Rāhina, te 18 o Pipiri

NZEI survey finds a third of Māori and Pasifika school leaders experienced racial discrimination

Almost a third of Māori and Pasifika primary school leaders have experienced racial discrimination at work, a survey has found.

We are barely functioning, literally

Secondary school students with NCEA Level 2, even those with a few Level 3 credits, are among the large number of people struggling with functional literacy.

Principals and teachers head to ballot box over ministry pay offer

Manawatū Principals’ Association president Wayne Jenkins doesn’t think the Ministry of Education’s pay offer is enough.

Late-night gaming affecting students’ schooling: Principal

A Southland principal says the late-night internet gaming habits of students is affecting their schooling.

Hastings’ St John’s College students doing ‘What Ever It Takes’ to tackle tough issue, including hosting Government’s Inquiry into Mental Health and Addictions

Over the past several months, nine students have spent time at What Ever It Takes (WIT) – the region’s largest peer provider of community based mental health and addiction service. See also: Teenager told school counsellor she was suicidal before attempt, mother says

Splinters of discontent mar high-end schooling

All is not well in the classrooms of New Zealand’s largest private education provider.

The working life of those living with ‘invisible’ disabilities

Workbridge new business specialist Nick Ruane says employees and recruiters should have open discussions about how the organisation can make the most of an individual’s potential.

Teen wins top speech contest at first attempt

A Mid North teenager has won the senior Māori section of Northland’s top te reo speech contest despite being a first-time entrant who says public speaking isn’t her cup of tea.

Graduating with flying colours: NZ Fashion Tech students bring paint colours to Fashion Week

NZ Fashion Tech students were given a fashion paint colour from Resene, and within four weeks 35 intricately detailed looks were woven, smocked, crushed, quilted, embroidered, draped, pleated and bunched into works of silk.

Kindergarten teachers all abuzz from time in Tonga

Teachers from an Oamaru kindergarten have returned home after an educational trip to Tonga.

Media releases

Action needed over discrimination

A survey of primary school leaders has found that a significant sample of Māori and Pasifika participants have experienced discrimination at work on the basis of their ethnicity. See also: Ending racism within a generation

Support Te Kupenga 2018 for our people

Beehive: Te Kupenga 2018 is an absolute  priority for our people so that our Coalition Government can be informed of what is happening in the Māori world, says the Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta.

NZ Sign Language Teachers Association welcome assistance

The New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association (NZSLTA) welcomes funding from the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Board to enable it to become a stronger organisation for NZSL tutors throughout New Zealand.


Why must schools be immune to innovation?

Marama Stewart, Principal Waiouru School: Former Auckland Grammar headmaster John Morris recently warned that ‘genuine education’ is in danger of being replaced by reforms amounting to ‘social engineering’.




Rāmere, te 15 o Pipiri

Growing need for mental health services at university putting students at risk

Universities say they are facing a “here-and-now tsunami of need that is not being met” by community and district health board services.

Low decile students aiming high

A cluster of low decile Northland schools is on track to outperform many higher decile schools around New Zealand through digital learning.

Human rights complaint laid after teacher sacked following HIV disclosure

A West Coast teacher fired four weeks after revealing her HIV positive status had laid a complaint with the Human Rights Commission.

Insulation jobs help refugees brush up their English

Former Myanmar refugees are learning new skills and English on the job with a Nelson insulation company.

Backlash, debate over North Shore schools’ rugby haka showdown

Two North Shore High School 1st XV rugby teams have divided sports fans after a video of their haka challenges went viral on Facebook.

Matamata College praised for ‘thought-provoking’ Shakespeare piece

A strong portrayal of a character commonly thought of as being weak has been applauded at a national competition.

Media releases

Future direction of early learning

MoE: A new survey launched today will contribute to developing the government’s 10-year Strategic Plan for Early Learning, says Nancy Bell, Director of Early Learning at the Ministry of Education. See also: Ministry requests input in future direction of early learning

Davis’ school conflicts raise serious questions

NZ National Party: National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says the extraordinary admission by Kelvin Davis that he will not answer questions regarding the impact of his Government’s policies on young Māori raises more serious questions about the Government’s handling of partnership schools.

New roof for Tairawhiti Museum (refers to LEOTC)

Gisborne District Council: Learning Outside of The Classroom museum education programmes will continue to be delivered to meet the targets set by Ministry of Education. This service is offered to all of the 65 schools in the region, with around 8600 participating students.

St Johns Hill School retains top Enviroschools status

Horizons Regional Council: HRC will be helping St Johns Hill School to celebrate retaining their Green Gold status for the Enviroschools programme, which is the highest achievable status, on Friday 15 June.


Put the humanity back into our education system

Lynne Bowyer and Deborah Stevens: The current dehumanising system locates “deficiencies” and “failure” in the young person, rather than in the systems that are imposed on the young person.

