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Rāwiri Toia

Rāwiri taught in Auckland and Hamilton in both Māori-medium and English-medium settings. He is currently employed by Victoria University of Wellington as director of external projects and has worked extensively on Māori-medium focused curriculum and resource development for over 20 years. He was the previous national coordinator for Ngā Toi professional development and led the Ngā Toi writing team for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa development in 2007. Rāwiri is the current panel lead for NCEA development including Ngā Toi Ihiihi, Te Ao Haka, Te Ao Whakairo and Te Ao Tū Taua.

Rawiri has been working on the redesign of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa since 2017 when the initial ‘think piece’ for the current Tīrewa Marautanga o Aotearoa was penned followed by the Position Paper He Tamaiti Hei Raukura, 2020.Rāwiri is a current member of Te Rōpū Whāiti, the Ministry of Education’s advisory group for Te Tīrewa Marautanga o Aotearoa.


Session Description:

Te Tīrewa Marautanga o Aotearoa - a new trajectory in curriculum design

In 2020 the Minister of Education announced the redesign of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, this formalised the new trajectory for curriculum development in Aotearoa. Te Tīrewa Marautanga is the name for the redesigned curriculum and is an innovative and Māori-centric development that will lead curriculum design and implementation in Māori medium settings for the next decade.

Attendees will leave with knowledge of the key components of the new curriculum, they will have an understanding of why this development is important and what challenges it will respond to and resolve.

Key concepts underpinning Te Tīrewa Marautanga will be discussed including:

  • Ngā pou e whā o Te Tīrewa Marautanga.
  • Kaupapa kōkiri.
  • Tīrewa ā-kura.
  • AKO - an approach to teaching and learning.
  • Ngā tini mata o te whakaakoTīrewa ako. 


  • Te Tīrewa Marautanga.
  • Te Tamaiti Hei Raukura.
  • Marau ā-kura | Curriculum design