Special Interest Groups

Five SIG projects are currently in progress to enhance our work and the student experience of Foundation Learning. To join a special interest group, please email the contacts provided below and register your interest.

Māori Learners

Coordinated by Te Awatea Ward

The Māori focus special interest group will be looking to encourage best practice under Te Tiriti ō Waitangi for our Māori tauira and all staff within our sector. We aim to also collate a repository of research, resources and narratives that will support this practice which can be accessed through the FABENZ website.

Pasifika Learners

Coordinated by Aiono Manu Fa’aea

Engagement and achivement strategies that focus on pedagogical and andragogical approaches that work for Pasifika learners.

Programme development for the revised Levels 1-4 NZ Certificates in Foundation & Bridging Education

Coordinated by Rae Trewartha

Working on collaboration around the development of the revised Level 1-4 NZ Certificates in Foundation and Bridging Education programmes.

It appears that Te Pukenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology) is expecting the content for the new programmes to be 80% mandated and 20% the responsibility of the delivery sites.

Our collaborative voices thus need to be an integral component of this programme development.

*To be initiated once the revised programmes are approved by NZQA.

Online Learning

Coordinated by Josh Lee

The Online Learning SIG is dedicated to supporting collaboration and communication among online educators.

It is to encourage an active interest in online in bridging education, and aims to engage in meaningful discussions around areas including (but not limited to):

  • online enabling pedagogy
  • educational resources available for online learning
  • the limitations and possibilities of educational technologies
  • supporting online learning for bridging education learners.


Coordinated by Helen Anderson

I am working on a proposal to go to FABENZ to run a project that will scope current Foundation and Bridging Education, its role and impact, using the 2001 Benseman and Russ survey as a starting point.

I believe we need to be evidencing the ongoing importance of Foundation and Bridging to the life chances of people not otherwise served by the education system.