Tīrewa Ako

What Are Tīrewa Ako?

Tīrewa Ako are, first and foremost, teaching and learning guides to help kaiako and ākonga plan and track progress over time in each of reo ā-waha, tuhituhi, pānui and pāngarau. Haemata has been responsible for creating a progression of reo ā-waha (oral language) for Māori-medium students.

Tīrewa Ako: Reo ā-waha, Tuhituhi, Pānui and Pāngarau are each made up of a set of “pou” representing the key components of the Pāngarau and Te Reo Māori learning areas of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. Each pou describes a set of indicators (tohu) that identify key milestones along the learning pathway.

Working Together

Tīrewa Ako are the result of a collaboration with Auckland University, Aronui Ltd, Kia Ata Mai Education Trust, Victoria University, NZCER and kaiako.

Our reo ā-waha development drew on the expertise of kaiako and professional development facilitators.  Thanks to Hinetai Kereopa (Te Kura o Ngāti Hauā), Te Aoterangi Moore (Te Kura o Matapihi), Beth Dixon, Rauhina Cooper,  Āwhina Gray, Hineihaea Murphy and all of the kaiako who participated in the trialling.



How Do They Work?

Tīrewa Ako signal essential learning along a student’s learning pathway. Indicators (tohu) identify those critical skills, aspects of knowledge and/or attributes which cannot be left to chance if ākonga are to have the best opportunity of being successful in their learning.

Tīrewa Ako also provide for a wider view of success by describing progress within the framework of Te Tamaiti Hei Raukura. This view of learning supports the development of the whole child as 'ākonga' (a learner), 'tangata' (a person), 'puna kōrero' (a communicator), and 'uri whakaheke' (Māori).

It will be possible to use the Tīrewa Ako to describe how the student is progressing overall and to identify the next key learning steps along the way.

The Tīrewa will be presented through an online tool (currently in development) which will also provide additional support material to help  kaiako understand the teaching and learning that needs to occur to help ākonga progress.  

As part of the development of Tīrewa Ako, NZCER has “tested” the draft Tīrewa with kaiako to ensure that the tohu signal the most important learning, are sequenced in an accurate way, and that kaiako and ākonga understand the pathways indicated. 

Tīrewa Ako are not yet available in kura. If you have any questions, please contact the Haemata Tari.