Rāhina 20 o Here turi kōkā

Education Ministry special needs staff to strike

Ministry of Education staff including psychologists, speech language therapists and occupational therapists have voted to strike on Tuesday, the NZEI union said.

Trade training groups vie with universities for school-leavers

The Industry Training Federation said only 4 percent of young people went from school to trade training, and it hoped to raise that figure with a new “Got a Trade? Got it made” campaign launched today.

Media Releases


Restoring teachers to their own council moves one step closer

NZGovt:  “The Bill gives the teaching profession the right to directly elect seven of their own to their professional and regulatory body.

Tertiary education Annual Maximum Fee Movement for 2019 set

NZGovt: The Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) for tertiary education organisations in 2019 has been set to 2%, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.



Teachers hide behind ‘public smiles and private agony’

Has the balance of power between teacher and student shifted too far in favour of the latter?

John Roughan: Teachers’ pay reflects the way they bargain

How do you reinforce their respect for teachers who want more pay and have refused to work that day to show how angry they are? Children understand that is what a child would do but not adults in their experience.



Rāmere 17 o Here turi kōkā

What lessons do we take from the teachers’ strike

Now the strike is over, the question teachers will have to ask is whether or not it’s had the impact they’d hoped for.

Teachers’ strike: How does a state teacher’s lot compare with private sector and educators around the world?

New Zealand is in the bottom 13 when comparing teachers paid at the top of the scale, according to OECD figures from 2015.

Primary school teachers, principal warn more strike action on the cards

Waikato NZEI teacher representative Michelle Ryan will be involved in pay negotiations in Wellington next week and couldn’t rule out further strike action.

Education, technology and digital divides

There’s a strong case for giving digital technology a greater share of the curriculum.

Rare truancy prosecution a case of ‘last resort’

More than 280,000 New Zealand students were regularly absent from school last year. This year, just one parent has been prosecuted for it.



Kate Hawkesby: Not all teachers are created equal

It’s business as usual again today for schools across the country – kids back into uniforms this morning and back into classrooms.

But how long before the next strike?

Merepeka Raukawa-Tait: Targeting Māori youth not discriminatory

When each programme was advertised we would get calls complaining “Why are ‘you people’ advertising a course for Māori women only? That’s discriminatory. Why isn’t it open for all women to come along?”

These calls were usually handled by Dame June. “Oh please,” she would say. “Since when have they been interested in empowering Māori women? They’re not. They’re just upset the course is specifically targeting Māori women, catering to their needs.”

Te reo naysayers: build a bridge, and don’t be the troll under it

Setting out on my te reo Māori pathway, I naively imagined a positive response to a series of articles on learning a new language. I expected a few ‘why bother?’s, but hoped for mostly messages of support and encouragement. But my second column established the opposite. It was live for less than 12 hours before Stuff disabled comments.



Rāapa 15 o Here turi kōkā

‘We want to fix this’

The head of primary school teacher union NZEI TE Riu Roa says today’s strike action across the country is a symptom of underfunding in the sector.

Teachers march today to overcome record teacher shortage

Teachers will jam New Zealand’s city centres at lunchtime today to stake their claims for better pay and conditions to overcome the worst teacher shortage in recent memory.

Primary teachers prepare for first strike in decades

At least 28,000 teachers and principals are going on strike on Wednesday, forcing the closure of most of the country’s primary and intermediate schools.

Teachers set to strike, first time in 24 years

29,000 primary teachers and principals around the country are set to strike today to send a message to the Government that the current offer from the Ministry of Education will not fix the teaching crisis.

Teachers’ strike: Hundreds of millions of dollars at stake

Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake in the claims by the primary teachers’ union, the NZ Educational Institute, which is going on strike for only the fourth time in 135 years.

Media Release


Pay equity settlement for support workers within reach

Ministry of Education: The Ministry of Education has signed a Terms of Settlement with NZEI Te Riu Roa to address a pay equity claim for 329 staff providing support to young children with additional learning needs.

Minister’s hands-off approach to strike reckless

National: The Minister has taken a hands-off approach regarding tomorrow’s strikes. Despite having more than one month’s notice it is clear that neither the Ministry nor the Minister have got the full picture, on the eve of the strike, of exactly how many of the 1945 primary schools will be open or closed, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says.

