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Educational Leadership
School leadership
Māori Education & Support
Kaupapa Māori
Pacific-Led Education
Cultural competencies
Languages, Culture & Identity
Learning languages
Literacy and Numeracy
Strengthening skills
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About Us

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle empowers Kāhui Ako, kaiako, teachers, school leaders and tumuaki to achieve better outcomes for students and learners.

All languages are to be treasured

Languages, Culture & Identity

We offer programmes, workshops, in-person classroom support, online support and resources to help strengthen language learning in New Zealand schools.

Cultural competencies

Pacific-Led Education

Empowering educators, students, and communities to shape a future of educational excellence that is firmly rooted in Pacific identity and aspirations.

Improving instructional dexterity

Literacy and Numeracy

We work with schools to build the literacy and numeracy capability of school leaders and teachers to accelerate learning outcomes for all students.

Building and growing cultural capability

Delivering bespoke PLD to create equity through implementing culturally responsive practices that support all learners to live by their cultural heritage and identity.

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Creating equitable outcomes

Culturally capable teachers and kaiako locate knowledge that has been marginalised, connecting with and legitimising this knowledge in the curriculum. With these improved skills, you can take action to amplify the views of marginalised communities and those who identify with them.

Culturally capable teachers and kaiako are aware of practices that perpetuate discrimination, racism and inequity. You will be fully equipped to analyse and adjust practices to communicate and teach in ways that develop critical consciousness and sustain and value cultural identity.

We also work with Tapasā, the cultural competencies framework to increase the capability of teachers and leaders working with Pacific learners. Tapasā brings Pacific perspectives to effective and quality teaching practice at different stages of a teachers’ journey, in key areas and transition points for learners in primary and secondary education.

Yvonne Lim, director
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Learning outcomes

Work with our kaiwhakaruruhau facilitators to build and grow cultural capability in your organisation!

  • Increased cultural competencies and skills of teachers and staff
  • Better understanding of diverse and ethnic-specific identities, languages and cultures of Māori and Pacific learners
  • Quality pedagogical strategies that can be applied in day-to-day context
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Making an impact

Hear from educators whose practice have been positively impacted by our innovative approach to learning and professional development.

Mātauranga Māori with Dr Lisa Watson

The PLD with Dr Lisa Watson has significantly improved the teacher's knowledge of Mātauranga Māori, therefore broadening ākonga/students’ Mātauranga Māori. The knowledge that Lisa shared was invaluable. This improved teaching and learning programmes because teachers had a much better understanding of the topics.  Lisa also shared many excellent resources that teachers were able to use in their classroom programmes. This had a very positive effect on ākonga/students’ engagement and outcomes.  
Dr Lisa facilitated in the planning of Social Sciences and Science units of learning based on the Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories curriculum, which has been of huge benefit. She has removed the hurdles, and the deficits that some teachers may have previously had. In addition to the work with teachers, Lisa worked with school leadership to develop a Māori Education Plan; she has also worked alongside us with the local schools and hāpū (Ngāti Rēhia) to begin developing a plan and set of resources for the local schools.  Her input has been invaluable and will certainly impact on the lives of our ākonga/students now and in years to come.

Alison Ayr, Deputy Principal, Riverview School

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Cultural responsiveness

“Developing cultural responsiveness in our teaching practices empowers our educators to enhance their understanding for our young Pasifika children, families and communities. It’s important for us to be aware of our interactions to empower our Pasifika families to know they have a place”.

Deborah Jones, Head Teacher, Irongate Kindergarten

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Tapasā with Farm Cove Intermediate

"Farm Cove Intermediate is loving working on the Tapasā project with the Tui Tuia team! We are inspired by the bespoke programme that is being curated to meet our context. Thank you for the respectful and skilled manner in which you are guiding us on our journey."

Amanda Jaeger, Deputy Principal Tumuaki Tuarua

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Hands-on modelling and support

"Otaika Valley School had the privilege of working with Dr Lisa Watson last year developing our Te Reo school wide programme. Lisa immediately put all teachers and myself as principal at ease as developing learners. The hands-on modelling and support within classrooms was a standout and transformed into a commitment and confidence for all."

Terry Brock, Principal, Otaika Valley School

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Grounded in whanaungatanga and manaakitanga

"Taradale Intermediate has had the honour of having Sharron Fabish as part of our whānau at Taradale Intermediate for the past 7 years. Sharron has worked alongside our kaiako, guiding, mentoring and facilitating the journey we have been on with Te Reo and Te Ao Māori and a specific focus in the past 2 years of developing our Culturally Responsive and Relational Pedagogy.  Sharron’s approach is grounded in whanaungatanga and manaakitanga which has brought about a passion and a commitment, in our kaiako, to be part of this challenge to make a real difference in the lives of our ākonga."

Robyn Eddy, Acting Principal Taradale Intermediate

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Fresh, passionate and personable approach to PLD

"Our school has worked alongside Marian for a number of years now.  She understands the challenges and pitfalls for our staff and works hard to support, encourage and resource our team on our individual and collective journeys.  Because of her fresh, passionate and personable approach to PLD, we are always excited to see what new learning she has in store for us all."

Michelle Brown, Principal Waipipi School

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