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It is my pleasure to present you with Tū Rangatira: Māori Medium Educational Leadership. It brings together shared ideas, experiences and leadership practices from the Māori medium education sector.

The document has been released after open consultation with the Māori medium education sector. Many thanks go to all who have contributed to the development of this document.

The Ministry and the Māori medium sector are committed to working with whānau to deliver an education system that focuses on raising the achievement of Māori learners. Research has identified that effective school leadership has a significant influence on shaping students’ achievement in learning. This document outlines the many daily activities school leaders manage to support and encourage learning in their schools.

Tū Rangatira: Māori Medium Educational Leadership sets out a framework for kura leaders, boards of trustees, whānau and communities. It challenges tumuaki and senior leaders in Māori medium education to be visionary and inspirational so that Māori are able to enjoy education success as Māori. It acknowledges the many and varied leadership roles that exist for those working in the sector. It supports the realisation that Māori potential resides within Māori learners themselves.

Tū Rangatira: Māori Medium Educational Leadership has been developed to support Māori world views and philosophies as articulated in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa to support learners’ experiences in Māori medium schooling.

Improvements in education system performance for and with Māori learners will be led by committed and enthusiastic leaders who constantly challenge themselves to realise the potential of Māori learners. Tū Rangatira: Māori Medium Educational Leadership is a major step in that direction.

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Karen Sewell

Secretary for Education

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