Whakataukī: Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou
ka ora ai te iwi

Literal: With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive

Metaphorical: This whakataukī encapsulates the notion that while working in isolation might result in survival, working together can take people beyond survival and onto prosperity.

Similarly, when schools and their Māori communities (whānau, hapū, iwi) combine the skills and knowledge that are located within in both settings, there is greater potential to accelerate the learning of Māori students so that they can enjoy and achieve education success ‘as Māori’.

In November 2013, Te Kotahitanga was recognised internationally with the conferring of an award from the World Innovation Summit for Education.