Enhancement Theme Symposium 2019

A second AQA Enhancement Theme Symposium was held on Wednesday 1st November 2019, at Massey University's Pukeahu Campus in Wellington.

The Symposium provided an opportunity for members of university senior leadership teams, academics, professional staff and students, engaged with the topic of the theme - access, outcomes and opportunities for Māori students and for Pasifika students - to share and critique initiatives and approaches. Comprised of Plenary Sessions and Workshops, the Symposium focused on sharing experience, considering what could be achieved and exploring the impact of doing things differently.

The enhancement theme has been introduced to New Zealand universities as part of the overall model for Cycle 6 Academic Audit. The enhancement theme is led and undertaken by the universities, who have established a Steering Group to guide and oversee progress. Further information about the Cycle 6 Enhancement Theme can be found here.

Each university will utilise the experience and report from the Symposium as appropriate to their individual approaches and priorities in their own enhancement theme plans.  It will also contribute to Te Kāhui Amokura and Komiti Pasifika workstreams as well as the Enhancement Theme objective of being “explicit and transparent about how NZ universities are working together to progress parity in access, outcomes and opportunities for Māori learners and for Pasifika learners”.  


The topic for the Symposium was ‘Evidence and Evaluation’ and the objectives for the Symposium were to:

1.     Learn about current research and practice in evaluating initiatives from Māori perspectives and from Pasifika perspectives, 

2.     Share models, approaches and challenges, and 

3.     Develop principles and frameworks for evaluation. 




Māori and Pasifika panel members responding to questions about evaluating programmes or iniatives that support their sucess. 

 The audience engaging with a panel discussion around evaluating Pasifika initiatives. 

 Workshop discussion between academics, staff, tauira Māori and Pasifika.