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Resource Centre
Resource Centre

Search the Resource Centre for quality, practical resources to support tertiary teaching & learning.


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PD Programme
PD Programme

Find out more and register for our high-quality Professional Development workshops and events.

We're excited to be able share our new website with you. 

The new website will rejuvenate the Ako Aotearoa brand and we are looking forward to bringing you a more enjoyable user experience, better connecting you to tertiary teaching and learning resources, events, projects and more. 

New content is being added daily, so keep checking back.

We will be seeking feedback from you once it goes live, so explore, share, download and tell us what you think!

Going forward, all new Ako Aotearoa news items and resources will be featured on the new website. This current website will receive maintenance updates only. 


Every year, more than a dozen of our country's top teachers are celebrated at the national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards, hosted by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Innovation.

Since 2001, the awards have recognised nearly 200 teachers. 

The awards are open to part time or full time teachers with more than six years' teaching experience. You can apply individually or as part of a team.

Overall, the awards committee wants to see evidence of:

  • student-centred teaching practice maintained over a significant timeframe
  • teaching practices characterised by excellence, student engagement and effective learning
  • proactive professional development
  • positive influence on the teaching practice and development of others
  • sustained excellence, innovation and a unique contribution.
Highlights from Ako Aotearoa supported research projects

A report that presents highlights and key findings from projects that have been funded and co-funded by Ako Aotearoa since its inception.

The report takes key highlights from 45 funded projects and provides a range of insights, discoveries, and strategies that practitioners can utilise and learn from. The report also provides some indication of the gaps in research where further work is required.

Download the report here (PDF 5,516 KB)

This report demonstrates the impact Ako Aotearoa has made to Aotearoa New Zealand’s tertiary teaching sector.

Building capability and connection explores various streams of Ako Aotearoa work including; sector partnerships, co-funded change projects, cross-sector strategic events, the Professional Development programme, and Ako Aotearoa’s role as a leader in the tertiary teaching sector.

Download the report here (1,490 KB)