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How it works



What is it?

Kōtuitui is an integrated unit of work that supports ākonga to feel connected to others in our bicultural and multicultural society. Kōtuitui learning experiences are designed for ākonga in years 4 through to 8 and are intended to provide ākonga with the skills and knowledge to connect to cultures other than their own, both in Aotearoa New Zealand and across the globe. Kōtuitui is coordinated by New Zealand Football and is available to schools and kura throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.


What is included?

Kōtuitui includes classroom learning experiences and football learning experiences. Classroom experiences help ākonga learn about culture and collective identity. Football experiences provide you with support to use the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023TM as a context for ākonga to learn about culture and collective identity.


How to get involved?

Use the register section to let us know that your school or kura wants to get involved. We will then put you in contact with NZ Football so they can connect you to your Regional Football Federation or a football club to support the provision of the football experiences component of Kōtuitui. And then at the end of term one, as we move closer to the cup itself, we will provide you with a copy of the Kōtuitui teacher guide, and support to implement Kōtuitui in your school or kura. 

School experiences


Kōtuitui includes three sets of learning experiences. Each set has four learning experiences designed to help ākonga develop the knowledge and skills to connect to cultures other than their own, both in Aotearoa New Zealand and across the globe. NZ Football, Māori Football Aotearoa and Sport NZ are working with CORE Education to develop and test the learning experiences so that they are ready for you to use in either term 2 or term 3 this year, as the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023TM comes to Aotearoa New Zealand. In the meantime, register today and we will start setting you up to work on Kōtuitui with your ākonga.







Club experiences


Kōtuitui provides the opportunity for teachers and ākonga to engage with the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023TM by participating in two football experiences.  

The first involves learning from coaches and players about football. Teachers and kaiako can join a professional learning development session at a football club to learn about football games. In addition 100 schools and kura will be able to receive and in-school delivery programme facilitated by their local football club or regional football federation.   


The second is a Kōtuitui festival. Each festival engages whānau in the research and activities that ākonga have undertaken and provides opportunities for ākonga to participate in a range of fun football focused activities.   

Register today and we will get you set up to start working on Kōtuitui with your ākonga.



What year/level are the classes (You can choose multiple)
In which term would you like to be involved?


Kōtuitui will be available to schools and kura across Aotearoa New Zealand to deliver during either term 2 or term 3 next year as the country hosts the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023TM. NZ Football, Māori Football Aotearoa, Sport NZ and CORE Education are finalising the learning experiences and these will be available from the end of term 1 2023. 


Meanwhile, we need your school or kura to register so that we can get you set you up for next year.  We need just one person to register for each school or kura. Simply fill out the form below and we will set the wheels in motion. We look forward to working with you. 

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