The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (TMoA) set the direction for student learning and provide guidance for all state and integrated New Zealand schools as they design and review their curriculum. Neither official curriculum document explicitly addresses the issue of violence against women. However, the NZC does set out values that students are encouraged to express. These include: diversity, equity, integrity and to respect themselves, others, and human rights. The Values and Attitudes provides confidence through integrity, generosity of spirit and peacefulness, and that gives a clear sense of personal identity, a high level of personal awareness and self-worth; and empathy and regard.
The NZC also identifies key competencies for living and lifelong learning. Relevant competencies in this context are managing self and relating to others. The learning areas of health and physical education and social sciences also specifically address students contributing to their communities and to the well-being of those around them as well as developing understandings, skills and attitudes that enhance their interactions and relationships with others.
The learning area of Hauora in TMoA, has as one of its four strands, People and Relationships. The two themes in the strands, are about personal relationships, and relationships with whānau, hapū, iwi and the wider world.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of New Zealand to the questionnaire on violence against women, 2009