I’m a teacher who works in a hardware store

I completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education in the UK back in 2006 and I have had my qualifications assessed and recognised by the NZQA, allowing me to continue a teaching career in New Zealand.

Rāapa, te 13 o Pipiri

University of Canterbury appoints Cheryl de la Rey as Vice-Chancellor

The head of South Africa’s largest university will take up the reins at the University of Canterbury next year, replacing Dr Rod Carr as vice-chancellor.

Gathering of Catholic Schools from throughout the country

Eight hundred Catholic educators are gathering in Wellington this week at the TSB Arena to celebrate Catholic education in New Zealand. For more on Catholic education, see: ‘They couldn’t believe our teachers had laptops and school apps’

Wellington schools below average when it comes to environment-friendly teaching

Waverley Kindergarten was recently named the first Southland kindergarten to reach Enviroschools’ Gold Achievement. Wellington city is a little behind, sitting below the national average of schools involved in the programmes.

Auckland school changes zone to cut out students moving in to planned housing development

Mount Albert Grammar School has had a zone change to cut out Unitec land which will be used for a future housing development.

Annie Crummer: ‘I can’t read or write but I have magic’

The singer, known for her hits Language and See What Love Can Do, wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia until well into adulthood. See also Dyslexia: It’s heartbreaking to hear your child say they’re stupid


PM Jacinda Ardern announces new science advisor

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed an Auckland biochemist expert as her new Chief Science Advisor. See also: Office of PM’s Chief Science Advisor argues for developmental crime prevention model for young offenders

Media releases

Feedback sought for Tomorrow’s Schools Review

MoE: The Independent Taskforce charged with reviewing the way our schools are governed, managed and administered wants to hear New Zealanders’ views and experiences of the schooling system.

Te Kura’s Big Picture Learning Pilot finalist for PM’s Award

Te Kura: A programme with the motto ‘one student at a time in a community of learners’ is a finalist in the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards for the Education Focus Prize – Takatū.

Let’s treasure our tamariki and kaiako in early education

Lynley Tulloch: Let’s treasure our tamariki and kaiako in early childhood education.

Low decile students outperforming higher decile schools

Make Lemonade: A cluster of low decile Northland schools is on track to outperform many higher decile schools around New Zealand through digital learning.

Gifted Awareness Week

NZ Association for Gifted Children: Children today are growing up in a world rich with possibility. They all have the potential to be a force for progress and positive social change in their families, communities, and in the world.

University of Auckland staff take home architecture awards

University of Auckland: An inner city Christchurch school, designed by Andrew Barrie Lab and Tezuka Architects has won three awards at the 2018 Canterbury Architecture Awards.

$30000 award to support an innovative learning resource

NZCER: People with a great idea for turning high-quality research into an innovative learning resource are invited to apply for the Beeby Award 2018.


Rankings are what makes the academic world go around

Case Carter: Our universities are falling behind in the ruthless race to the top, but they’re actually doing well.

Six expensive things that are totally worth the money

Audrey Noble: Education is a worthwhile investment.

Rāhina 11 Pūanga

Review group quietly appointed on replacing National Standards

The Government has set up an advisory group to replace national standards in schools – but has kept it quiet, apparently because of public criticism of the proliferation of policy review groups.

ECE centres too crowded, noisy and cold, researchers warn

The Education Ministry needs to raise minimum standards and protect under-five year olds from cold, crowded and noisy early childhood centres, a group of researchers says.

Sacked: Daycare teacher told bosses she had HIV – and they sent her colleagues to door knock and tell the community

The daycare teacher dismissed after telling her boss she had HIV has spoken of her anguish over losing a job she loved and being made to feel like “a modern-day leper”.

Student that shared social media images of peer with Down syndrome punished

More than 20 pupils were spoken to in an intensive investigation into the saga where images were shared of a Down syndrome pupil at Wellington East Girls’ College.

Conference shines spotlight on outcomes for Pasifika students

NZEI Te Riu Roa’s biannual Pasifika Fono took place in late April and offered educators the opportunity to hear about Pasifika achievements and innovation.

The number of Maori and Pacific students training to be doctors and dentists has skyrocketed

The University of Otago say there’s been an increase in the diversity of students entering health professional programmes in recent years, especially Maori, Pacific and rural students.

Mahurangi College allows BYO device – but no smart phones

Tablets and laptops are still allowed, but smartphones no longer have a place in the classroom at Mahurangi College.

Media releases

Progress and achievement now part of Education Conversation

MoE: Parents, whānau, students, iwi and educators – and anyone with an interest in learning – are being encouraged to share their views through an online survey that went live on 1 June.

