Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Open Polytechnic and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa partner

Open Polytechnic and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWoA) are working in an innovative partnership to digitise course content for one of New Zealand’s largest te reo Māori programmes.

The project involves converting Te Wānanga o Aotearoa’s Te Ara Reo Māori programme for blended delivery on Open Polytechnic’s iQualify online learning platform, including face-to-face teaching and learning support provided by TWoA tutors.

Along with deploying the iQualify platform, redevelopment work includes creating digital content and audio and video features.

Open Polytechnic Chief Executive, Dr Caroline Seelig, says the collaboration is a good example of two tertiary organisations combining their respective strengths for the benefit of New Zealand.

“Open Polytechnic is New Zealand’s specialist online learning provider and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is the largest Māori tertiary education organisation, so it’s exciting to be able to work together on such an important project.

“We developed iQualify because we wanted a truly learner-centric online learning platform that met our needs but that was also very flexible in the way it could be used by partners.

“It’s great to be able to work with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa as they innovate and move into blended learning.”

Te Taiurungi – Chief Executive Officer – of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Te Ururoa Flavell, says the organisation has embraced the iQualify teaching and learning delivery platform. He says iQualify was helping to transform tauira and their whānau towards success in education.

“It has transformed how we move our delivery models to include an online and digitally-blended learning medium.”

“The interactive approach for students through technology and face-to-face delivery, marae experience, and practical exercises allows us to continue providing our programme nationwide to address the appetite the country has for the Māori language. So our collaboration with the Open Polytechnic has been hugely beneficial to both of us and will excite potential learners.

“The collaboration experience with Open Polytechnic throughout this redevelopment project has been vast and mutually beneficial.”

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Broken Estate: An Expat Expert Surveys Our Media

Melanie Bunce cut her teeth in journalism at the Otago Daily Times. Now she teaches and researches it at one of the UK’s most prestigious journalism schools and tracks the trends that shape the uncertain future of news... More>>

Controversial Reforms: Te Papa Chief Executive To Step Down

Te Papa’s Chief Executive Geraint Martin announced today he will step down from the role at the end of the year. Mr Martin said he had achieved what he set out to do at the museum, and Te Papa was in a strong position for the future. More>>


A City Possessed: New Edition Of Book Coincides With Ellis Case Appeal

Originally published in 2001, A City Possessed is the harrowing account of one of New Zealand’s most high-profile criminal cases – a story of child sexual abuse allegations, gender politics and the law. More>>


Te Wiki O Te Reo: Tribute To NZers Embracing Te Reo

Māori Language Commissioner Rawinia Higgins says everyday New Zealanders are proving Māori language critics wrong by coming together and embracing our national, indigenous language. More>>


Howard Davis: Four Women In A Man Cave - The Pink Hammer

As the play's publicity package playfully inquires - “Five unhappy people in a shed full of tools. What could possibly go wrong?” More>>

Howard Davis: The NZSO Present Transfiguration

The rich, lush, and luxuriant music of Rachmaninov, Strauss, and Wagner will be in the capable hands of Asher Fisch and French Canadian pianist Louis Lortie. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland