Ngā hononga kura-whānau e puta ai ngā ihu o ngā ākonga Māori

Legal requirements for school–whānau engagement


The legislated requirements for engaging with whānau are set out in the National Education Goals (NEGs) and the National Administration Guidelines (NAGs).

The National Education Goals

The National Education Goals set out the government’s policy objectives for schools. Several of them have implications for the types of relationships schools build with whānau. NEG 4 requires schools to recognise and support parents as their children’s first teachers, and NEGs 9 and 10 obligate schools to take account of the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua.

Education is at the core of our nation's effort to achieve economic and social progress. In recognition of the fundamental importance of education, the Government sets the following goals for the education system of New Zealand.

 NEG 4

A sound foundation in the early years for future learning and achievement through programmes which include support for parents in their vital role as their children’s first teachers.


Increased participation and success by Māori through the advancement of Māori education initiatives, including education in Te Reo Māori, consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

NEG 10

Respect for the diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of New Zealand people, with acknowledgment of the unique place of Māori, and New Zealand’s role in the Pacific and as a member of the international community of nations.

The National Administration Guidelines

The National Administration Guidelines are the administrative guidelines for schools. They include the expectations that schools will consult with their Māori communities on curriculum and report to them against the plans and targets identified through that consultation. NAGs 1e and 2c are particularly relevant.


Each board of trustees is required to foster student achievement by providing teaching and learning programmes which incorporate The National Curriculum as expressed in The New Zealand Curriculum 2007 or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Each board, through the principal and staff, is required to:

… (e) in consultation with the school’s Māori community, develop and make known to the school’s community policies, plans and targets for improving the achievement of Māori students; 


Each board of trustees, with the principal and teaching staff, is required to:

… (c) report to students and their parents on the achievement of individual students, and to the school's community on the achievement of students as a whole and of groups (identified through NAG 1(c) above) including the achievement of Māori students against the plans and targets referred to in 1(e) above.

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