Exploring what it is to be a global citizen

Adult and COmmunity Education: Professor James Liu from Massey University will share his knowledge of history and identity, and discuss the impact of technology on human consciousness, while human rights advocate and citizenship educator, Nelida Cespedes Rossel from Peru will share insights from Latin America. Veronica Tawhai, recent recipient of the Fullbright – Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga Scholar Award will talk about the role of citizenship education in transforming indigenous-coloniser relations.

Historic Māori magazines get new lease of life online

NZ Govt: The Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta says New Zealanders will soon have more access to historic Māori magazines under a new agreement.


A life story: John Cornelius Moorfield

John Cornelius Moorefield: One of this country’s leading contributors to the teaching of te reo Māori, his was a race of sorts – to finish the 3000-odd pages of manuscript of Te Iho, a dictionary complete with multiple examples of word usage.

Former Massey University Vice Chancellor Neil Waters dies

The second person to lead Massey University has died. Professor Emeritus Sir Neil Waters was vice-chancellor of the university from 1983 to 1995.

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Teachers unhappy with pay offer could go on strike

Industrial action looms as an option for primary school teachers unimpressed with the Ministry of Education’s offer of a pay increase on their final day of negotiating.

The ‘corporal punishment’ schools: Break down the walls, break down the ‘outdated’ system

Youth councillors Sam Smith and Shannon McLean say the idea of boys doing metal work and girls doing sewing is outdated.

Graduates with learning issues get better shot at a job

School leavers with learning difficulties now have a better chance at employment in the trades sector thanks to a South Auckland initiative. The Aspire2Trades campus in Manukau opened its doors last year, with courses in painting and decorating, welding, and forklift training.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins visits Hawke’s Bay in light of changing environment

Education providers and students had a chance to have their say on the rapidly changing shape of their industry yesterday with Minister Chris Hipkins.

‘My son doesn’t feel safe there’

Last week a 16-year old boy was badly bullied at a South Auckland high school. He was was rushed to Middlemore Hospital after he was tripped and punched during interval.

The school zone factor

A Neighbourly poll shows almost half of parents would leave their home for the ‘right’ school zone.

France plans to ban mobile phones at school

The new French law would ban phone use by pupils in school playgrounds, at break times and anywhere on school premises.

Tairāwhiti, Kahungunu nominees shine for 2018 Matariki Awards

Seven nominations from Te Tairāwhiti and Ngāti Kahungunu are in this year’s Māori Television Matariki Awards, awards that are designed to recognise and celebrate Māori achievement. See also: Committed to children’s education, community

Getting Bay kids earthquake & tsunami-savvy

All Hawke’s Bay children will be given a free copy of the award winning bi-lingual children’s book, Rūaumoko’s Walk/Te Hikoi a Rūaumoko based on Kahungunu legends and dialect telling the story of what to do in an earthquake with a subsequent tsunami threat.

Media releases

Teachers Need to Be Better Paid for the Tech Revolution

Make Lemonade: Teachers need to be better paid as they adjust to educating kids in the fastest growing sector in New Zealand, – technology, an award-winning Maori chief executive of a fast growing ed-tech company says.


Government is putting our universities at risk

NZ National Party: New Zealand’s universities risk slipping further down the international rankings if the Government doesn’t urgently address its misplaced spending priorities, National’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paula Bennett says.

Preschoolers (tamaiti) to induct Minister into digital world

Beehive: Pacific Peoples Minister, Aupito William Sio will be visiting Tino e Tasi Preschool in Dunedin today to try out the new Samoan language app that Tino e Tasi has produced in-house and with the direct participation of its own preschoolers.

Riverview School ‘Goes for Green-Gold’ with Powergenius

Power Genius: Kerikeri’s Riverview School has become the first school in New Zealand to utilise the PowerGenius energy management system, after installing a solar system earlier this year to help save money on its power and to educate children about power conservation.


Four hours a day in class

Finnish children start school when they are seven, only spend four hours a day in class and don’t get homework until they are teenagers, yet outstrip New Zealand in international test results.


Dazzled by Tech: Universities, Googlification and Microsoft

Dr. Binoy Kampmark: The shift to Google by universities as a storage and communication mechanism was something taken with a breezy obliviousness to its implications. For Google, it was a magical boon: mass concentration of staff and student data, cloud facilities, the magic of information.

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Principals: ‘Quantity and quality of employable teachers a grave concern to all’

The critical shortages of teachers is hitting east Auckland schools hard, with a dozen worried principals voicing their concerns with their parliamentary representative.

Solidarity called for in teacher pay talks

Teachers everywhere need to have the same mindset if the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association is to achieve its goal of increased pay and reduced workloads, North Otago secondary school staff heard yesterday.

Staff told to take English tests for overseas students

An immigration lawyer has likened some of the commission-based practices in the international student sector to a Pyramid scheme.

