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Welcome to the hub for the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga.

Kōrero Mātauranga is a series of education conversations to help build the world’s best education system for all our children and young people.

We want all New Zealanders to participate in the kōrero. And especially those – such as children and young people, Māori, Pacific peoples, parents, people with learning support needs – whose voices have not been traditionally heard in discussions about the future of education. We've already had over 43,000 responses to a variety of issues and begun publishing summaries of what you told us.

Most of the kōrero is taking place around the significant changes being proposed to almost our entire New Zealand education system, as part of the Education Work Programme (EWP). In addition, feedback from the kōrero is being used to design a vision that will guide the future of education in Aotearoa for the next 30 years.

On this page, you can find out ‘what’s happening now’ with the kōrero and about how you can join in. You can also go to ‘conversations’, in the main menu above, to find out more about the conversations we are having, or to see where a particular conversation is at. 


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What’s happening now?

NCEA Regional Hui

In May this year, the Minister of Education announced seven changes to NCEA that will strengthen the qualification for all our young people. 

To help everyone understand the impact and benefits of the changes, the Ministry is running a series of hui throughout New Zealand. The hui are open to anyone wanting to learn more about the changes to NCEA.

Register for an NCEA hui

Find out about the changes to NCEA

Tomorrow’s Schools

Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini, the report of the Independent Taskforce on Tomorrow’s Schools, was released on 7 December 2018. Consultation closed on 7 April 2019 and a report is due to the Minister 28 June 2019.

For any queries, please email tomorrows.schools@education.govt.nz

Reform of Vocational Education

The consultation for the Reform of Vocational Education has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend an event or meeting, complete the online survey or send in a submission. 

All submissions are being carefully considered and final recommendations are being developed. These will be presented to Cabinet for decision by mid – 2019, after which an announcement is likely to be made. Exact dates are still to be confirmed. Once all feedback has been considered by Government, a summary document will be made available to the general public. 





Our current topic areas are shown below. Choose a conversation to learn about what’s happening where and when around the country, read discussion documents and to have your say in our surveys and in formal submissions.

What else?

Check out what's been happening in the regional workshops, hui and fono across New Zealand in our Out and About section

You can have your own conversations with friends or your community, school or workplace and send your feedback to us, check out the three tools to help you – in English and Te Reo Maori. 

Access documents and information about the various parts of the Government’s Education Work Programme, including the NCEA review and the review of Tomorrow’s Schools, and make sure your views are heard.

Please come back to the site every week or so to see what’s new.

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