Our journey began in 2003 with a different name, Ultralab South. The organisation was very small and modelled on Ultralab North in the UK. Ultralab North was a public good, not for profit educational research and development institute with a reputation for working at the cutting edge of technology in education. Becoming CORE Education Limited in 2005 signalled a separation from Ultralab North, and a focus on developing a unique identity as a New Zealand-based organisation, with a commitment to the values of transparency, social good, and innovation.

Re-branded in 2010 as CORE Education Tātai Aho Rau (CORE) we began our shift towards being a bicultural organisation with a commitment to equity, inclusion and Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Te Tiriti). Today we have three offices, and over 200 staff, spread throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. As a social enterprise we are moving more strongly towards being a Tiriti-honouring organisation. We are committed to working in ways that demonstrate partnership. We call our approach Te Aho Tapu. It underpins our purposes and impacts all areas of our practice.