ASA speak at NZQA symposium

Talofa lava, Mālo e lelei, Ni sa bula Vinaka, Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Mālo ni, Fakatalofa atu, Halo olgeta & very warm Pacific greetings!

NZQA is hosting a symposium on Thursday 22 April to share successful ways of engaging Māori and Pacific students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The programme includes perspectives from schools and industry leaders who are successfully involving high proportions of Māori and Pacific students in STEM; and provide practical tools to help you encourage your students to pursue STEM pathways.

ASA is humbled and privileged to share our model and talanoa at this forum. See video below of our presentation at this event.

Keynote speakers for this event

Judge Andrew Becroft - Children's Commissioner

His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed a District Court Judge in 1996, and became the Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand in 2001. He held the role until 2016 when he was appointed the Children’s Commissioner.

 The Office of the Children’s Commissioner is focused on ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand is a place where all children can thrive. The current Children's Commissioner is Judge Andrew Becroft. Before taking up the position on 1 July 2016 he was New Zealand's Principal Youth Court Judge.

Judge Becroft will speak about equity in the New Zealand context.

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Dr Prendergast-Tarena

Dr Eruera Prendergast-Tarena (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Apanui) completed his PhD in 2015 through the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship with his research supported by his Ngāi Tahu Research Centre Doctoral Scholarship and a Fulbright/Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Indigenous Scholar Award.

Dr Prendergast-Tarena will reflect on what equity would mean for Māori and Pacific people. 

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What does NZQA do in the education sector? 


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NZQA's role in the education sector is to ensure that New Zealand qualifications are accepted as credible and robust, nationally and internationally, in order to help learners succeed in their chosen endeavours and to contribute to New Zealand society.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA; Māori: Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa) is the New Zealand government Crown entity tasked with administering educational assessment and qualifications. It was established by the Education Act 1989.

NZQA administers the National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and the New Zealand Scholarship for secondary school students. It is also responsible for the quality assurance of non-university, tertiary training providers, the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications, and the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. It has further roles in evaluating overseas qualifications.