This research project aims to define and explain success from a Te Arawa worldview, referencing the ancestor Ihenga as a model. Whilst various Ministry of Education policies, including Ka Hikitia, have stipulated that Māori students should experience success 'as Māori', none have explained what 'success' might look like for Māori students, whānau and communities. This project aims to define and test a model of success that puts Te Arawatanga - by way of the qualities of Ihenga - at the centre of the conceptualisations. The project will address the need for a measure, model and definition of student ‘success’ that is iwi specific. It aims to uncover the individual, family, school and community conditions that enable Te Arawa students and students being educated in Te Arawa schools, to thrive at school and unleash their potential like the ancestor Ihenga did.