Pūtea Whakawhanake Pouako | PPTA Learning and Development Centre

The PPTA Te Wehengarua has a storied commitment to the ongoing development of the education sector and, most importantly, the professionals working within it. Kaiako need more than just time to excel at their jobs; they must be supported by learning and development opportunities that professionally enrich them.

Welcome to the Pūtea Whakawhanake Pouako | PPTA Learning and Development Centre

Through the application of our committee’s pedagogical knowledge and expertise, in conjunction with the country’s best educational delivery partners, we develop and deliver enriching educational experiences for Aotearoa’s post-primary kaiako.

Each of our programmes and initiatives embodies the values of the Pūtea Whakawhanake Pouako | PPTA Learning and Development Centre:


          Te āheinga ā-ahurea | Cultural competence

Te whakawhanaungatanga | Building relationships

        Whakaauaha | We innovate

Whakatīnanatia | We deliver


If you have any queries about our current or upcoming programmes, please email us at LearningandDevelopment_Centre@ppta.org.nz. You can keep abreast of our programmes via monthly bulletin updates by subscribing to our newsletter.

Our Mahi

To develop our mahi, we listen to Aotearoa’s teachers to understand the challenges they face, to provide the most impactful learning and development opportunities to grow their professional practice. This ensures that the teaching workforce can respond to the challenges posed by learner needs in our rapidly changing world. 

The following learning and development opportunities are free for post-primary kaiako. To be notified of new programmes, short courses or grant opportunities, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Tohu-moroiti / Micro-credentials 

Women in Secondary Educational Leadership 


Past conferences 

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Our Kaupapa

Our Centre’s purpose is to support the kaiako workforce to provide equitable high-quality post-primary education to New Zealand’s rangatahi. 

We are a trusted party in the management and delivery of large value educational programmes across the sector. This includes managing fund negotiated with the Ministry of Education, which is devoted to providing learning and development opportunities to kaiako. This funding is targeted at critical learning areas identified in consultation with our members.

To deliver on the PPTA’s commitment to being a leader of learning and development, we have a dedicated group of educators leading our programmes. 

In early 2022, we were humbled and honoured that two of Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s mana whenua iwi, Ngāti Toa and Te Atiawa, gifted us a very special name, Pūtea Whakawhanake Pouako. The iwi wanted the name to be simple and accurate, capturing the essence of our learning and development mahi, yet also redolent with mana.


Pūtea means pool (a literal pool, rather than puna, a spring), in this case referring to a pool of resources.

Whakawhanake is used by Te Puni Kokiri as development; it also refers to the phases of the moon. Taken together, this imagery evokes continued tidal and seasonal changes, and ongoing.

Pouako, or teacher, refers to kaiako needs.


This name is significant as the mahi we undertake gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles and nurtures our Tiriti partnership relationships.

Contact Us

If you have any queries about our current or upcoming programmes, please email us at LearningandDevelopment_Centre@ppta.org.nz.

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