The Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education), Kelvin Davis, has launched a research report on Māori-medium education, entitled, ‘Te Kura Huanui: The treasures of successful pathways’. This research was prepared by the Education Review Office, in partnership with Te Kōhanga Reo, Te Runanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori, Ngā Kura ā Iwi and others. The report identifies five common success factors for Māori medium education:
- Mana Māori Motuhake: Being Māori
- Tikanga Māori
- Whanaungatanga: Relationships and connectedness
- Ako: Teaching and Learning
- Kanohi Whakakite: Leaders as visionaries
Te Kura Huanui: The treasures of successful pathways | Education Review Office (ero.govt.nz)
The ANZ bank released a succinct research report on the impact of Māori employment, entitled ‘NZ Insight: Māori Employment During COVID’. The report identified that Māori unemployment levels are now back to pre-COVID-19 levels. (Note this is still high, at 8.4% unemployment, compared to the New Zealand overall rate of 4.7%.) The negligible impacts of COVID-19 on Māori employment levels are said to be due to high Māori employment in sectors which have fared well during the pandemic, namely construction, manufacturing, and retail. We will review this work further once Statistics NZ releases the unemployment data for the quarter to 30 June, in the coming weeks.