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Almost 50,000 New Zealanders have participated in the Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation so far.

Our vision

From the rich conversations we have had the Government has released its vision for the future of New Zealand 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 overwhelming aspirations of New Zealanders, as expressed in the kōrero, for a more inclusive, equitable, connected and future focussed New Zealand learning system.

Our future objectives and actions

A strong sense of what New Zealanders want education to do, for every learner, their whānau, our communities, and our nation, has also emerged from the kōrero.

Reflecting these aspirations, the Government has decided on five objectives to help shape a stronger education system with all New Zealanders. It has also set out a series of actions, over 10 years, to achieve these objectives, and to realise the vision for the future of education. 

These objectives are:

  • Learners at the centre of education – learners with their whānau at the centre of education
  • Barrier-free access –great education opportunities and outcomes are within reach for every learner
  • Quality teaching and leadership – quality teaching and leadership make the difference for learners and their whānau
  • Future of learning and work – Learning that is relevant to the lives of New Zealanders today and throughout their lives
  • World-class inclusive public education – New Zealand education is trusted and sustainable.

You can read more about these objectives, and the actions we are taking to achieve them in this document:

Consulting on our educators future priorities

Much of the power for educational change sits with places of learning, working in partnership with their students and local communities. But we will achieve more if we are working towards shared priorities and people can share insights and expertise, and imagine and problem solve together through our networks.

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, from early learning to tertiary education and training, will share.

Online surveys on the NELP and the TES priorities are available for you to complete here: 

Have your say - take the NELP survey Have your say - take the TES survey

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. The TES sets the long term strategic direction and priorities for the tertiary education system.

NELP and TES summary document:

NELP and TES discussion document:

You can find more translations of the summary document in other languages on the Resources page

We think these priorities reflect what you have told us matter most to making a difference to the progress, success and wellbeing of all our ākonga/learners, and particularly to those most disadvantaged by our current system.

Setting shared priorities does not mean that every place of learning needs to focus improvement on the same things at the same time, or in the same way, but it will ensure that, the things that matter most are not left to chance.

We are consulting on the NELP and TES together because we want you to help set the priorities for all providers across all of education at the same time. This follows feedback from many New Zealanders that our ākonga need to experience a more seamless education; one that more responsive and knowing of their needs and aspirations, no matter where they are in it at any given time.

Email Submissions

We also welcome submissions on the NELP and TES, which can be emailed to: NELP.TES@education.govt.nz


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