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

We've asked all of you – children, young people, parents, teachers, employers, iwi, families and whānau – to join a conversation about building not just a better education system, but the world’s best.

The main survey has now closed but we're still looking for your input on a range of initatives which you can find below.

We've begun publishing findings from the Education Conversation - Kōrero Mātauranga consultation, events, fono and hui, please visit the link below to find out what we've heard.

The Education Conversation - What you told us 

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What’s happening now?

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. In total we received over 1,500 submissions. We attended almost 200 events and meetings all across New Zealand, listening to your feedback and thoughts on the proposals and getting a clearer picture of what you hold dear in relation to the vocational education system.

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. 

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

The NCEA Review

Last year over 16,000 people engaged with the NCEA Review, and over a quarter of these responses were from young people. With New Zealand’s help, we identified areas where NCEA could be strengthened. 

NCEA Change Package 2019

The Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, has announced the seven changes to NCEA.

Read more about the changes

Legislative proposals

The Ministry is currently undertaking consultation on three proposals aimed at improving education legislation. The proposals are:

1. strengthening the right to education;
2. prohibiting the offshore awarding of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA); and
3. renaming special schools and streamlining the legislation.

We would like to hear your views on these proposals. Discussion documents and information on how to make a submission can be found on the consultation legislation page.

Consultation closes on Friday 14 June 2019 and will inform the advice to the Minister on final policy proposals that would be submitted to Cabinet and, if approved, would be reflected in the wording of proposed new education legislation.

The Education Work Programme

Find out more about the Education Work Programme, what it’s made up of and how you get involved.


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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