Tertiary Educator account

Register for a Tertiary Educator account to use Pathways Awarua with a group of learners and access the Professional Development pathways, including the Cultural Capability pathways.

Educators, trainers and tutors can register and create a ‘group’ for their learners on Pathways Awarua. The educator can manage their learners’ membership, recommend specific modules for learners, track the progress of individuals and generate a group report for all learners in their group. 

Selecting your tertiary organisation from the list at registration connects your group to your wider organisation.  If your organisation is not on the list you can use the email link on the registration form and request to be added. We strongly recommend you complete the modules on the How to use Pathways Awarua pathway to familiarise yourself with the interface and functionality.

Pathways Awarua helps learners become self-directed in their learning, as it’s easy to use, fun and engaging. It gives learners’ skills that they can use every day, in contexts that are both familiar and useful. 

There are over 400 modules to choose from, linked to the steps of the Learning Progressions for Adult Numeracy and Literacy.  As learners move along the pathways the modules introduce more complex knowledge and skills. Modules are structured so that as learners progress through the module the teaching scaffolds are removed until the learner is independently using the new skill or concept. There are modules specifically tailored to trade and service industries, and supplementary modules that provide extra practice.

Help your learners build their essential skills. Their success will give you better outcomes in your class. Together, you can really go places now on Pathways Awarua.


Cultural Capability account

Register for a Cultural Capability account to access Ako Aotearoa's Cultural Capability pathways. You can help your Māori and Pacific learners achieve greater success by building your own knowledge, confidence and cultural capability. This account will have no educator functionality, instead, you, the educator, will be the learner.

Driving this work is the need for the tertiary sector in Aotearoa to deliver high quality teaching and learning that is more culturally-appropriate for our Māori and Pacific students. This is particularly relevant for people working at the Foundation level of tertiary education (Levels 1–3) where literacy and numeracy skills are absolutely key to learner success and achievement.

Connecting to your learners on a cultural level can lead to stronger relationships, improved engagement, increased pass rates and ultimately, better learning outcomes for them.


The Māori Cultural Capability pathway

This pathway offers a great springboard to gaining the cultural knowledge of Te Ao Māori that can make all the difference for how educators and support staff relate to and support Māori learners.

There are 4 modules centred around 4 Māori values:

Ako – learning and teaching
Manaakitanga – consideration for other people
Rangatiratanga – own learning decisions
Whanaungatanga – relationships


The Pacific Cultural Centredness pathway

This pathway includes seven interactive modules based on different Pacific nations: Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu.

Each module focuses on:
The core values held by each Pacific nation.
Participation in activities and reflection to help embed the values in your knowledge bank.
Gaining practical tools to help you implement the values when engaging with Pacific learners.