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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?

Shaping a stronger education system with New Zealanders


Our vision

The Government has released its vision for the future of education:

Whakamaua te pae tata kia tina – take hold of your potential so it becomes your reality

We are descendants of explorers, discoverers and innovators who used their knowledge to traverse distant horizons. Our learning will be inclusive, equitable and connected so we progress and achieve advances for our people and their future journeys and encounters.

Whaia te pae tawhiti kia tata – Explore beyond the distant horizon and draw it near

This vision reflects the aspirations of New Zealanders, as expressed in the Kōrero, for a more inclusive, equitable, and connected learning system.

To reflect these aspirations, we have come up with five objectives and a series of 10 Year Actions. Both are designed to shape a stronger education system.

You can read more about these objectives, and the actions to achieve them here:

Shaping a stronger education system with New Zealanders [PDF 952KB]

Consulting on our educators future priorities
To help us all achieve our vision, and the objectives we have set for the future of education, we are now consulting on the draft priorities that all education providers will share.

These priorities are in the draft Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities [NELP] and the draft Tertiary Education Strategy [TES]. The NELP sets the priorities for early learning, kohanga, schools and kura. Tertiary Education Organisations must show how they will contribute to achieving the priorities set out in the TES through their investment plans.

The full NELP and TES discussion documents, our survey response forms, and the place to send your submissions, is here:


Consultation on the draft TES concludes on 25 October 2019. Consultation on the draft NELP closes on 25 November.

Reform of Vocational Education

The Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, has announced the Government’s decisions aimed at creating a strong, unified, sustainable system for all vocational education that is fit for the future of work and delivers the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive. 

The new system will have a stronger focus on employers, delivering the skills they need, providing more support for their employees, and ensuring greater consistency in vocational education across the country. Longer term, this will increase the number of employers who are engaged in vocational education.

Learners will receive more support while they are training, and vocational education that is more relevant to work. They will be able to move more easily between regions and between on-the-job and off-the-job, and will be able to continue training more easily if their employment situation changes.

For full details of the changes, including information sheets for specific learner, school and employer audiences, and FAQs visit:

The Reform of Vocational Education Conversation 

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




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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