te poutāhū curriculum centre school update

Te Poutāhū Curriculum Centre School Update

21 November 2023
te poutāhū curriculum centre school update

Te Poutāhū Curriculum Centre School Update

21 November 2023


Kua mahuta mai rā a Māhurukiterangi                 

Hoki mai rā e te pīpīwharauroa                              

Hoki mai rā e te koekoeā                                         

Hoki mai rā e te ora o Hinerauwhārangi               

Kōanga nui Kōanga roa                                            

Aroaro ā-manu, Aroaro mahana                            

Nau mai, haere atu taku karere                             

Te karere a Te Poutāhū                                             

Ki runga ki te mata o te whenua                            

Tīhei Mauriora!                                                          


Māhurukiterangi rises at dawn

Return shining cuckoo

Return long-tailed cuckoo

Life returns to the forest and vegetation

A great and long Spring is here

Birds return with the warmth

Welcome also my message and depart

The message from Te Poutāhū

Moving over the face of the land

It breathes, it lives!

Welcome to the Te Poutāhū Curriculum Newsletter

Kia ora koutou, and welcome to the last curriculum newsletter of 2023.

In this issue, you’ll find information on Tāhūrangi (our new online curriculum hub), Tapasā professional development, resources for te ao tangata | social sciences, and information about the latest School Journals.

Based on previous timelines, you may have been expecting to see the latest updates to Te Mātaiaho | the refreshed NZ curriculum, the updated science, technology, and the arts learning areas, or the Common Practice Model and some of its supporting resources. We will engage with the incoming Government and Minister of Education on this work and their priorities, and continue to provide you with updates as we are able to.

This newsletter will return in February. If you have any curriculum-related questions before then, please get it touch with your local Ministry office and their teams. You can find those contact details here:

Local Ministry offices – Education in New Zealand

After a busy year, I wish you all the best for the rest of Term 4 and a happy summer holidays for you and your whānau.


Ellen MacGregor-Reid

Hautū | Deputy Secretary

Te Poutāhū | Curriculum Centre



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General news

Tāhūrangi is here: the new home for online teaching resources

You might already know that Tāhūrangi went live earlier this month: our new digital home for curriculum content, teaching resources, and news. It’s also where all our new curriculum content, resources, and teaching materials will be released in future. There’s a lot to like about the new platform – we’ve built it specifically to help you find, organise, and share the content that’s important to you. Remember that Tāhūrangi will continue to evolve over time, too, so that it stays relevant and easy to use long into the future. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback once you’ve had a chance to explore it for yourself.

You can visit Tāhūrangi here:


It’s important to know Tāhūrangi will eventually replace TKI and Kauwhata Reo, so that you know exactly where to go to find content that supports your mahi. We’ll let you know before we make those changes, but here’s what it will mean in the future:

  • TKI: after we have reviewed and moved all suitable content from TKI, it will be retired and will no longer be accessible.
  • Kauwhata Reo: content from Kauwhata Reo will be loaded onto Tāhūrangi over time, with a small number of resources available now. You’ll still be able to access Kauwhata Reo until we have moved all quality content over, at which point the site will be retired.

While we move content onto Tāhūrangi from our other sites, you might notice some changes to the way you access them. For example, you might be redirected from Tāhūrangi to the existing site if the content hasn’t already been moved.

You can read more about it here:

Tāhūrangi – Education in New Zealand

If you have any questions or feedback, please email the team at tahurangi@education.govt.nz

Tapasā professional development available now

More schools and kura can now access Tapasā professional learning and development (PLD). 

Tapasā PLD is focused on sustaining and strengthening teaching practices that improve wellbeing, learning, and progress for Pacific learners, and engagement with their families. The regionally focused PLD support service brings the Tapasā cultural competencies framework to life. 

The expanded service is available now through to 2026. Spaces are limited, so if you would like to find out more about accessing this support for your school or kura, please email us at pacific.nzctw@education.govt.nz

To find out more about the Tapasā framework, visit: 

Tapasā framework | Tapasā (tki.org.nz) 

Schools and kura using The New Zealand Curriculum

Local curriculum design and Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories

In partnership with Te Tai Whanake ki Tauranga Moana and Delaye Media, we have developed a learning module to help you and leaders design local curriculum for Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories. The module, Curriculum design through Te Tiriti based partnerships: Te Tai Whanake, has been developed to support you in creating space for Māori language, knowledge, culture, voice, and identity through the teaching and learning of local critical histories.

Te Tai Whanake ki Tauranga Moana represents the iwi of Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāti Pūkenga. The new module showcases their three different approaches to embedding local critical histories for kaiako and kura in Tauranga Moana, which leads into how you can start or continue on your own journey. You might also find that reading about the different approaches gives you insight into understanding different iwi values.  

Curriculum design through Te Tiriti based partnerships - Te Tai Whanake ki Tauranga Moana aligns with Te Mātaiaho | the refreshed New Zealand curriculum, including Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories.

You can find the module on the Ako learning platform here:

Education Learning Management System 

Understanding Muslim Identity in Aotearoa – social sciences resource

A new resource is now available to support your implementation of the refreshed te ao tangata | social sciences learning area: Understanding Muslim Identity in Aotearoa. This captivating collection of resources was created to support your teaching and learning of social cohesion, particularly in the context of Muslim communities in Aotearoa.

Understanding Muslim Identity in Aotearoa explores the diverse experiences of Muslim individuals and communities across New Zealand through the lens of religious identity. Ākonga are supported to Understand the big ideas that ‘People participate in communities by acting on their beliefs and through the roles they hold’ and ‘People hold different perspectives about the world depending on their values, traditions, and experiences’, and apply this new learning through the Know ‘context of Ngā ahurea me to tuariki kiritōpū | Culture and collective identity’. 

The resource consists of two short videos, and teacher support materials for each phase of learning in Years 1-10. Understanding Muslim Identity in Aotearoa can be found here:

Understanding Muslim Identity in Aotearoa  

New School Journals and Junior Journal

The next issues of the School Journal and Junior Journal are on their way! 

You can expect School Journals (Level 2, 3, 4) and Junior Journal 66 to arrive at your school this month. These issues cover the themes of sustainability (Level 2), uncovering the past (Level 3), and the living sea (Level 4). The Junior Journal explores ideas about what makes a place special, and feel like home.

Online copies with accompanying audio support will be on Tāhūrangi soon. Teacher Support Materials are also being developed, and will be available in early 2024.