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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.

Tapasā: Strengthening Pacific Cultural Competencies

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

Tapasā: Strengthening Pacific Cultural Competencies

Pacific-Led Education

Cultural Capability


Bespoke programme





Teacher Aide


1 year




Face to face



Northland | Tai Tokerau


Hawke's Bay | Tairāwhiti


Ministry funded


Tapasā is a cultural competencies resource for all teachers and leaders across all education sectors that builds the capability of Pacific learners. You will learn Pacific world views and how to apply them to their teaching practices. Tapasā is a resource that provides a Pacific learner lens to Our Code, Our Standards | Ngā Tikanga Matatika, Ngā Paerewa.

About the course

Course information

Tui Tuia ki Tapasā is a culturally sustaining, fully-funded professional learning and development programme that inspires, uplifts and supports teachers of Pacific learners, their families and communities. It is designed to be flexible, reflective and responsive to the needs of individual schools, Early Learning Services (ELS), and educators. We recognise the importance of tailoring our approach to make the greatest impact using collaborative relationships, leadership and tools.

We have been contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide Tapasā support to all schools and Early Learning Services in the North Island. In 2024, our areas of focus will educators in schools and Early Learning Services in Tamaki Mākaurau | Auckland and Te Tai Tokerau | Northland.

Watch the video below of Mayfield Kindergarten and Sancta Maria College sharing their inspiring journeys collaborating with our Tui Tuia kī Tapasā team of Pacific-Led Education specialists.

What we will cover

We use three Ngā Turu (core competencies) to enhance your cultural capability and teaching practice.

Turu 1 : Asks teachers to show awareness of the different ethnic-specific identities, languages and cultures of Pacific learners, parents, families, and communities.

Turu 2 : Asks teachers to develop and demonstrate collaborative and respectful relationships and behaviours that enhance the learning, understanding, and wellbeing of Pacific learners, parents, families, and communities.

Turu 3 : Asks teachers to implement pedagogical approaches that are effective for Pacific learners, parents, families, and communities.

As additional support, we will run a series of online Navigate webinar sessions throughout the course of the year. We use this time to connect with teachers, leaders, centres and schools involved in the Tapasā project to celebrate Pacific success, share effective practices and address issues that surface from our mahi (work).

Watch one of our online Navigate sessions below on Indigenous Pasifika Science.


Our teaching method will be facilitated through 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. By engaging in Tui Tuia ki Tapasā, you will benefit from a learning community that grows together using the four PLD approaches outlined in the diagram below:


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

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Tapasā Navigate 4 - June Webinar

ECE Special with Dr Jacoba Matapo

Wednesday 12 June, 7-8pm

Topic: Empowering Pacific Success in Early Childhood Education

In this webinar, three ECE experts will discuss successes and challenges arising from the Tapasā project to inform good practice and promote Pacific children’s success in education.  The discussion will emphasise the significance of a collective approach, honouring indigenous Pacific pedagogies, knowledge systems, spirituality, and language. By integrating these elements, kaiako can create more inclusive and effective learning environments that respect and elevate the rich cultural heritage of Pacific communities, ultimately contributing to the holistic development and success of Pacific children and their families.

Associate Professor Jacoba Matapo

Dr Jacoba Matapo has ancestral ties to Siumu Samoa and Leiden Holland. She is the first Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific at Auckland University of Technology. She is an Associate Professor in Pacific Early Childhood Education with over 15 years of experience in educational leadership, spanning ITE programme leadership, University leadership and leadership in ECE. She has led key Pasifika education projects, anchoring Pacific philosophy and pedagogies for learner success.

Learn more about Dr Jeanne Teisina and Dr Maria Cooper.

2024-06-12 7:00 pm
2024-06-12 8:00 pm