Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako

We’re working with Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako on a 'curriculum tool' to help their members to collaboratively design a quality, local curriculum for their learners.

This Toolkit is made up of five tools which support both Māori and English medium education settings. They have been designed to help Kāhui Ako facilitate conversations, capture decisions and share their learning.

The tools combine to help communities to build a shared local curriculum, focused on supporting children and young people across the education pathway.

Accessing the Toolkit

Kāhui Ako teachers, principals and their partners (such as iwi or employers) can access the Toolkit by contacting their Kāhui Ako lead. The Toolkit is not accessible to those outside a Kāhui Ako, except with the agreement of the Community of Learning lead.

Watch our video on the tool

Watch Mary Chamberlain, a leading New Zealand curriculum expert and one of the Toolkit’s designers, talk about the Toolkit.

Rapua Te Ara Tika

Rapua Te Ara Tika, or “Seeking the right pathway”, promotes a Māori approach to curriculum development, teaching and learning. Inside Te Whare Wānanga there are three pou which will guide the planning and thinking for collaborative inquiries, which link to coherent pathways and rich learning opportunities.


  • Pou Tiriao relates to the natural, physical and celestial worlds. Through the Pou Tiriao, Kāhui Ako instil a sense of identity in their learners, to enhance understanding of their environment and to explore the learning opportunities of the natural world.
  • Pou Whenua. A Pou Whenua lens examines the history of human relationships and connection to area, reinforcing a stronger sense of identity. It strengthens a foundation upon which learning and teaching can take place. The Pou Whenua, encourages Kāhui Ako to identify human relationships that support the teaching and learning of ākonga.
  • Pou Awatea uses the knowledge gained in Pou Tiriao and Pou Whenua to ensure learners engage in learning that is future focused. Pou Awatea is focused on innovation, technology, growth, and realising potential, whilst maintaining responsibility for kaitiakitanga embedded in the Pou Tiriao and Pou Whenua.

Coherent Pathways

The Coherent Pathways Tool helps you ensure that your ākonga experience learning continuity as they move from early childhood through to the end of their secondary schooling. This tool helps you to create statements at key transitions and to capture and share the capabilities your community believes are too important to leave to chance.

Rich Opportunities for Learning

The Rich Opportunities for Learning Tool helps you to draw on your environment and your community relationships to design meaningful learning opportunities that build the capabilities you’ve agreed to prioritise. Every experience and every interaction your ākonga have with their community helps shape who they become. This tool helps you design opportunities for ākonga to contribute to their communities in ways that build on and strengthen both community and ākonga capabilities.

Relationships for Learning

The Relationships for Learning Tool helps you to strategically identify the community relationships that can support your Kāhui Ako. It is built on the recognition that children are born into a community. When a child learns from and with their community, they come to understand how their community works socially, politically, economically, and culturally. And they also learn how they can contribute to, and help shape their community.

Collaborative Inquiries

The Collaborative Inquiry Tool helps you probe into issues that affect your ability to achieve your vision. It provides a sustainable digital system for establishing focus areas, developing inquiry proposals, monitoring progress, and sharing findings. It helps you to notice and respond to variations in teacher practice and ākonga outcomes, including both the hard spots and the pockets of excellence.