Strengthening Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko in the curriculum - consultation

The Ministry of Education now invites submissions on the draft Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko (DT | HM) curriculum.

The Ministry of Education is strengthening The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa to equip our learners for the increasingly digitalised workplace and society. This will keep New Zealand competitive.

DT | HM will be included in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa from 2018.

Make a submission using the online survey tool (external link)


New Zealand is a digital nation. Digital technologies are transforming how we live  –  shaping our homes and our workplaces, and changing the way that we interact with each other and live our everyday lives.

Our education system needs to change how we prepare our children and young people to participate, create and thrive in this fast-evolving digital world.

Consultation process

The consultation process will run until 3 September. We are particularly keen to hear from the education and technology sectors as well as parents, students and their whānau.

We welcome your feedback and all submissions will be considered with a report back later this year, prior to the curriculum’s implementation in 2018.

Register to attend an information workshop or watch our workshop video

You can watch our workshop video here (external link)

Alternatively, there will be opportunities at workshops around the country to learn more and provide feedback over July and August 2017.

Multiple sessions will be provided in each region, and will be targeted to specific audiences:
Morning session - focused on school, kura and kahui ako leaders and members of Boards of Trustees
Afternoon session - focused on teachers and kaiako - split into two workshops, English and Māori medium
Community evening session - focused on parents, whānau, community and industry

The table below provides the list of available dates for each region. Please register your interest in attending one of the workshops (external link) .

Workshops LocationDates
Workshops Location Dates
Greymouth  July 25
Nelson July 31
Rotorua (August 1 Community Evening / August 2 Leaders & Teachers) August 1-2
Hamilton (August 3 Community Evening / August 4 Leaders & Teachers) August 3-4
Auckland (Central and East)  August 7
Auckland (North) August 9
Whangarei August 10
Kaitaia August 11
Auckland (South) August 14
Auckland (West) August 15
Wellington (August 16 Community Evening / August 17 Leaders & Teachers) August 16-17
Tolaga Bay August 18
Napier August 21
Palmerston North (August 22 Community Evening / August 23 Leaders & Teachers) August 22-23
New Plymouth August 24
Invercargill (Leaders & Teachers Mid morning, Community Afternoon, Note: no evening session) August 25
Dunedin  August 28
Christchurch August 29
Timaru (Note: No evening session) September 1

Make a submission

Our priority is to ensure that the new curriculum content will work for teachers, kaiako, schools and kura, so our learners can achieve the best possible learning outcomes.

We need your feedback to ensure we have got it right. Your feedback will also be invaluable for determining the supports leaders and teachers will need to effectively implement the new curriculum content in their Kāhui Ako, schools and kura.

The National Curriculum is composed of The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa which set the direction for student learning and provide guidance for schools as they design and review their curriculum.

Read the details of the draft learning area in the consultation documents.

When you provide feedback we encourage you to consider the following questions:


To what extent does the updated Technology Learning Area reflect the vision of the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa?


  • To what extent are the linkages between the proposed new content and the rest of the curriculum clear?
  • How might we reflect digital technologies learning in the name of the Technology Learning Area?


How useful is the consultation material in considering how to integrate and adapt the proposed DT|HM content to design local curriculum for your students?


In relation to the consultation material, how easy to understand was:

  • How all the elements of the changes fit together?
  • How the elements of the changes fit with the existing Technology Learning Area?
  • How easy to understand were the various parts of the proposed new curriculum content?


Consider whether the proposed new curriculum content:

  • Helps me to understand student progress in Computational Thinking for Digital Technologies
  • Helps me to understand student progress in Designing and developing digital outcomes

Future Focus

  • To what extent do you agree that the proposed new content ensures students have the skills, knowledge and capabilities they need to fully participate in the 21st century and beyond?
  • To what extent do you agree that the intent and direction of the proposed new content will have a positive impact on students’ competencies in thinking, using language, symbols and texts, and participating in and contributing to communities of the future?

Making use of the new curriculum content

  • What do you anticipate being the biggest challenge in teaching and integrating the DT | HM curriculum content into teaching programmes?
  • What support do you think you might need to strengthen your teaching practice across the Technology Learning Area?

Make a submission using the online survey tool (external link)


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