements across the education system.
Transformation started in 2021 with the creation of Te Mahau. Te Mahau provides services and support for education staff and leaders, ākonga and whānau. It brings our frontline services and supports closer together and closer to the sector.
Te Pou Tuarongo is focused on lifting the capability across our organisation to give practical effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi. It navigates te ao Karauna and te ao Māori so our organisation can create space for Māori to exercise tino rangatiratanga and support our kāwanatanga responsibility. The group supports the development of relationships between Te Tāhuhu and Māori.
The newly established Pou Ārahi — Māori are additional resources for Te Pou Tuarongo, who act to uplift our organisational Māori capability by being positioned in business group leadership teams across our organisation. They work to connect Te Pou Tuarongo and Māori capability across the organisation and advise on operating at the kāwanatanga — tino rangatiratanga interface in the context of their business group.
The changes we’re making will support four “key shifts” to how we work:
This is an exciting time to apply for a range of leadership roles which will create real impact for Aotearoa New Zealand. In particular, we want your help to make a positive difference for Māori, Pacific, disabled and disadvantaged ākonga and whānau who have been systemically underserved.
The metaphor of Te Whare o te Mātauranga, which is the central theme for our organisation design, represents the connections between our business groups and how we work with others. Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga is the central ridgepole connecting the whare, Te Mahau is the porch and entryway, and our enabling groups are pou (ridgepoles) that support the whare from within.
Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | the Ministry of Education shapes an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes. We fulfil this purpose through two distinct roles:
We are committed to reflecting the diverse communities we serve, and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities.
On the following pages, you will see an overview of groups within the new structure – their respective purposes, and the roles we will be recruiting within them. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in a confidential conversation about this important mahi.
Recruitment for this project is being managed by: