Poipoia te Mokopuna: A whānau-centered evaluation


CORE’s Te Ohu Rangahau (the Māori research and evaluation advisory group), supported by the Early Years and Research Teams, is carrying out a whānau-centered developmental evaluation of Poipoia te Mokopuna for the Ministry of Education.

“He purapura i ruia mai i Rangiātea, e kore e ngaro.”
We are the descendants of Rangiātea, we will endure.

Poipoia te Mokopuna, established by MoE late 2013, is underpinned by the principles of Te Whāriki (Early Childhood Curriculum) and Ka Hikitia (the Māori education strategy). It is designed to meet the diverse learning needs of whānau, and is focussed on tamariki and mokopuna under three years of age who:

  • are not currently engaged in formal early learning programmes
  • need guidance and support to provide intentional early learning activities for their children
  • need support to develop ideas and activities that incorporate reading, talking and playing in the home and outdoors.

The evaluation design is grounded in kaupapa Māori ethics, and evaluation values that appreciate context, complexity and nuance. The full evaluative report will be completed in early 2016.
The evaluation is being led by Alex Hotere-Barnes and supported by Mandy Jackson as co-evaluator. Evaluation team members include: Maria Tibble, Ngatai Walker, Phoebe Davis, Tracey McAllister, Wharehoka Wano and Wawaro Te Whaiti.


Education Gazzette Article on Poipoia te Mokopuna: Confident, Connected Whānau