Pacific Education

Pacific education is a priority area of work for Government and the Ministry of Education. Accordingly there is much work going on in this area affecting Pacific children, students and communities. This page provides links to research and statistical material on Education Counts and other websites that may be of interest to those interested in Pacific Education.

Pasifika Education Plan, Monitoring and Progress

The 'Pasifika Education Plan' provides the Ministry of Education with strategic direction for improving education outcomes for Pasifika peoples in New Zealand.  The original plan 'Pasifika Education Plan 2001-2005' saw significant progress in meeting participation targets, however, making gains on achievement targets proved challenging.  

In June 2006 the 'Pasifika Education Plan 2006-2010' was released.  This plan built on the strengths of the previous plan while signalling areas where extra effort was required to make significant lifts in Pasifika student achievement. The 'Pasifika Education Plan 2008-2012' was relaunched in 2008.   The main focus here was a concerted effort to "step up" the plan to ensure Pasfika education enrolments confirmed to improve.  And to extend the timeframe of the plan to 2012 to align it to other key education strategies, such as Ka Hikitia, the Early Childhood Education Strategic Plan, and the Tertiary Education Strategy.

The revised 'Pasifika Education Plan 2009-2012' focused on raising achievement among Pasifika students. Government asked for the Pasifika Education Plan to be revised and to concentrate on those areas which would make the greatest difference for students. The revised Plan incorporated key Government initiatives such as National Standards in literacy and numeracy, which help to raise achievement in reading, writing and maths. There was also a strong emphasis on the need for schools to promote and respect all Pasifika languages, cultures and identities.

Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017

The Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017 builds on the momentum achieved to date, focusing on increasing participation in quality early childhood education, to drive higher literacy, numeracy and achievement of qualifications in schooling. This in turn will conrtibute to higher participation and completion of qualifications in tertiary education, resulting in greater social, cultural and economic benefits. The plan also aims to increase the accountability and responsibility of everyone in the education system.

This plan has been extended and is in place until the end of 2019. With potential significant change across the education system, delaying the development of the next plan will ensure the plan is still relevant and meaningful and that Pacific voice is fed into all of the major reviews.

Feedback from Pacific communities will be incorporated into the new plan which will be designed in discussion with communities later in 2019.

To see updates on the progress of the new PEP visit Kōrero Mātauranga or email at to subscribe to updates.

Pasifika Education Monitoring Report

The Pasifika Education Plan provides the Ministry of Education with strategic direction for improving education outcomes for Pasifika peoples in New Zealand. The Pasifika Education Plan: Monitoring Report assesses performance against the plan. It brings together information from the early childhood education, schooling and tertiary sectors to assess improvements in Pasifika education and forecast the likelihood of achieving the targets established in the Pasifika Education Plan.

Pacific Education Resources

Pacific Education Research Publications

The Ministry undertakes and commissions a considerable amount of research, much of which is being utilised in the development of Pacific education policies. Pacific Education Publications are released on Education Counts.

Pacific Education Statistics

The Ministry of Education holds various collections of statistical information obtained through Ministry of Education processes, including data on student participation and achievement, and sector performance across a range of educational and financial criteria. Pacific Education Statistics are released on Education Counts.

Education Sector Indicators

A set of Education Sector Indicators has been developed to help assess and monitor the 'health' of education in New Zealand. The indicators focus on the outcomes of education and training, and the important influences on those outcomes.

Indicators assist us to identify key strengths and weaknesses in the education sector and monitor the progress, or lack of progress, being made towards key educational goals.

A fundamental principle of our approach to monitoring is that where an indicator is thought to be worthy of monitoring, it should be monitored by separate ethnic groups as well as the total population. Two-thirds of the indicators have information on Pasifika, including tables of information.