About Poutama Pounamu Online

For a detailed description of the course:

- read or download the Poutama Pounamu Online Overview brochure (PDF)

- download the Poutama Pounamu Online powerpoint presentation (.ppt)


The Ministry of Education has invited the University of Waikato's Poutama Pounamu team to work with Regional Directors to spread, through a process of critical leadership, understandings of cultural relationships for responsive pedagogy.

Through engagement with the self-managed course, participants will develop, deepen and apply their learnings of:

  • cultural relationships for responsive pedagogy
  • adaptive expertise
  • educationally powerful connections.

This innovative and blended learning design will provide individualised and group engagement with curated web-content and discussion-based activities.

The online eLearning environment

eLearning materials are available in the Poutama Pounamu Online secure learning space. This system provides a personal online portfolio for participants/kaiwhakaako to record their observations and new learning.

Regional wānanga and local hui

A series of regional wānanga and local hui provide opportunities for face-to-face relationship-building, knowledge-sharing and relearning-unlearning. The first regional wānanga will be held as follows:

Waikato region
24th and 25th October
(Week 2, Term 4: Tuesday and Wednesday following Labour weekend).
Raungaiti Marae
6425 State Highway 27
Walton, Waharoa 3474.
Gather outside the marae about 9:30am, for a pōwhiri at 10am, on Tuesday 24th October.
Poroaki will be about 3pm on Wednesday, 25th October.
Directions to this marae can be obtained from https://www.maorimaps.com/marae/raungaiti.

Hawkes Bay/Gisborne region
30th and 31st October (Monday and Tuesday of Week 3, Term 4)
Pukemokimoki Marae
191 Riverbend Road, Napier.
Gather for pōwhiri by 10am, Monday 30th October
Poroaki - 3pm, Tuesday 31st October

Nelson/West Coast/Marlborough region
6th and 7th November (Monday and Tuesday of Week 4, Term 4
Omaka Marae
Aerodrome Road, Blenheim
Gather for pōwhiri by 10am, Monday 6th November
Poroaki - 3pm, Tuesday 7th November

Who is this designed for?

Poutama Pounamu Online will involve strategic Community of Learning/Kāhui Ako leaders, including identified Accredited PLD facilitators, to undertake one of the following three roles:

  1. Participants/Kaiwhakaako
    will participate in the wānanga and with eLearning modules to activate their own learning and spread their learning to others.
  2. Strategic Change Leaders/Kairaranga
    will actively support the kaiwhakaako in coherently spreading this work to others across the Kāhui Ako.
  3. Learning Group members/Ākonga
    will work with their kaiwhakaako and also provide feedback on the group activities. Ākonga are strategically selected by kaiwhakaako as those best positioned to be responsive across the Kāhui Ako.


Costs for the 2017-2018 intake are available on enquiry.

Certification of participation

The Ministry of Education and the Poutama Pounamu team will provide participants with certificates of participation and, at the end of term 3, 2018, a certificate of completion as evidence for professional appraisal and accreditation processes.

Qualifications track

Participants may choose to use their engagement in this professional learning as an entry prerequisite to a fast track Diploma (equivalent of two Masters level papers) being offered through the University of Waikato. Related literature will be offered as extensions to the eLearning modules.

The fast track Diploma course requirements include the completed electronic portfolio together with:

  • 3,000-words reflecting on this blended learning journey and,
  • a 4,000-word essay demonstrating their application and understandings of Cultural Relations for Responsive Pedagogy in praxis.

This qualification will be achieved through attendance at the University of Waikato’s 2019 Summer School programme.

The underpinning theory of action is based on over 15 years of research into what works best for Māori students and how this can work more effectively for all.

Access to Poutama Pounamu Online

Poutama Pounamu Online is currently only available to an invited group of participants. If you are interested in finding out more about the programme, please feel free to contact us at email: poutamapounamu@waikato.ac.nz

For a detailed description of the course:

- read or download the Poutama Pounamu Online Overview brochure (PDF)
- download the Poutama Pounamu Online powerpoint presentation (.ppt)