Te Kawa Maiorooro Te Pūkenga

Educational Regulatory Framework

Te Kawa Maiororo Te Pūkenga Educational Regulatory Framework will ensure the integrity and quality of teaching, learning and assessment throughout Te Pūkenga network to enable our learners to achieve.

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Work on the framework commenced in July 2020 with the intention to develop one unified set of fit-for-purpose regulations to govern all learning (including workplace learning) and teaching throughout Te Pūkenga. This work was supported by representatives from across the network and TITOs, with input from ākonga. 

The first draft regulations were shared across Te Pūkenga network for engagement and feedback in mid-2021. Feedback was received and reviewed by Te Pūkenga Academic Delivery and Innovation team and a summary report provided to Te Poari Akoranga Academic Board and circulated to Chief Executives and Academic Managers across the network. 

In late 2021, working groups were established to review the regulations and develop the underpinning procedures for Enrolment, Assessment, Recognising Learning, and Learning and Teaching, including Concerns, Complaints, and Appeals, and Academic Integrity, and Awards and Graduation. The working groups included subject matter experts from across the network and Transitional ITO partners.  

All working groups were overseen by the Quality Steering Group which includes academic managers, Work-based Learning and Workforce Development Council representatives, and representatives from Te Pūkenga Partnership and Equity team and Te Pūkenga Pacific Fono. 

Preparing for 2023

The working groups completed their mahi in July 2022. With input and feedback from the Steering Group and network academic and quality managers, Te Kawa Maiorooro was reviewed in preparation for this final engagement round.  

The changed approach to the operating model and business transition model have required some reworking of Te Kawa Maiorooro to enable and support its implementation on 1 January 2023 within the context of business divisions.  

The proposed approach provides space for local processes to continue to apply, where indicated, under the overarching umbrella of Te Kawa Maiorooro. This will ensure a smooth transition for ākonga and kaimahi, ensure the quality and integrity of delivery, and allow for business division context. 

Share your thoughts

Please take some time to look across the content (shared below in sections). Kaimahi are welcome to share any feedback via this form by midday, Friday 7 October 2022. Feedback can also be provided via email to academicregulations@tepukenga.ac.nz.  

Access the feedback form here.

Educational Regulatory Framework overview

Te Kawa Maiorooro includes an introduction and nine sections. A brief summary of each section is provided along with identification of where local processes will apply.  Consideration is being given to governance oversight for decisions made using local processes. 

As you read through the documents, you will see decisions being made by the ‘delegated authority’. While some decisions are likely to sit with the Regional Lead, Te Pūkenga Quality team will work with each business division on the appropriate function for each delegated decision that sits locally or with a business division.  

Educational Regulatory Framework


The introduction provides the purpose, scope, and framing of Te Kawa Maiorooro as the overarching regulatory framework for Te Pūkenga. It also speaks to our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi through the explicit inclusion and integration of the five goals and two objectives of Te Pae Tawhiti.


This section includes a provision allowing the delegated authority to approve a waiver or variation to any provision of Te Kawa Maiorooro in exceptional circumstances. This delegated authority will be the Regional Lead proposed in the operating model – the provision will be updated once the title is confirmed. This clause has been included to enable business divisions to be responsive to ākonga and regional need as required. 

Programme Regulations

This section provides a brief overview for ākonga on programme regulations and is aligned with mahi being done in the Programme Unification project around programme templates. Once the programme regulations template is confirmed, this section will be expanded to provide more information on each section to ākonga. The Introduction allows for programme regulations to override provisions in Te Kawa Maiorooro where approved by the delegated authority and that provision is restated here. Any such overrides must be included in the programme regulations and/or other programme documentation for ākonga. 


Recognising knowledge and skills

The regulatory document provides ākonga with an overview and statements around Te Pūkenga approaches to Recognising knowledge and skills. Consideration will be needed for managing this important process until such time as a national centre is in place to oversee it. The working group has completed significant documentation around the processes and is working on a policy. 



