Kia Eke Panuku

High Quality and Culturally Relevant Programmes


Develop and offer a range of culturally relevant, quality programmes that:

 1. Integrate and embed mātauraka Māori (i.e. Māori knowledge)  3. Uphold the mana of mana whenua (i.e. iwi and hapū with whom the institution partners) through the observation of and adherence to tikaka ā-iwi/tikaka ā-hapū across all Otago Polytechnic campuses
 2. Are Māori-specific, imbued in Te Ao Māori and delivered from a kaupapa Māori perspective  4. Teach learners the importance of cultural capability in the bicultural context of Aotearoa/New Zealand
3. Provide Māori learners with tailored pathways into either employment or higher qualifications 5. Equip OP graduates with the capability (i.e. skills, knowledge and attributes) to become culturally capable practitioners



New programmes and programmes under review undertake a rigorous process with the5 Office of the Kaitohutohu and Learning and Teaching Development Team to ensure the following are integrated throughout the programme:

  • Mātauraka Māori and kaupapa Māori perspectives
  • Culturally responsive and inclusive learning and teaching practices
Māori learners observe their language, culture and knowledge authentically embedded throughout their programme of learning, thereby inspired to participate, learn and succeed as Māori
Programmes of learning at Otago Polytechnic integrate mātauraka Māori in a relevant and meaningful way (as well as being discipline-specific and embed sustainability, this includes the use of te reo Māori, tikaka Māori, Māori values and perspectives) Learners graduate from their programme with a base level of cultural capability

All learners have the opportunity to graduate with: · Micro-credentials in introductory Te Tiriti o Waitangi, te reo Māori and tikaka Māori (i.e. all integrated into their programmes of learning);

  • Bicultural capability and other transferable skills via the Learner Capability Framework; and
  • Elements of mātauraka Māori that are relevant and applicable in local, regional, national and global contexts