Tui Tuia ki Tapasā

Tui Tuia's approach to Tapasā PLD is flexible and responsive. We partner with individuals and groups at schools and Early Learning Service centres to co-design Professional Learning and Development (PLD) support based on their strengths and needs. Our goal is to strengthen teachers' cultural competencies with Pacific learners, their families and communities.

Tapasā is a Samoan term loosely translated as a navigation compass. It can also be referred to as a guide on a journey. Tapasā serves multiple purposes. It can be used as a guide for teachers to navigate their journey of becoming more culturally competent, a foundation document for resource and curriculum development, induction, mentoring, professional learning, and supporting Pacific achievement and success.

There are three Ngā Turu (core competencies) that form the basis of the Tapasā framework:

Turu 1: Identities, languages and cultures.
Demonstrate awareness of the diverse and ethnic-specific identities, languages and cultures of Pacific learners.

Turu 2: Collaborative and respectful relationships and professional behaviours
Establishes and maintains collaborative and respectful relationships and professional behaviours that enhance learning and wellbeing for Pacific learners.

Turu 3: Effective pedagogies for Pacific learners
Implements pedagogical approaches that are effective for Pacific learners.


It will be facilitated via a blended mode of in-school or in-centre support, regional face to face workshops, and online delivery. The PLD will be co-designed and tailored to meet the needs of each Early Learning Service and school.


The PLD support will be implemented across a school year.


FREE of charge. This PLD is fully-funded by the Ministry of Education.

Places for 2022 are limited. We are now seeking expressions of interest for 2023.

Interested in bringing Tapasā to your school?