Aka Whaika Māori
Māori Strategic Framework

The Māori Strategic Framework was developed in consultation with Kā Papatipu Rūnaka. Created from a perspective based in Te Ao Māori, the framework draws upon the Professor Mason Drurie’s vision for Māori education:

  • To live as Māori: being able to have access to Te Ao Māori, the Māori world, which means having access to language, culture, cultural practice, marae, resources, iwi, hapū and whānau
  • To actively participate as citizens of the world:higher education should open doors to technology, to the economy, to the arts and sciences, to understanding others, and to making a contribution to the greater good
  • To enjoy good health and a high standard of living: educational achievement correlates directly with employment,income levels, standards of health and quality of life.

These core values cascade to and are given expression through six priority areas:



Te Tiriti o Waitangi: an effective partnership with mana whenua 

This priority area reflects an on-going commitment by Otago Polytechnic to its Treaty of Waitangi partner – Kāi Tahu (through the MOU).


Kā Kaimahi: attracting and developing Māori staff and the cultural capability of all staff 

This priority area reflects the contributing role of strong accountable leadership and increased representation of Kai Tahu/Māori staff across Otago Polytechnic, which contributes to whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori advancement, locally and nationally.


Te Taumata Angitu Māori: Māori learners succeeding as Māori 

This priority area reflects the desire for increased recruitment, access, participation, retention, development and success of Kai Tahu/Māori students at Otago Polytechnic.


Kia Eke Panuku: High Quality and Culturally Relevant Programmes 

This priority area reflects the development of quality programmes in Te Ao Māori, Te Reo Māori and other robust Kaupapa Māori options.


Kia Kōtahi Tātou: Culturally Inclusive Learning and Working Environment 

This priority expresses the need for Otago Polytechnic to reflect Kai Tahu/Māori expectation of access to and acquisition of knowledge. This shall also include te reo me ōna tikaka Māori among staff and students on campus.


Te Rakahau Māori: Māori Research 

This priority area reflects the development of quality research that contributes to the achievement of Kai Tahu/Māori development aspirations and expresses the expectation that Otago Polytechnic values Te Ao Māori.

Te Rautaki Reo Māori ki Te Kura Matatini ki Otago
Otago Polytechnic Māori Language Strategy

Toi te kupu, toi te mana, toi te whenua | The permanence of the language, prestige and land.