About Us

Ako is the professional journal for 50,000 educators who are members of NZEI Te Riu Roa. It is produced winter and summer. The Ako website features the main articles in the journal but also expands and goes into depth on some of those topics and themes, including links to resources for educators to share and use, and video to illustrate and inform. The website is updated regularly in order to keep thinking on New Zealand’s world-leading teaching and learning, current and sustainable.


In te ao Māori, the concept of ako means both to teach and to learn. It recognises the knowledge that both teachers and learners bring to learning experiences and it celebrates that knowledge and understanding grow out of shared learning experiences.


To learn more about NZEI Te Riu Roa or to join, go to nzei.org.nz