Te Hurihanganui

Te Hurihanganui

Te Hurihanganui began in six communities across Aotearoa in October 2020. The Ministry of Education is supporting these communities for three years.

Te Hurihanganui supports communities to work together to address racism and inequity so that they can accelerate the achievement and wellbeing of ākonga Māori and their whānau.

Communities will receive support, resource and tools to build critical consciousness and strengthen kaupapa Māori in education in the best way for their community.

The Te Hurihanganui change story depicts the journey of school communities over time from Te Pō to Te Hurihanganui.

Te Pō

Te Pō was a time of unease around existing in darkness. There was potential for change but the atua had to discuss what this could look like and develop a plan for change. Not everyone agreed to the change, but there was sufficient agreement to move towards Te Wehenga.

Te Wehenga

During Te Wehenga the atua put their plans for change into action. This required multiple attempts to separate their parents with each atua having a role. Throughout this time, there was still resistance from some atua. With each attempt, the atua saw a glimpse of the light that could become their new norm – Te Ao Mārama.

Te Ao Mārama

Te Ao Mārama brought a new status quo of light and change. Life in Te Ao Mārama brought new challenges, including the pain that the separation brought Ranginui and Papatūānuku and the ongoing implications of this pain on their children and each other.

Te Hurihanganui

Te Hurihanganui was an act of love to ease the pain of Ranginui and Papatūānuku, but also to maintain the light of Te Ao Mārama. With this action, Te Ao Mārama became more stable, but with the light came the challenges of evolution that are part of Te Ao Hurihuri.

Te Hurihanganui

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Design Principles


The Blueprint is based on evidence of what works for Māori in education. It identified the following six design principles that are critical for transformative education system reform. These principles are interdependent and, together, offer greater potential for developing an equitable and excellent education system where Māori succeed as Māori.

Evaluation of Te Hurihanganui

The evaluation of Te Hurihanganui will adopt a Kaupapa Māori approach. This legitimises Māori knowledge and experience and shares power in a Mana Ōrite way. This brings together multiple perspectives to stimulate collective action. This approach to evaluation requires a significant level of engagement, capability development and leadership across all co-researchers.

Therefore, evaluation will:

  • Collate the information from all participants as co-researchers

  • Amplify diverse Māori voices and ensure they are prioritised

  • Empower communities to lead the evaluation of Te Hurihanganui