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 Dr Tabitha McKenzie

Tabitha has a teaching background and has taught in Māori medium education settings in the primary, intermediate and secondary sectors. She is a staff member at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and has taught across the early childhood, primary, secondary and master’s programmes focused particularly around Māori education and Māori language.

Tabitha has also worked on numerous resource and curriculum development projects as well as Professional Learning and Development initiatives over the past 20 years. She is currently a member of Te Rōpū Whāiti who is the Ministry of Education’s advisory group redeveloping the national curriculum Te Tīrewa Marautanga.


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