Manaiakalani is a long-established community of learners who engage collaboratively to increase student outcomes through applied evidence based improvement in teacher practice.  

The Manaiakalani Programme is supported by the Manaiakalani Education Trust .  

The Manaiakalani story

In 2007, a community of learners, whānau and educators in the Auckland suburbs of Glen Innes, Pt England and Panmure (collectively known as Tāmaki) embarked on a project to raise student outcomes and  build capacity and engagement through the combination of media and digital technologies and effective teaching practice.  

Our collective success in developing digital citizens of learners and their wnau has been well documented and is now a model for socioeconomically disadvantaged school communities all over New Zealand.

By offering students full digital citizenship, the Manaiakalani Programme helps them realise their potential.

We enable our learners and their whānau to access their learning anywhere, anytime and at any pace.

We support parents to invest in a  digital learning device for their child , provide wireless internet access at home and school , and drive evidence-based  innovation in teaching methods.


We've developed and designed a range of resources, tools and networks to support the Manaiakalani programme.

Our pedagogy puts our young people at the very centre of their learning.

Our learners live in a digital world and are educated in digital learning environments, so we support our teachers to become "At Home in  Digital World".

Cybersmart learning is embedded in our Manaiakalani goals and supports our learn, create, share pedagogy

Watch real teachers, in real classrooms!  We share our learning with you through Manaiakalani Class OnAir. 

Our innovative teachers provide a network of support and mentoring as they explore ways to enrich the lives and learners, their whānau and community.

Manaiakalani supports communities of learning across NZ to access and afford digital citizenship.

Ho kohinga rauemi tēnei e whai ana kia tau te angitū ki ngā ākonga katoa ma roto i te ako, i te hanga, i te tohatoha.

"If a child was continuously present in a Manaiakalani school, that is they got the full ‘dosage’, the rate of gain in writing was twice that expected nationally. This means that these students on average made one more year’s progress above the expected rate per year if they were there for three years. The accelerated rate for reading and maths, although lower at half a year’s additional gain, was still educationally significant."

Professor Stuart McNaughton, Director of the Woolf Fisher Research Centre (WFRC) and Chief Education Scientific Advisor for the Ministry of Education, 2017