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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.

Māpura: Gifted Ākonga

Māpura is the glint, the spark of awakening and wonder in the eye of an engaged ākonga. It represents the shining quality of educational experience we seek for all learners, and speaks to the environment and structures required to enable and sustain this quality for mokopuna and ākonga. Māpura addresses the specific needs of gifted ākonga Māori and Pasifika, grounded in Māori and Pasifika worldviews, and centring indigenous knowledge, culture, and language.

Māpura: Gifted Ākonga

Māori Education and Support

Cultural Capability

Pacific-Led Education


School-wide programme






1 year



Face to face




Northland | Tai Tokerau


Ministry funded


Māpura provides a comprehensive support package for schools and kura to identify and develop programmes for gifted Māori and Pasifika learners and employs a pūmanawa | tāleni-centered approach. Māpura’s goals include enhancing the understanding of effective teaching strategies in identifying giftedness, improving responsiveness to gifted learners’ needs, and promoting holistic well-being in view of giftedness. By participating in Māpura, schools and kura can engage with a rich, culturally relevant educational experience that supports the diverse gifts and talents of Māori and Pasifika learners.

About the course

Course information

The Māpura initiative is a support package that will provide a range of additional learning opportunities designed to meet the diverse gifts and exceptional talents of Māori and Pasifika gifted learners, including their social and emotional needs. Māpura takes a pūmanawa | tāleni centered approach to the desired outcome of Māori and Pasifika ākonga, identified as gifted, enjoying and achieving education success as Māori and Pasifika; and to assist all ākonga to experience and recognise their pūmanawa success associated with identified needs.

Māpura PLD will:

  • upskill one teacher from each selected school or kura. Teachers/kaiako will be provided with support materials, resources, and training,
  • help communicate, and consult with whānau, and the school community to develop a shared understanding of giftedness for Māori and Pasifika for their community
  • work together with the school community to ensure that the curriculum is rich, meaningful, and tailored to the unique needs and talents of gifted Māori and Pasifika learners.   
  • enable schools and kura to continue to develop awareness of the particular social and emotional characteristics of Māori and Pasifika gifted ākonga and promote their holistic wellbeing.  

We invite schools in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and Tai Tokerau Northland to attend our online huitopa information session learn more.

  • Date: Tuesday 23 July 2024
  • Time: 3.30-4.30pm
  • Where: Online

Please register in the section below to receive the online link for our hui topa.

What we will cover

As a result of participation in the Māpura programme, we expect that: 

  1. Māori and Pasifika Gifted learners will begin to report improvements in their emotional/social and overall well-being as well as having their learning needs met. 
  2. Gifted learners who are Māori and Pasifika begin to report that they are supported as Māori or as Pasifika.
  3. Parents, communities and whānau are empowered to make positive decisions about learning options for their gifted tamariki 
  4. Schools and kura use tools and planning resources to improve their in-setting responsiveness to Māori and Pasifika gifted learners  
  5. Teachers and kaiako in schools and kura better understand the kinds of learning opportunities they can design with and for their Māori and Pasifika gifted learners.

Targeted supports will be delivered in a range of  ways according to the Pūmanawa Mokopuna Māori and Pasifika framework:

  • In-person one day wānanga for lead kaiako of selected schools and kura, in Te Tai Tokerau (Northland) and Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) regions
  • Cluster hui series, including online learning clusters, for lead kaiako of selected schools and kura
  • A range of digital resources for schools and kura. This support is available for up to 500 kaiako across Aotearoa



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

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Huitopa Information Session

Whakapā mai! Please register here to receive the link to our upcoming Huitopa on Tuesday 23 July, 3.30-4.30pm via Zoom.

2024-07-23 3:30 pm
2024-07-23 4:30 pm

Māpura - Expression of Interest for Participation

Please register here to express your interest in participating in this PLD.

2024-08-19 9:00 am
2025-06-20 3:32 pm