The key focus for this section is to provide an inclusive and enabling framework for our learners. The document is separated into two parts, one ākonga facing and one for staff working in this area. Local processes will apply for exceptional circumstances enrolment decisions.  


Ākonga rangahau and research

This section includes regulatory statements on ākonga rangahau and research. The working group also developed two Intellectual Property Policies. These have not been provided for this engagement round as discussions are underway on the development of an IP Framework for Te Pūkenga which is explicitly referenced in the regulations. This will be updated once a decision is made on this important area. The working group also developed an Ethics process flowchart, but some additional work is needed before it is released to the network. Until a national approach is confirmed, local processes will apply. 



This section provides high-level regulatory statements on assessment for ākonga and to guide kaimahi practice. Much of the detail has been removed for inclusion in a national assessment policy which will include parameters for variations to assessment, assessment concession procedures, and reconsideration.


  • Local processes will apply for variations to assessment, assessment concessions, and reconsiderations until a national assessment policy is in place. Any restrictions to variations for unified programmes must be approved by the delegated authority during development of the programme and detailed in programme documentation for ākonga.  
  • Resulting and completions will follow local processes. 
  • Te Pūkenga Academic Integrity policy has been developed but some additional work is needed on the delegations for approval before it is released to the network; in the interim, local academic integrity policies will apply. 
  • Assessment in te reo Māori is standard practice in Te Kawa Maiorooro and work needs to be done on how this will be supported across the network.  
  • Te Pūkenga grade tables will apply to programmes as they are unified  


To view the assessment regulations, please click the document below:

Concerns, complaints, and appeals

Two policies have been developed – Concerns and Complaints Policy and Appeals Policy. Both are based on a centralised unit to manage, facilitate, and support all dispute resolution processes for Te Pūkenga. Further discussions will be required on how these processes will be managed under current business division structures until a centralised unit is in place.  


Awards and graduation

The Awards section provides high-level regulatory statements relating to awards and eligibility. The biggest change for some parts of the network will be confirmation of eligibility and conferral of the award happening at the same time. This is current practice in some parts of Te Pūkenga but not in others. The intention is not to take away the ritual of graduation but rather ensure ākonga receive their awards as quickly as possible without having to apply to graduate in absentia or request a letter of completion. All ākonga will be able to participate in the graduation ceremony of their choice. 


This section also includes the award of Honours (for Master degrees), Merit, and Distinction (for degrees at level 7 and above). The intention is that this will become standard practice for Te Pūkenga degrees and above as programmes are unified and where any regulatory body allows it. Any such award will be detailed in the programme regulations and must align with the parameters (the required grade point average) for such an award  (to be included in the Programme Regulations section). 


Local processes for confirming eligibility and local graduation procedures/ceremonies/academic dress will apply. All ākonga will have the opportunity to participate in Graduation and will be able to walk at the ceremony, event, or location of their choice.  


Removed sections

These sections have been removed from Te Kawa Maiorooro and will be reintroduced at a later point. Local procedures and policies will apply at this time.  


  • Akōnga rights and responsibilities This section will be folded into an expanded Ākonga Rights and Responsibilities approach that includes in more detail what ākonga can expect from Te Pūkenga and what Te Pūkenga commits to providing, as well as more clearly stating ākonga responsibilities. Until this mahi is completed, current local/business division codes of conduct and breach of discipline processes will apply. 
  • Learning, teaching, and training – Much of this section has been moved to Ākonga rights and responsibilities. This includes information on orientation, participation and engagement, learning workloads, information and support, ākonga feedback, and ākonga conduct. This section also included information on dealing with harassment, discrimination, and bullying as well as Health and Safety and these will be incorporated into the relevant Te Pūkenga policies 

Share your thoughts

Kaimahi are welcome to share feedback on Te Kawa Maiorooro by midday, Friday 7 October 2022