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A collection of resources to support teaching Pasifika students.

STEAM poster mathematics

Pacific STEAM

Pacific STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, maths)
Five short videos and downloadable posters illustrating how Pacific peoples were always scientists, technologists, engineers, artists, and mathematicians.

Use the resource to encourage students to study STEAM subjects and carry their ancestors' legacy into the future.

Mana of the Pacific poster showing three smiling children.

Mana of the Pacific poster pack

Mana of the Pacific poster pack

Mana of the Pacific brings together inspirational proverbs and beautiful photographs that highlight the wisdom and resilience of Pacific peoples. These posters can be used to support and encourage Pasifika learners, as well as to instil an appreciation of Pacific knowledge and strengths in non-Pacific learners

‘O Lo‘u ‘Āiga - My family book cover

Poto series

The Poto series

A set of storybooks designed for learners from Years 4 to 8 available in Gagana Sāmoa and Lea faka-Tonga.

These resources help to grow and enhance Pacific learners’ language and literacy capabilities which support teachers to work in partnership with families and Pacific communities.

Language Enhancing the Achievement of Pasifika (LEAP)

Language Enhancing the Achievement of Pasifika (LEAP) 
Suggests practical ways you can use effective language teaching and learning principles with bilingual Pasifika students.

The resource brings together key aspects of research to support bilingual Pasifika students’ learning.

Kuku Airini cover.

Pasifika Early Literacy Project (PELP)

Pasifika Early Literacy Project (PELP)
Dual language resources that include a set of print and online texts to support the early language and literacy learning of Pacific children.

Support materials are available in Gagana Sāmoa, Te Gagana Tokelau, Lea Faka-Tonga, te reo Māori Kūki 'Airani, and Vagahau Niue as well as English.

Virtual and online learning

Virtual Learning Network (VLN) community
VLN's organisations work collaboratively with schools across New Zealand to provide access to a wide range of learning opportunities. They are not-for-profit independent charitable trusts. 

It includes, VLN Primary School, NEX Kōtuitui, NetNZ, and OLC (the latter two work mainly with area and secondary schools).

VLN Primary School

VLN Primary School
Dedicated to creating exciting learning opportunities for primary school aged children across New Zealand, using online learning technologies. The team are Education Professionals with many year’s classroom teaching experience.

Connects students with teachers from secondary and area schools within the NetNZ network. Courses are open to all students, including those from a non-NetNZ school, home schools, international students, or adult learners.

Online Learning Community (OLC)
Community of secondary schools in New Zealand where members share their resources that offer quality teaching and learning opportunities for their students.

Affiliated schools can offer their students a wide range of curriculum areas, courses and subjects, all based on the New Zealand Curriculum and NCEA qualifications.

NEX Kōtuitui
A "Network of Expertise" for online teachers. This developing teacher network is supported by MoE PLD funding. 

It is aimed at educators who teach online or who support online learners.

Teaching Samoan via video conference


Lalaosalafai Tu’ua teaches at Southern Cross Campus in Mangere.

He describes his experience of using video conferencing to teach Samoan at NCEA Level 3, and he highlights the opportunities this technology provides for students who would otherwise be unable to access this learning.

Enabling e-Learning

Using digital technologies to support Pacific learners – provides information, practical examples, and resources that support teachers to engage students and parents in learning.

Connecting with families and communities of Pacific learners – includes links to key resources, information about connecting with Pacific families through technology, and school stories on various topics such as understanding assessments and supporting second language learners.

Inclusive Education

Teacher, parent, and child sitting at a table in the school library looking at a book

Guide to supporting Pacific learners

This online guide provides teachers with practical classroom strategies to meet the needs of Pacific learners who require additional support.

Education Gazette articles

Pacific articles from the Education Gazette
This search result lists all the recent articles focusing on Pacific learners and teachers in New Zealand schools.