Manaiakalani, the hook from heaven, has become known throughout New Zealand for supporting schools in low socio-economic and challenged communities to achieve significant improvements in student outcomes, realising learners' potential and enabling digital citizenship for tauira and their whānau. The following descriptors provide entry points for learning more about Manaiakalani and the people in this partnership.

Manaiakalani Schools

The Manaiakalani cluster of 13 schools forms a community of learning in Tāmaki ie. Glen Innes, Pt England, Panmure.

From our origins in 2006, we have grappled over the years with challenges like:

"How to make school engaging, empowering and success making?"

And, "How do we guarantee equity and access so that our young people have the same opportunities for 3rd millennium citizenship as everybody else?"

Russell Burt, Principal, Pt England School convenes the Manaiakalani Cluster.

The Manaiakalani Programme

The Manaiakalani Programme (TMP) provides the framework for what we do as we educators and learners in a digital world.

It incorporates:

  • Pedagogy

  • Kaupapa

  • Development Streams

  • Cybersmart delivery

A team of facilitators and specialists support the implementation of the Manaiakalani Programme locally in Tāmaki and around the country, through the Manaiakalani Programme Outreach.

Dorothy Burt leads this team.

Manaiakalani Education Trust

The Manaiakalani Education Trust (MET) began in 2011 to form a governance body in support of TMP and in service of the schools

"We are fundamentally challenging the notion in New Zealand that just because you’re living in a low socio economic community you can’t do well at school."

Chair of Manaiakalani Pat Snedden believes living in a low socio economic community should not determine your education outcomes nor your opportunities.

Pat Snedden, Chair,

Manaiakalani Education Trust

Kāhui Ako

In 2016 the Ministry of Education recognised the Manaiakalani schools as a Kāhui Ako - "a group of education and training providers, that form around their students’ education pathway, working together to help students achieve their full potential."

"Schools and kura within a Kāhui Ako are resourced to allow time for teachers to work together on tackling their achievement challenges, drawing on each other’s skills, knowledge and experience. Kāhui Ako also open up new career opportunities for principals and teachers."


Watch these videos

This series of videos have been created to tell our story


Research since 2013

Professor Stuart McNaughton

Director - Woolf Fisher Research Centre
Dorothy Engagement 3.mp4

Design to Engage

Dorothy Burt

Manaiakalani Programme Lead
Russell Equity and Access.mp4

Equity and Access

Russell Burt

Principal, Pt England School
Aireen Engagement 1.mp4

Engagement, the Hook

Aireen Ah Kui

Tamaki Primary

iPads, Apps and Google Drive

Clarelle Davis

Year 3 Teacher, Pt England School

Infrastructure & Devices

Kent Somerville

Associate Principal, Pt England School