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Kia Ōrite toolkit

The Kia Ōrite Toolkit provides current, New Zealand-specific guidance to help tertiary education organisations better support disabled learners.


The Kia Ōrite Toolkit is a New Zealand code of practice, designed to achieve an inclusive and equitable tertiary learning environment for disabled learners to succeed.
A group of experts from across the tertiary education sector, coordinated by the University of Otago, developed the toolkit. It is a re-development and expansion of the ‘Kia Ōrite Code of Practice’ policy document which gave advice to the sector for over 15 years.


The toolkit intends to help all tertiary education organisations’ (TEOs) staff to become more confident about disability, and for managers and the wider organisation to take responsibility for implementing the toolkit’s best practices.


To help TEOs apply good practices throughout a learner’s journey, the toolkit consists of five sections, including both management and learning support implementation toolkits.

A New Zealand code of practice to achieve an inclusive and equitable tertiary education environment for disabled learners. (.pdf, 462kb)
A New Zealand code of practice to achieve an inclusive and equitable tertiary education environment for disabled learners. (.doc, 106kb)

Preparing to implement the management responsibilities toolkit. (.pdf, 522kb)
Preparing to implement the management responsibilities toolkit. (.doc, 116kb)

Management responsibilities implementation toolkit. (.pdf, 340kb)
Management responsibilities implementation toolkit. (.doc, 96kb)

Preparing to implement the Learning support responsibilities toolkit. (.pdf, 636kb)
Preparing to implement the Learning support responsibilities toolkit. (.doc, 118kb)

Learning support responsibilities implementation toolkit. (.pdf, 345kb)
Learning support responsibilities implementation toolkit. (.doc, 96kb)

For TEOs developing Disability Action Plans

It is important that TEOs practices avoid discrimination against disabled people, and disabled learners experience better outcomes across their education journey. A DAP helps TEOs to identify good practices and offers a blueprint for change.

To help TEO’s develop a DAP, the Tertiary Education Commission has issued DAP Guidance. The Guidance outlines what is expected from TEO’s regarding their DAP development and implementation.

Next stage for the Kia Ōrite Toolkit

The Kia Ōrite toolkit is a living and evolving document.

The development team welcomes your feedback, ideas and any resources you have for inclusion, so the toolkit can continue to evolve.

Please email your feedback, ideas and resources to: the Tertiary Education Commissions Customer Contact Group at customerservice@tec.govt.nz, with ‘Kia Orite Toolkit’ in your subject line or call 0800 601 301 if you would like to chat.