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Taupo Community of Learning

Kāhui Ako, Sharing the Learning and Knowledge


About our Community

“To make a positive difference for akonga in the Tuwharetoa rohe”

The Taupō Kāhui Ako is a collaborative educational relationship between 14 schools and 14 early learning centres. Our Kāhui Ako is in the Tūwharetoa rohe, in Taupō. Ngāti Tūwharetoa ariki Tā Tumu te Heuheu and his education team continue to take an active interest in education by working alongside learning centres and the Kāhui Ako to improve learner success in our rohe.

This collaborative relationship between all parties enables us to identify the different strengths, expertise and possibilities across sectors and share practices within our Kāhui Ako to benefit all learners.


Kaiako in early learning services (ELS) can support Kāhui Ako to:

  • better meet the needs of children transitioning to school
  • influence positive education outcomes from an early age.

Whānau can be confident their children are getting the best start to their education when ELS work closely with schools/kura and other services in a Kāhui Ako. This approach supports a focus on lifelong learning and enables a smoother transition to school.

Kāhui Ako collaboratively identify three to five achievement challenges using a range of data and evidence related to student achievement. ELS can contribute to the development of these challenges by considering the shared links between Te Whāriki, The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa – and identifying what progress might look like across the child’s learning pathway.

ELS, Iwi and the community form an essential part of the learner pathway. When services and schools understand each other’s practices and share expertise and resources, overall teaching quality improves, leading to better outcomes for children at every stage of their educational journey.