Kura kaupapa leaders to complain to UN over lack of funding

They are at breaking point after what they say has been years of inaction from the government on more than a dozen concerns for kura kaupapa, such as a lack of resourcing and acknowledgement.

Children’s Commissioner calls for recording of bullying stats

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the government to enforce annual reporting by schools on their bullying rates and their prevention guidelines.

Calls for MoE to crack down on significant bullying in early childhood education sector

Bullying in the early childhood education sector is pushing good teachers out and the Government is being urged to act urgently.

A leading Samoan educator – and the first Pacific woman MP

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban becomes a Dame Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to education and the Pacific community.

Community’s fight to save Auckland’s Hato Petera College gathers pace

A community’s fight to keep an Auckland school’s doors open has been bolstered by the enrolment of new students.

Whangarei’s archaeological gem captures imagination of students

A heritage site dating back hundreds of years has captured the imagination of studentsfrom Whangarei Boys High School.

Palmerston North brothers show out-of-this-world potential in tech sector

Two Palmerston North brothers are looking to prove not even the sky is the limit for Māori in the tech industry.


School backs use of meth information booklet in classroom

Morgan Julian said her daughter was given a drugfree.org booklet during a Massey High School year 13 health class on May 1, outlining the best use of methamphetamine.

Media releases

2018 Teaching Medal goes to scientist Professor Jon Harding

University of Canterbury: Professor Jon Harding has won the prestigious University of Canterbury Teaching Medal for 2018.

Bagrie’s Appointment to Life Education Board

Life Education Board: Cameron Bagrie, best known for his role as ANZ Chief Economist for the last 11 years, was appointed to the Board of Life Education Trust last week.

New WHO physical activity plan to help people

NZ Govt: Health Minister Dr David Clark and Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson welcome the World Health Organization’s new Global Action Plan on Physical Activity, announced in Geneva on Monday.

NZ’s best young readers compete in the ‘sport of reading’

Kids” Lit Quiz The Kids’ Lit Quiz continues to prove a good book is just as strong as the pull of social media, with New Zealand’s best young readers facing off in the riveting and tension-filled national final on Sunday.

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Ministry urges ‘bold step’ for Māori education

The Education Ministry has told the government it could achieve a “step change” in Māori children‘s achievement by tackling their teacher‘s unconscious bias against Māori children.

Taskmaster: Inspired Upper Hutt teacher tries a different approach to maths problems

Upper Hutt College teacher Fiona Hall is pioneering more exciting and challenging ways to teach maths in her classroom by using techniques from the Taskmaster television show.

Fostering a greater reading culture in Brunei

(From ‘The Borneo Bulletin’) TURNING Brunei Darussalam into a reading nation should be part of our national agenda if we are going to realise Vision 2035. […]

The longitudinal study Competent children, competent learners by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) noted that young people’s reading for pleasure in their own time and at school was one of the critical factors for a successful pathway into adulthood.

Western Springs College becomes first NZ high school to adopt living wage

The liberal inner-city school will pay the living wage of $20.55 an hour from next January to 19 teacher aides, cleaners and other staff who now earn less than that, costing the school an extra $50,000 a year.

Beanies banned at school, even on frosty mornings

A Southland father is upset his daughter is not allowed to wear a beanie to school on cold winter mornings to keep her head warm, but the principal says the school is enforcing its uniform policy.

Media releases

Lincoln tackles land-use issues with new initiative

Lincoln: A new Lincoln University initiative is responding to the need for new ways of using our land more productively while ensuring New Zealand’s future prosperity and enhancing lives.

Staff cuts for teacher training indicate growing crisis

NZEI: Staff cuts at Auckland University because of dropping enrolments for initial teacher education (ITE) are another sign that bold measures are needed to turn around New Zealand’s growing teacher shortage.

PhD on dressmaking unpicks hidden cultural threads

Massey: Dr Vincent, who is the communications manager at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research and who conducted her project over six years of part-time study, says the topic emerged “from the realisation that both my grandmothers, my mother and my aunts were all dressmakers, while in my generation I am the only one – neither my sisters nor my cousins make clothes.

Opinion / insight

Tips for teens: how to thrive in the college years

Term two is a busy time especially for NCEA students – with internal assessments coming thick and fast. Add to that sports commitments, maybe a part time job, social activity and it’s easy to see how some teens might be struggling to keep it all together. Teacher, author, public speaker and CEO of Spectrum Education Karen Boyes has tips for teens feeling the pressure.

Alwyn Poole: What we refer to as genius actually is all about hard work

The word genius and, for that matter, those of talent and giftedness, needs to be redefined for the good of every child and every field of human endeavour. Getting this right also has the potential to benefit a great many adults.

Mum’s heartfelt plea for inclusive education

A Tauranga mum’s heartfelt plea to mum-to-be Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to fix the “broken” funding model for special needs students has struck a chord with parents throughout New Zealand.