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

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Languages, Culture & Identity

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

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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.

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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.

Pacific-led Education

Helping teachers and leaders build cultural capability to accelerate learning outcomes for Pacific learners.

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Supporting Pacific Learners

Mālō ni, Kia orana, Talofa lava, Mālō e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, and Warm Pacific Greetings!


We partner across the Pacific Islands with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and Pacific Island ministries of education to improve teacher practice and student literacy standards. We believe that cultural heritage, faith, family and service are important values to be passed from generation to generation.

To find out more email tuituia.pasifika@auckland.ac.nz

Yvonne Lim, director
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Our People

Our passionate and experienced kaiwhakaruruhau facilitators are dedicated to delivering world class PLD for schools across New Zealand, the Pacific, Australia and internationally. They are supported by our Senior Leadership Team.

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Tui Tuia ki Tapasā

Tapasā PLD

To enquire about our Tapasā PLD, please get in touch with us at tuituia.pasifika@auckland.ac.nz.

  • Bespoke Tapasā support for schools
  • Cultural capability for all organisations
  • Regionally-allocated PLD
  • Resource development

Tailored support for your school

Tui Tuia ki Tapasā is designed to be flexible, reflective and responsive to the needs of individual schools, Early Learning Services, and educators. We recognise the importance of tailoring our approach to make the greatest impact using relationships, leadership and tools.

Our approach to Tapasā PLD support is about collaboration and partnership. We work alongside schools and Early Learning Services to co-design and deliver bespoke PLD that meets the needs of individuals and groups of teachers and leaders and their learning journeys.

Recent mahi

Explore our recent mahi, articles, resources, and more below!

UniServices: Training educators to better support Pacific learners

To help schools better support Pacific learners, the Ministry of Education has introduced the Tapasā cultural competencies framework, the product of two decades of research. Read the full article below!

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Navigate session: Action Plan for Pacific Education (APPE)

In this presentation, Jacoba and Tofilau Siliva discuss key features of APPE and the potential for transformative practices to enhance Pacific success within ECE services and schools.

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Monthly online sessions for Tapasā PLD

Every month, we connect with all teachers, leaders, centres and schools involved in the Tapasā project to celebrate Pacific success, share effective practices and addresses issues that surface from our mahi (work). If you would like to attend, reach out to us using the button below!

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2023 Regional summit in Nadi, Fiji

Our Programme Manager Dagmar Dyck recently attended the Regional Summit on Advancing Resilience and Inclusion through Sustainable School Leadership in Nadi, Fiji. Learn more about her experience below!

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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.

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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We can create bespoke course offerings to suit you and your school or kura's needs. Get in touch with us today so we can tailor our approach in helping you and your learning community!

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