About Us

The Starpath Project for Tertiary Participation and Success was established in 2005 as a Partnership for Excellence between the University of Auckland and the New Zealand Government, administered through the Tertiary Education Commission.


As a research and development project, Starpath was designed to identify and reduce barriers that contribute to lower rates of participation and success in degree-level education by Māori, Pasifika, and other students from low-mid decile schools. Since we could not change students’ socioeconomic background or home situation, our focus has been on changing school-based practices and processes that are most likely to affect students’ aspirations, learning and achievement.

Funding for the project was provided by the Tertiary Education Commission on the basis that The University of Auckland raised matching funding from the private sector. The ASB Community Trust provided substantial funding through its Māori and Pacific Education Initiative to support Starpath's ongoing research and development.

Over the past 11 years we have worked with a total of 39 secondary and area schools in Auckland and Northland. This toolkit has been prepared as a resource for Starpath partner schools, as well as for other schools which may be thinking of implementing Starpath-developed practices.

The following is an explanation of the Starpath name:

As the first navigators crossed the Pacific they followed the stars from island to island. At the beginning of their journey, they found the star which marked their direction, and followed it until it sank towards the horizon. Then they located the next star on the star path, and the next, and the next, until they reached their destination.

Introduction to the Starpath Project

A background to the Starpath Project



Our partner schools and funders