Iho Matua – Our Philosophy

Ako Aronui will contribute to the development of our university culture and community through its emphasis on acknowledging and celebrating the values of participants and the university of aroha (compassion), tika (integrity), and pono (respect).  Ako Aronui places manaaki (caring and generosity), oneness, sustainability, and aesthetics at the heart of an ethical and good education, so that a member of the AUT academic community will be able to work in a way which is considered and self-determined. In their daily practice they will:

Manaaki – Care for our learners, their communities and the land;

Whanaungatanga –  Build and maintain strong relationships;

Whakapiri –  Focus on the engagement and success of learners;

Whakamarama – Be enlightened and informed;

Auaha – Be creative and innovative with their approaches to ako; and

Whakamana – Be empowered and confident in making decisions that support the wellbeing of the AUT community.


The Ako Aronui Framework

The Ako Aronui programme is underpinned by the Ako Aronui framework. The dimensions to this framework have been taken from the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)* and contextualised with Māori philosophies, worldviews and values. The UKPSF is a comprehensive set of professional standards and guidelines for everyone involved in teaching and supporting learning, it can be applied to personal development programmes at individual or institutional level to improve teaching quality. It identifies the diverse range of teaching and support roles and environments. The Ako Aronui framework contextualises this so that it is specifically relevant to the Aotearoa New Zealand environment and also AUT’s special character and values.

The framework consists of three key dimensions: Hei Mahi: Areas of Activity; Ngā Uara: Professional Values; and Māramatanga: Core Knowledge.

The Dimensions of the Ako Aronui Framework

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*The UKPSF, its material and its content is developed by The Higher Education Academy and on behalf of the UK higher education sector, Guild HE and Universities UK. The copyright in this material and content is jointly owned by The Higher Education Academy, Guild HE and Universities UK. © The Higher Education Academy, Guild HE, Universities UK 2011. All Rights Reserved.