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14 October 2020


Have your say: Draft Achievement Standards for Māori Performing Arts


Draft Achievement Standards and supporting resources for Māori Performing Arts have been released today for public feedback.

Schools, ākonga, parents and whānau, and the wider community are invited to provide their feedback by 1 November 2020.


To provide feedback, click on the links to the online questionnaires: 

Māori Performing Arts – NCEA Level 1

Māori Performing Arts – NCEA Level 2

Māori Performing Arts – NCEA Level 3


The provisional NCEA Level 1 subject list will be confirmed and announced by the incoming government. But to sustain the momentum of the NCEA Change Programme, we are progressing design and development work for Achievement Standards of some of the NCEA subjects not affected by proposed changes to the provisional subject list.

Māori Performing Arts was the only new subject included in the provisional Level 1 subject list and its development can proceed ahead of final decisions after the election period.

Subject matter experts from the sector are working with the Ministry of Education and NZQA to fast-track the development of draft Achievement Standards and supporting resources for Māori Performing Arts at all NCEA levels.

Once this development work is completed, students studying Māori Performing Arts will have both internal and external assessments, and be able to earn credits towards Achieved, Merit or Excellence endorsements.

At present, students studying Māori Performing Arts earn Field Māori Unit Standards, or they must use Achievement Standards from Dance, Drama or Music. Those Unit Standards will continue to be available to students who wish to use them.

The Ministry will conduct a pilot with selected schools and kura throughout the 2021 school year.

Together with NZQA, the Ministry plans to invite schools and kura that are currently delivering Levels 1-3 of Māori Performing Arts to take part in the pilot.

The Ministry also intends to apply, through NZQA, for consideration to have Māori Performing Arts added to the University Entrance list of approved subjects. This will require consultation with Universities New Zealand and universities.




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