Just as our interpretations of whakataukī and Māori metaphor are tuned to our specific contextual use so, too, the definitions of terms used on this site are an indication of how they are used within Kia Eke Panuku.

They should not be taken as definitive definitions that will hold true across all contexts.

  • Agency

    when individuals or a team feel able to bring about change

  • Ako

    sense-making that is dialogic, reciprocal and ongoing

  • Co-construction

    to work as a learner with co-learners, negotiating learning contexts and content in order to actively construct knowledge

  • Conscientisation

    understanding the part we play in perpetuating the status quo of inequality

  • Critical

    understanding how issues of power play out within pedagogy, school systems and structures, leadership practices and relationships with whānau, hapū and iwi

  • Critical cycle of learning (unlearning, relearning)

    promoting learning through reflective conversations in order to effect change

  • Cultural capital

    the store of cultural experiences, knowledge and attitudes a child can build their learning from when they go to school

  • Cultural toolkit

    using prior knowledge and cultural experiences to create new learning

  • Dialogic

    when learning engages students cultural toolkit, academic feedback and feed-forward and co-construction

  • Evidence to accelerate

    gathering data in an iterative manner to monitor effectiveness of the reform

  • Feed-forward academic

    to support student learning through the provision of responses that aim to promote future learning or academic progress

  • Feedback academic

    to support student learning through the provision of responses that aim to promote reflection on tasks that already occurred or ideas that the student has raised

  • Kāhui

    a group

  • Kaitoro

    explorer of ideas, facilitator

  • Kaupapa

    shared vision

  • Kia Eke Panuku

    a journey towards success that is both dynamic and continuous, building from one's current location to where one aspires to be in the future

  • Kia Eke Panuku's kaupapa

    secondary schools giving life to Ka Hikitia and addressing the aspirations of Māori communities by supporting Māori students to pursue their potential

  • Kotahitanga

    unity of purpose

  • Mahi tahi

    the work we undertake together / the engine room of Kia Eke Panuku

  • Mana motuhake

    high expectations for Māori learners and their learning

  • Manaakitanga

    belief in and care for Māori learners

  • Observation to shadow coaching

    process of collecting evidence of practice that then informs a follow up ako: critical learning conversation with the teacher

  • Planning for coherency

    aligning and focusing actions to disrupt the status quo

  • Praxis

    the coming together of theory and practice

  • Prior experiences and knowledge

    the understandings that students bring with them to the learning

  • Profiling

    understanding and analysing a school's current position

  • Reflect, review and act

    re-imagining and embedding more equitable opportunities for Māori to excel

  • Resistance

    promoting actions that support the kaupapa and resisting those that don't

  • Simultaneous success trajectories

    Māori students gaining NCEA Level 2 and qualifications for tertiary education, whilst ensuring Māori students enjoy and achieve success as Māori

  • Transformative leadership

    leaders who take seriously the personal and public responsibility to use power, privilege and position to promote social justice and enlightenment for the benefit of society as a whole

  • Transformative praxis

    theory based practice that transforms the status quo for more equitable outcomes

  • Wānanga

    the promotion of deeper learning

  • Whakaako


  • Whakapapa

    genealogical connections

  • Whakapiringatanga

    well-managed learning contexts

  • Whanaungatanga

    familial-like relationships of care and connectedness