Expressions of Interest - Pacific Studies Reference Group

Support the development of the new Pacific Studies subject

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Help develop the new Pacific Studies subject and apply to be part of the NCEA Pacific Studies Reference Group that will be established to determine its scope and its connection as a multi-disciplinary subject within The New Zealand Curriculum as well as identify the big ideas of Pacific Studies.

If you are interested, send your CV and cover letter, noting your relevant experience, to by 9 December 2021 (Thursday).

What the NCEA Pacific Studies Reference Group will do

The NCEA Pacific Studies Reference Group will provide expert advice and guidance to the Ministry of Education to support the development of the new Pacific Studies subject. This will include determining and refining the scope and big ideas of Pacific Studies, including exploring its place as a multi-disciplinary subject within The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC).

The Reference Group is expected to have 12 members and will have the following as their key tasks:

  • clarify the scope of Pacific Studies and its relationship with the NZC
  • identify and unpack the subject’s big ideas
  • advise on the teaching and learning support currently available for teachers of Pacific Studies, and
  • investigate the relationship with higher education qualifications available in relation to Pacific Studies and provide advice on the range of pathways.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a range of voices and want to see a balance of relevant expertise, knowledge and experience reflected across the Reference Group. Experienced senior secondary teachers, industry experts, academics and community leaders across New Zealand and the Pacific are encouraged to apply.

The Reference Group is envisioned to include Pacific Studies experts or those with specialist knowledge in Pacific education. They will also include assessment and curriculum expertise in The New Zealand Curriculum. 

We would like to see the following attributes reflected in the membership of the Reference Group as a whole:

  • experience delivering Pacific Studies in a secondary or tertiary setting
  • understanding of NCEA and assessment design and development
  • curriculum and PLD (Professional Learning Development) design expertise
  • understanding of student pathways and transitions to life after school (including understanding complexities and challenges of student transitions to further education and employment)
  • expertise in one or more learning areas and subjects
  • experience and expertise working with Pacific learners from across diverse settings
  • expertise in Pacific knowledges, contexts, or languages
  • understanding of teaching and learning resource development
  • experience in utilising digital technologies for teaching and learning and assessment.

Expert advice, if required beyond that present in the Reference Group, will be arranged and/or resourced by the Ministry of Education.

How to apply

Send your CV and cover letter to by 9 December 2021 (Thursday). Please keep your application concise (no more than four pages and as MS Word files), noting relevant experience.

If you have any questions, please email them to

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