Cycle 6 Enhancement Theme

Enhancement Theme materials and resources have moved to a dedicated Enhancement Themes website. Please go to The materials on this page will be retained for a short period. However, all new materials will be added to the new page.


Cycle 6 Academic Audit includes an Enhancement Theme in which universities collectively address an issue which is important to individual universities and of national significance.  The topic for the Cycle 6 Enhancement Theme is “Access, outcomes and opportunity for Māori students and for Pasifika students”. 

The findings and outcomes from enhancement theme initiatives should be relevant to other groups of students.

An Enhancement Theme Steering Group has been formed to guide and oversee theme activites and progress.  The members of the Steering Group are:

  • Professor Robyn Longhurst, University of Waikato, Chair of the Enhancement Theme Steering Group
  • Professor John Morrow, The University of Auckland
  • Walter Fraser, Auckland University of Technology
  • Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai, University of Waikato
  • Professor Giselle Byrnes, Massey University
  • Associate Professor Meegan Hall, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Professor Catherine Moran, University of Canterbury
  • Dr Lorraine Petelo, Lincoln University
  • Margaret Morgan, University of Otago
  • Dr Darryn Russell, Chair, Te Kāhui Amokura
  • Tuari Potiki, Te Kāhui Amokura
  • Associate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban, Pasifika member
  • Dr Tasilete Teevale, Pasifika member
  • Mamaeroa Merito, Tumuaki, Te Mana Ākonga
  • Ali Leota, Pasifika student member

Sheelagh Matear, AQA Executive Director, and Fiona Johnson-Bell, Te Pouhārō, Portfolio Manager – Education System & Māori, UNZ, provide secretariat support to the group.

From left: Dr Tasilete Teevale, Professor Bruce McKenzie, Professor Linda Trenberth, Professor Mark Barrow, Margaret Morgan, Professor Ian Wright, Professor Robyn Longhurst, Professor Giselle Byrnes, Professor Pare Keiha, Fiona Johnson-Bell, Tuari Potiki, Ali Leota, Associate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban, Walter Fraser 

Enhancement Theme Resources and Materials

Terms of Reference
What is an Enhancement Theme? An introductory video outlining the background and aims of the Enhancement Theme
Answers to frequently asked questions
Enhancement Theme Frameworks 
Summary of University Enhancement Theme Initiatives
Enhancement Theme Symposium Report
Enhancement Theme Symposium 2018 - photographs, videos and resources from the event
Interim review of the Enhancement Theme and response from the Enhancement Theme Steering Group 



Compilations of research, good practice guides, evaluations and strategic frameworks relevant for the enhancement theme are available at the links below. These resources will be updated through the enhancement theme.

Te Kāhui Amokura: Resource Inventory (2017)
Pasifika Resource Inventory (2017)