Te Pou Mataaho – The evaluation and research group

We undertake research and evaluation to support Māori enjoying and achieving education success as Māori

We can identify:

  • relevant and current insights to influence and support improvement
  • conditions that contribute to effective practice
  • can identify the right people for the work that we do

We know the wellbeing of Māori learners, whānau, hapū and iwi has universal themes that include and reflect:

  • Te ao Māori, te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, Matauranga Māori
  • Tuakiri o te tangata

We honour strong, enduring and respectful relationships with Māori, whānau, hapū and iwi.

We work through and across the Māori and English medium sectors.

Read the research that we have published.


We provide specialist kaupapa Māori research and evaluation expertise

We use our expertise to:

  • provide national insights to support improvement and enhance provision
  • advance knowledge and grow the evidence-base using indigenous research methods
  • design and deliver a work programme that examines and builds on the quality and value of education provision for Māori learners in and across the education system
  • focus all our response efforts to:
    • Māori learners enjoying and achieving education success as Māori
    • the wellbeing of Māori learners and their whānau, hapū and iwi
    • the revitalisation of te reo Māori.
  • identify conditions and effective practices that will influence transformation for education in Aotearoa, for Māori learners.

We use our research and data pertaining to Māori immersion, and high population Māori education environments.

Our strong relationships and kaupapa Māori approach positions us well to conduct research which upholds the tikanga and integrity of a Māori learning environment. 

External groups access our services as we are well positioned to research across a range of paradigm.


What does Te Pou Mataaho mean?

Te Pou Mataaho means the ‘pole of foresight’.  This concept links to the imagery around Te Āhuru Mōwai which is the whare ours sits within.  Mataaho is another word for window and by this definition, the review and evaluation group provides vision and clarity to those within Te Āhuru Mōwai, including Te Uepū ā-MotuPou Mataaho is the pou which stands outside many whare.  Its role is to give vision and clarity to the house itself, giving the people within a clear direction.