Tiriti Excellence

Ko te whakamau i Te Tiriti o Waitangi kia hira, kia ōrite hoki ngā ratonga ki a ngāi Māori
Embedding Te Tiriti o Waitangi excellence and ensuring service equity for Māori

Te Pae Tawhiti: Te Tiriti o Waitangi Excellence Framework

Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina

Seek to bring distant horizons closer, and sustain and maintain those that have arrived


The Review of Vocational Education (RoVE) offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a vocational and education training network premised on meaningful and authentic Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnerships as well as inclusivity and equity for Māori.

As an organisation, Te Pūkenga aspires to achieve Te Tiriti o Waitangi excellence. Our first step on this developmental journey was to understand our current Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori-Crown relations practice, and current capability and capacity to deliver to that aspiration.

Launched in late 2020, Te Pai Tawhiti, Te Tiriti o Waitangi Excellence Framework is a self-reflective tool that influences and guides our planning, activities and reporting in pursuit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi excellence as a unified network.

Our Work Plan

  1. Te Pai Tawhiti: Te Tiriti o Waitangi Excellence Framework

    Provides internal guidance on how the network is working towards achieving Te Tiriti o Waitangi excellence, giving effect through meaningful and authentic partnerships and ensuring the organisation is inclusive of, and equitable, for Māori.

  2. Te Pae Tawhiti: Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

    Network-wide integrated insights and evaluation function to support Te Pae Tawhiti quality assurance processes, reporting and continuous quality improvements. Ensures a whole-of-organisation approach to embedding Te Tiriti o Waitangi excellence.

  3. Māori Cultural Capability (MCC) Framework

    Supports the Māori cultural capabilities of all staff through the development, delivery and continuous improvement of systems, policies and processes such as recruitment, induction, remuneration, recognition and rewards.


  • Since mid-2021, Te Pūkenga has published extensive overview reports of the insights gleaned from three self-reflective practice processes – for our subsidiary network, Business Divisions of Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning and National Office.
  • This is the first time a comprehensive Te Tiriti o Waitangi practice analysis has been undertaken across the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and work-based training providers.
  • The reports identify current practices with potential that are being shared across the network to amplify impact for Māori as well as highlighting challenges and opportunities for improvement as we develop an organisation that will deliver inclusion and equity for and with Māori.
  • A network of Te Pae Tawhiti Champions throughout the subsidiary network are leading the implementation of Te Pae Tawhiti in their organisations and reporting on progress quarterly.
  • The number and influence of Māori leadership roles is increasing and contributing to the improvement of organisational structures, systems and strategies for both Māori learner success, and relationships with Te Tiriti o Waitangi partners.
  • A 2022 review of Te Pae Tawhiti has helped to inform a second enhanced version of the framework as well as the development of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) policy and self-assessment approach.