Māori Achievement Collaborative




Māori Achieving Educational Success as Māori. The provision of relevant contextually authentic and culturally affirming teaching and learning programs.


Ngā Aro

Core Principles

The MAC Kaupapa utilises the Measureable Gains Framework (MGF) developed by the Ministry of Education in response to the development and implementation of ‘Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success’ and Accelerating Success as a critical review and evaluation tool. Within this there are specific areas of focus:

  • Te Tiriti 0 Waitangi – The articles of the Treaty and the Implications for schools.

  • Effective Educational leadership; Culturally responsive learning contexts and systems.

  • Culturally responsive effective teaching for Māori learners.

  • Māori enjoying and achieving education success as Māori.

  • Māori learner progress and achievement (including proficiency in te reo Māori)

The kaupapa also looks at developing:

  • An inclusive school culture with an emphasis on language, culture and identity;

  • Mana whenua and school relationships and partnerships;

  • The co-construction (with iwi/mana whenua) of a Māori student graduate profile;

  • A localised curriculum

  • Te Reo, Tikanga and Te Ao Māori

  • Critical review and strategic planning

The thing that is most valuable is hearing the ideas and success other schools have had. Visiting schools and seeing what is in place has been a real privilege. Just knowing another leaders journey is useful in terms of helping our own journey and navigating bumps along the way.


MACs are committed to the goal of Māori educational success as Māori, as defined by Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013-2017 (Ministry of Education, 2013). MACs’ vision of ‘A Change in the Hearts and Minds of Principals’ reflects an intention to foster collaboration and personal and professional growth leading to changes in individual school leadership practices aimed at Māori success. MACs have worked to create a critical mass of collective leadership so that positive change is sustainable and enduring and impacts on all members of a school community, staff, students, parents and whānau.

In 2013 when MACs formally began, there were 6 regional MACs clusters, each with regional facilitator (a fulltime principal). The clusters were located in Te Tai Tokerau, Tāmaki Makaurau, Waikato, Rotorua, Taranaki and Ōtautahi. While the initial contract for the MACs catered for 6 regions and 47 school leader participants, demand for the programme has increased exponentially in 2016/2017. With support from the Ministry of Education in 2016 for a fulltime National Co-ordinator, MACs now caters for 8 regions (including Ōtepoti and Te Matau-a-Māui) and 156 principals inclusive of 3 preschools. Total students involved increased from 16,286 in 2013 to 41,681 in April 2017. The number of Māori students has grown from 6,111 in 2013 to 12,119 (29%) in April 2017. Of the 12,119 Māori students 4,628 (38%) are identified as having learning support needs.