Appendix 1

Context Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWOA) is the umbrella body for Ngā Puna Whakatupu. It is the one of the largest education providers in Aotearoa New Zealand. The philosophy of TWOA is based on kaupapa Māori values:


Te Aroha



Having regard for one another and those for whom we are responsible, and to whom we are accountable.



Te Whakapono



The basis of our beliefs and the confidence that what we are doing is right.



Ngā Ture



The knowledge that our actions are morally and ethically right and that we are acting in an honourable manner.






Unity among iwi and other ethnicities – standing as one.


TWOA is recognised as a Wānanga under the Education Act 1989. The unique characteristics of TWOA, its philosophy and goals, influence the aspirations of the whānau, kaimahi and children of Ngā Puna Whakatupu.

A major goal of TWOA is to provide education that best fits the aspirations of this generation, enhancing the dreams of future generations and prepares for understanding the essence of past generations. Within this aspiration the notion of intergenerational learning is apparent. Whānau transformation through education is a fundamental principle that underpins all educational programmes in TWOA.