Rangatahi Māori can now earn Achievement Standards on financial education for the first time

Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission has developed the country’s first te reo Māori Achievement Standard learning and assessment resources for financial education as part of its Te whai hua – kia ora, Sorted in Schools programme.

Te whai hua – kia ora, Sorted in Schools was launched four years ago and is the only programme to teach students about money that is fully aligned to both the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

The programme is used in 81% of kura and has been offering Unit Standards in various learning areas on financial capability but is now also able to offer Achievement Standard resources.

Te Ara Ahunga Ora Kaihautū / Director, Māori & Learning, Erin Thompson, says the programme is designed to teach rangatahi about money in a way that reflects their local knowledge and world view.

“Te whai hua – kia ora, Sorted in School resources teach practical money skills that link to their existing knowledge and grow their confidence with money,” she says.

“The new Achievement Standard resources in te reo Māori provide rangatahi the opportunity to gain NCEA credits while they learn about money and how to navigate future financial challenges.”

Te whai hua – kia ora, Sorted in School’s free resources cover a wide range of subjects, such as social sciences, health, and mathematics for Year 9 through to Year 13. The topics including KiwiSaver, taxation, saving and debt are offered through online resources and interactive activities, providing opportunities for group and individual self-directed learning.

Erin Thompson notes one of the strengths of Te whai hua – kia ora, Sorted in Schools is that it provides equitable access to financial education for all New Zealand secondary students.

“It has gained strong support from kaiako (teachers) over the past few years who value the resources which teach money in a way that resonates with their students.

“Aligning the Te whai hua – kia ora, Sorted in School’s resources with the New Zealand Curriculum and ensuring they are adaptable means kaiako can weave in the learning into whatever subject they are teaching,” says Thompson.

“Beginning early has so many advantages, concepts such as the importance of savings and impact of compound interest and advantages of avoiding bad debt – can set students and their families up for success.”



Notes to editors:

About Te whai hua – kia ora, Sorted in Schools

Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission launched Te whai hua – kia ora, Sorted in Schools in 2019, which now has 78% New Zealand secondary schools and 81% of kura taking part.

It is the first government-backed financial education programme fully aligned with the curriculum, so can be taught as part of day-to-day classes in subjects as diverse as maths, social sciences, technology, English and even health. The resources cover topics ranging from debt and money management to KiwiSaver and insurance and include learning and assessment materials for NCEA unit and achievement standards.

More than 300 resources, designed by teachers for teachers, are already available through the website sortedinschools.org.nz, and we deliver free professional development workshops and webinars to help teachers feel confident to teach the subject. Ask your secondary school if you haven’t seen them using it.

In 2021/22 68% of schools and kura have used Te whai hua – kia ora and 97% of teachers value Te whai hua – kia ora as a financial capability programme they like to use. And it’s all free.

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