Pasifika Education


Pasifika education is a priority area of work for government and the Ministry of Education.  Accordingly there is much work going on in this area affecting Pasifika children, students and communities.  This page provides links to research and statistical material on Education Counts and other websites that may be of interest to those interested in Pasifika Education.

Pasifika Education: Publications, Statistics, Indicators and Information

Please consider the environment before printing the contents of this report. For links to: 'Progress against the Pasifika Education Targets', Pasifika publications and indicators for the education sector please refer to 'Related Pages' inset box (top right).  For further Pasifika information including the Pasifika Education Plan, the Talanoa Ako newsletter and other related information, please refer to the external websites under the 'Where to find out More' inset box (right).

Pasifika Education Plan, Monitoring and Progress

Pasifika Education Plan

The 'Pasifika Education Plan' provides the Ministry of Education with strategic direction for improving education outcomes for Pasifika peoples in New Zealand.  The original plan 'Pasifika Education Plan 2001-2005' saw significant progress in meeting participation targets, however, making gains on achievement targets proved challenging. 
In June 2006 the 'Pasifika Education Plan 2006-2010' was released.  This plan built on the strengths of the previous plan while signalling areas where extra effort was required to make significant lifts in Pasifika student achievement. The 'Pasifika Education Plan 2008-2012' was relaunched in 2008.   The main focus here was a concerted effort to "step up" the plan to ensure Pasfika education enrolments confirmed to improve.  And to extend the timeframe of the plan to 2012 to align it to other key education strategies, such as Ka Hikitia, the Early Childhood Education Strategic Plan, and the Tertiary Education Strategy.

The revised 'Pasifika Education Plan 2009-2012' focused on raising achievement among Pasifika students. Government asked for the Pasifika Education Plan to be revised and to concentrate on those areas which would make the greatest difference for students. The revised Plan incorporated key Government initiatives such as National Standards in literacy and numeracy, which help to raise achievement in reading, writing and maths. There was also a strong emphasis on the need for schools to promote and respect all Pasifika languages, cultures and identities.

Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017

The Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017 builds on the momentum achieved to date, focusing on increasing participation in quality early childhood education to drive higher literacy, numeracy and achievement of qualifications in schooling.  This in turn will conrtibute to higher participation and completion of qualifications in tertiary education, resulting in greater social, cultural and economic benefits. The plan also aims to increase the accountability and responsibility of everyone in the education system.

Pasifika Education Monitoring Report

The Pasifika Education Plan provides the Ministry of Education with strategic direction for improving education outcomes for Pasifika peoples in New Zealand. The Pasifika Education Plan: Monitoring Report assess performance against the plan. It brings together information from the early childhood education, schooling and tertiary sectors to assess improvements in Pasifika education and forecast the likelihood of achieving the targets established in the Pasifika Education Plan.

Progress against Pasifika Education Plan targets

The Progress against Pasifika Education Plan Targets page on the Education Counts website provides the latest data and reports on the progress of each target in the Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017. Information on this page is updated as new data is made available.

Pasifika Education Resources

Pasifika Research Publications

The Ministry undertakes and commissions a considerable amount of research, much of which is being utilised in the development of Pasifika education policies. Pasifika Education Publications are released on Education Counts.

Pasifika Statistics

The Ministry of Education holds various collections of statistical information obtained through Ministry of Education processes, including data on student participation and achievement, and sector performance across a range of educational and financial criteria. Pasifika Education Statistics are released on Education Counts.

Education Sector Indicators

A set of Education Sector Indicators has been developed to help assess and monitor the 'health' of education in New Zealand. The indicators focus on the outcomes of education and training, and the important influences on those outcomes.

Indicators assist us to identify key strengths and weaknesses in the education sector and monitor the progress, or lack of progress, being made towards key educational goals.

A fundamental principle of our approach to monitoring is that where an indicator is thought to be worthy of monitoring, it should be monitored by separate ethnic groups as well as the total population. Two-thirds of the indicators have information on Pasifika, including tables of information.