Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi – as the old net withers, a new net is made

A vocational education system that honors Te Tiriti o Waitangi

We are committed to reimagining vocational education through leading and building a system that honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We work to support Māori-Crown relations to meet the needs of Māori, iwi and hapū industry, businesses, learners, and their whānau to fill present and future talent needs.  This talent will underpin the sustainability, viability, and relevance of both the Māori and wider Aotearoa economies.  

Toitū te Waiora are committed to supporting Māori learners, wherever they are employed, to learn in ways that allow them to thrive.

A clear path and a limitless future

Our vision is that our Māori learners and their whānau are able to see a limitless future for themselves in their chosen vocation and have a clear pathway to success.

We are guided by the Education and Training Act 2020

The Education and Training Act 2020 focuses on honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and supporting the Māori-Crown relationship. 

Te Tiriti o Waitangi provides the framework that guides how these aspirations are enabled:

  • Kāwanatanga: Governance 
  • Tino Rangatiratanga: Sovereignty 
  • Mana Ōrite: Full citizenship and rights of Māori

Embedding Te Tiriti o Waitangi in our work

Toitū te Waiora have embedded the importance of honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi and supporting the Māori Crown relationship into our Orders in Council.

The aspirations of the Education and Training Act 2020 are represented across our government strategies:

  • Tertiary Education Strategy
  • Ka Hikitia – Ka Hāpaitia, the Māori education strategy
  • Tau Mai te Reo, the Māori language in education
  • Maihi Karauna, the Crown’s Strategy for Māori Language Revitalisation 2019 – 2023
  • He Kai Kei Aku Ringa, the Crown–Māori Economic Development Strategy. 
We acknowledge that Māori make up a growing share of our Aotearoa New Zealand workforce and that the iwi and hapū economy will continue to increase its contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand.  We are acting now to design the future of vocational education in Aotearoa. WDCs look forward to working with our partners across the vocational education, industry, employers and iwi and hapū to ensure the best outcomes.