Kaiwhakaako Māori Kaiwhakaako Māori

Kaiwhakaako Māori teach in te reo Māori at primary and secondary schools.

Kaiwhakaako Māori may do some or all of the following:

  • plan, prepare and teach programmes for primary or secondary students
  • set and mark assignments and tests
  • assess students' work for internally assessed components of qualifications
  • record children's progress and write reports
  • help children develop social skills and behaviours
  • meet with parents, whānau or caregivers, individually or at parents' evenings
  • attend departmental and staff meetings
  • take part in or organise extracurricular activities such as sport, camps or drama
  • keep up to date with curriculum changes and assessment methods
  • maintain regular contact with local iwi, marae and community groups.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for kaiwhakaako Māori includes:

  • work with Māori
  • Māori language courses
  • marae work
  • work with young people
  • counselling
  • work with people with disabilities
  • community work.

Personal Qualities

Kaiwhakaako Māori need to be:

  • skilled at communicating with students and adults from a range of backgrounds
  • organised and good at solving problems
  • friendly, supportive, and good at listening
  • positive, enthusiastic and able to motivate children
  • creative, adaptable and resourceful.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for kaiwhakaako Māori includes:

  • work with Māori
  • Māori language courses
  • marae work
  • work with young people
  • counselling
  • work with people with disabilities
  • community work.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter a teacher training programme.

Kaiwhakaako Māoris can earn around $47K-$73K per year per year.

Kaiwhakaako Māori may progress to become senior teachers or heads of department. They may also move into management roles, such as assistant or deputy principal, and principal.

Outside the school system, kaiwhakaako Māori can teach trainee teachers in tertiary institutions or move into research and policy roles in the education sector.

They may also use their qualifications, experience and knowledge of te reo Māori to move into businesses such as publishing, writing and professional development training.

Kaiwhakaako Māori