Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko learning

Our education system equips children and young people with the skills and knowledge to participate, create and thrive whatever pathway they choose to take.

In response to this fast-evolving world we have adapted our National Curriculum to now include digital technologies learning.

Schools and kura

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Digital technologies for English medium

Hangarau Matihiko for Māori medium

Comprehensive support packages for both mediums


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Equipping students with the necessary digital skills to take part, create and thrive in this fast-evolving world

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko student information

Parents and whānau

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Responding to the future digital skills that your child will need

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko parents information:

Businesses and employers

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Demand for people with digital skills far outstrips supply.

The role of the NZ education system is critical to address this issue.

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko information for businesses and employers

Resources on the curriculum change

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Factsheets in multiple languages, posters, links

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko resources

More information on the curriculum change

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Learn more about the change and what we heard during the public consultation

More information on the curriculum change

Watch an introductory video on what the new curriculum content is all about

What’s changed?

In the Technology Learning area of the New Zealand Curriculum, there are two new areas:

Computational Thinking for Digital Technologies

Students will develop and understanding of computer science principles that underlie all digital technologies. They’ll learn core programming concepts so that they can become creators of digital technology, not just users.

Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes

Learning how to design quality, fit-for-purpose digital solutions. 

In the Hangarau Wāhanga Ako of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, there are two new tupuranga:

Te Whakaaro Rorohiko (Computational thinking)

Includes using te reo Māori to express problems, formulate solutions and solve them using algorithms, programme and data representation. 

Tangata me te Rorohiko (People and computers)

Includes designing and developing digital outcomes while considering their role and responsibility as digital citizens.

Who is the curriculum content intended for?

This curriculum will be available for all students from Year 1 to Year 13. Students have the opportunity to specialise from year 11 to year 13.

We are starting with NCEA Level 1 achievement standards, which will be available for use from 2018. Levels 2 and 3 will be made available from 2019.

By the end of Year 10, all young people should be digitally capable - able to use and create digital technologies to solve problems and give them an advantage whatever pathway they choose to follow.


In term 1 2020, it will be expected that all schools and kura will be teaching the new curriculum content.

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