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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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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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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.

The Mana Model: Creating learning environments that foster the innate mana of ākonga

Improve the cultural capability of leaders and teachers in your school, kura or early childhood centre to create learning environments that foster Māori students' success.

The Mana Model: Creating learning environments that foster the innate mana of ākonga

Māori Education and Support








1 term









This online course of professional learning is designed to support school, kura or ECE leaders and teachers to enhance ākonga engagement, success and achievement based on Professor Melinda Webber’s extensive research which has resulted in her Mana Model framework.

About the course

Course information

This is an online PLD offering designed to support school, kura and centre teachers and leaders in creating learning environments that foster the innate mana of students.

Throughout this course you will learn meaningful and mana-sustaining ways to enhance participation, engagement and achievement of Māori students. You will also gain valuable, actionable insights on how to successfully implement the approach throughout your school or centre and its community.

Improve the cultural capability of leaders and teachers in your school, kura or centre to create learning environments that foster Māori students' success through five optimal conditions:

  • Mana Tangatarua – a diverse knowledge base and skill set
  • Mana Tū – social psychological competence 
  • Mana Motuhake – embedded achievement and embedded achievement
  • Mana Ūkaipō – belonging and relationship with place 
  • Mana Whānau – connectedness to others and collective agency 

From external testers on The Mana Model PLD:

 Great resources and variety of media, the functionality is clear and aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate. It's great having short pages and plenty of click-thru, as this gives the user a sense of achievement and momentum.

The course was easy to navigate and the content engaging. The "Practice in your Own Time" and "Reflective questions" are a great way to encourage participants to engage with the content on a deeper level and embed learning into practice.

I absolutely loved it! In fact I viewed and re-viewed  a few of the videos, and read carefully through all of the modules / presentations. [This is] a respectful, educational and participatory resource that I feel confident will meet the needs and abilities of a wide range of learners. The wairua that Professor Webber exudes is present throughout all of the modules, and I applaud you for your ability to capture that.
What we will cover

This programme will help you strengthen leader and teacher cultural capability through:

  • Exploring the potential of the Mana Model for enhancing ākonga engagement, success and achievement in your school, kura or centre
  • Building knowledge of each of the Mana Model’s five optimal conditions for success, to inform leadership and teacher practice  
  • Understanding the importance of mātauranga Māori and tikanga Māori for culturally sustaining pedagogy and enhancing school or centre relationships 
  • Adopting the Mana Model approach as an enactment of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to enhance ākonga engagement and success

Guided by Professor Melinda Webber's research, and facilitated by Tui Tuia kaiwhakaruruhau and facilitators, this term-long programme combines three key elements to help school, kura and ECE leaders and teachers further strengthen organisation-wide cultural capability:


Self-directed knowledge-building    ~3.5 hours

Learning modules focusing on the foundations, concepts and real-world integration of the Mana Model


Online, facilitated sessions     ~4.5 hours

Three 90-minute online sessions to build on in-school or in-centre application, reflection on learning to date and further discussion on important topics as guided by the Community of Practice

Learning Circle     ~2 hours

Online community of practice within the course for course participants to engage in curated conversation and reflect together on key learnings from the course and facilitated sessions


Cost: $449 (GST inclusive) per person

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