E Whiti! E Whiti!

Real-world problem solving by ākonga

Watch the E Whiti! E Whiti! showreel

What is "E Whiti! E Whiti!"?

E whiti! E whiti! is a programme of three, two day workshops that engages year 10–13 ākonga | students in Ōtautahi | Christchurch to solve real-world problems of local businesses and organisations.

Through these hands-on workshops, ākonga are given the tools to creatively solve problems, self-reflect, and learn as they work towards developing their own unique and effective solutions to local equity challenges.

E Whiti! E Whiti! is free to apply for, funded by the Ministry of Education, and facilitated by Tātai Aho Rau Core Education.

E Whiti! E Whiti! can be translated as “Let’s cross over!”, evoking the metaphor of a bridge between ākonga and the professional world. This programme cultivates collaboration and mutual learning by both professional organisations, schools, and ākonga.

Please note that the 2024 cycle of E Whiti! E Whiti! has closed. Keep an eye on this page for updates for 2025!

What’s involved with this programme?

Schools will provide up to eight year 10–13 ākonga | students to attend three, two-day workshops, including multiple in-person design sprints, and the celebration event where ākonga share their solutions to real-world equity challenges!

Listen to the podcast below to hear more about what's involved, and past examples of ākonga solving real-world problems in E Whiti! E Whiti!

Download the information flyer 

Key information

E Whiti! E Whiti! will consist of three cohorts of four schools each, meaning a total of twelve schools are able to participate in this cycle of E Whiti! E Whiti!

The eight ākonga from each school will need to participate in each workshop, and the celebration event. This totals to six action-packed days of creativity and learning, and an event to showcase their solutions.

We will provide koha for kaiako | educators release as part of this programme, and support you to use E Whiti! E Whiti! as an evidence-gathering opportunity for NCEA standards including a discussion of NCEA alignment at the igniter hui.