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About the consultation

The Ministry of Education and Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (the Wānanga) are considering legislative changes to better recognise:

  • the individual and collective mana and tino rangatiratanga of the Wānanga,
  • the Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi-based relationship between the Wānanga and the Crown, and
  • the unique role the Wānanga play in the tertiary education system.

The Ministry and the Wānanga have developed a shared proposal to create an enabling framework for the Wānanga sector in the Education and Training Act 2020 (E&T Act). This enabling framework would allow each Wānanga to work in collaboration with the Ministry to develop new rules in terms of who they are accountable to and how, their purpose and functions, and their governance structures.

Public consultation is now open, and we look forward to hearing your views.

What is being consulted on?

This consultation seeks your feedback on four issues:

  • Issue 1: Overall legislative design for the Wānanga sector which includes:
    • Option 1: Developing consistent administrative provisions for Wānanga in the E&T Act.
    • Option 2 (preferred option): Establishing an enabling Wānanga sector framework within the E&T Act that would allow Wānanga to:
      • Option 2a - Bespoke Tertiary Education Institution (TEI): Continue to be considered a TEI, with specific purpose, function and governance arrangements agreed between the Wānanga and the Government, or
      • Option 2b - New statutory entity: Become a new type of statutory entity which keeps its focus on education provision and but has greater independence in terms of its administrative arrangements, including accountability to iwi
    • Option 3: Developing separate primary legislation for individual Wānanga, outside the E&T Act.
  • Issue 2: More detail about the preferred legislative option (option 2 above), focusing on the characteristics of a Wānanga and provisions for establishing a new Wānanga
  • Issue 3: More detail about the preferred legislative option (option 2 above), focusing on how the Order In Council could enable each Wānanga to have different administrative settings (within set parameters).
  • Issue 4: Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi consistency, focusing on how the whole Wānanga sector framework aligns with Te Tiriti/the Treaty.

The Ministry of Education and Te Wānanga o Raukawa have also been working together on a proposal to reconstitute Te Wānanga o Raukawa as a new statutory entity under the proposed Wānanga sector framework (Option 2b). The proposal for reconstituting Te Wānanga o Raukawa is an individual expression of the kaupapa and aspirations of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

Public consultation is also open on the proposal to reconstitute Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

Te Wānanga o Raukawa reconstitution proposal

Consultation materials

The Wānanga sector framework proposal is outlined in detail in our discussion document. We also have a summary of the Wānanga sector framework discussion document and an A3 overview document for this consultation process. A reo Māori summary of the discussion document will be available soon.

Discussion Document: Wānanga Sector Framework [PDF, 1.5MB]

Summary of Discussion Document: Wānanga Sector Framework [PDF, 2.6MB]

A3 overview of Wānanga Sector Framework consultation [PDF, 347KB]

How to have your say

We are holding online engagements give you the opportunity to learn about the proposals and how they might affect you, and provide feedback.

We are holding an online hui for iwi and hapū on Friday 7 October at 10am. You can register on Eventbrite to attend: Hāpu and Iwi Hui - Wānanga Sector Framework Tickets, Fri 7/10/2022 at 10.00am | Eventbrite.

We are also holding an online hui for the general public on 14 October at 10am. You can register at Eventbrite to attend: Public Hui - Wānanga Sector Framework Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite.

For information about these hui or our other targeted engagements, please email us at wananga.consultation@education.govt.nz.

You can submit your whakaaro through our online submission form, or you can use the submission template and email us at wananga.consultation@education.govt.nz.

The consultation is open until 4pm on 28 October 2022.

What will happen with your feedback?

Following this consultation, the Ministry of Education will provide an anonymised summary of submissions to Te Wānanga of Raukawa, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Te Wānanga of Raukawa, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, as well as the Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education) and the Minister of Education will consider the views expressed and feedback received through the consultation. The Ministry of Education will update this webpage on how the work is progressing, including timelines and next steps, following policy decisions.

All submissions received by the Government will be subject to the Official Information Act 1982.

Please set out clearly in your submission if you object to the release of any information in the submission, and in particular, which part (or parts) you consider should be withheld, together with your reasons for withholding the information. The Ministry of Education will consider such objections when responding to requests under the Official Information Act 1982.

We look forward to hearing your views on the proposals.