Slash education bureaucracy, pay teachers more

ACT New Zealand: “The Government could provide a decent pay rise for striking teachers by cutting the fat from our education bureaucracy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Rāhina 13 o Here turi kōkā

Why New Zealand primary school teachers are striking for a day

Primary teachers and principals plan to walk off the job on Wednesday for the first time since 1994 – but why? The people who teach this country’s primary school-aged children are unhappy about working conditions and have told the Government it is time for something to change. But it’s not just about the pay. It’s also about the students.

Māori for all: He waka eke noa

Recent stories from the parents of Māori tamariki and others who want to continue learning Māori as a medium of instruction, have provided insights into the growing but un-met demand for te reo from Māori, Pākehā, and Tauiwi (non-Māori).



Closing NZ’s knowledge gap

What is behind the schism in our education system? The Coalition of Principals’ response to the Government’s NCEA Review has brought to the surface the long-simmering conflict between two opposing camps. It’s one presented in the media as ‘traditional education’ versus ‘progressive education’. That’s not the case.

James Morris: Finest teachers needed to ensure students succeed

If there is one thing that principals know, and parents know, and students, and researchers and even Treasury knows – the most important thing a school can do to ensure this student success is to have the best teachers.

Jane Bowron: Apprenticeships will mentor our young, instead of munting them

Instead of consigning young Kiwis to the scrapheap, the Government wants them mentored rather than munted.

Rāmere 10 o Here turi kōkā

Strike action not ruled out as secondary teachers’ union start talks with Government

Post Primary Teachers’ Association president Jack Boyle said the secondary school sector had suffered from a decade of underfunding.

Teachers’ strike means bring-your-child-to-work day for many

August 15 could be the unofficial ‘bring your kid to work day’ when teachers go on strike next Wednesday.

Education sector welcomes visa restriction changes

The education sector is claiming a victory after the Government relaxed its plans to tighten work visa access for international students in New Zealand.

International students ‘ready to fight until I die’ to get exam results held by NZQA

Students at Tasman International Academies were told their results would not be released as the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) had concerns about its assessment practices.

Who’s taking part in NZ’s community and adult education?

White men make up the largest demographic of domestic adult learners. White males are by far the largest contingent of domestic students in adult and community education.

Media Releases


Post-study work rights emphasise skills NZ needs

NZGovt: Changes to post-study work rights will help ensure international students coming to New Zealand gain in-demand skills for our economic growth, incentivise study in the regions and help reduce the risk of student exploitation, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said.

New micro-credentials system a first for NZ

NZGovt: A micro-credentials system to be rolled out from the end of August 2018 will give both employers and people who want to keep learning more opportunities to access new skills quickly, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced.

Rāapa 8 o Here turi kōkā

Secondary teachers’ union and Ministry of Education begin negotiating over pay

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says teachers are seeking “unreasonable total costs” in collective contract negotiations.

Secondary teachers’ union not ruling out strike action

The Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) is not ruling out joining the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) in taking strike action.

Preschool teachers seeking public support for pay pledge

Early childhood teachers and teaching support staff in Marlborough have called for an end to a six year pay freeze.

The case for an overhaul of the learning support system

ORS funding allows the ministry to provide specialists, additional teachers, aides and support items to students, to help their needs. About 1 per cent of students receive ORS funding.

Media Releases


More education professionals to vote on striking

NZEI: Learning Support specialists employed directly by the Ministry of Education have begun a secret online vote over whether to strike for a day on Tuesday 21 August.




Rāhina 6 o Here turi kōkā

The Nation: Education Minister Chris Hipkins

On Newshub Nation: Simon Shepherd interviews Education Minister Chris Hipkins.

Teacher strike ‘about the kids’ as parents lobbied at school gates

Teachers have greeted families at the school gates of primary schools across Marlborough to garner support ahead of their first strike in 24 years.

Traditional education system has ‘failed’ Māori youth

The government’s move to close down private charter schools will force Māori youth back into a state system that has “already failed them”, says high-profile Māori leader Lance O’Sullivan.

English as a second language university classes nowhere near 2008 attendance levels

The number of students learning English as a second language at University has declined by 2000 students over the years, but it’s on the rise again.

Media Releases


Māori Language Strategy – Maihi Karauna released

NZGovt: Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta is calling for New Zealanders’ views on the Maihi Karauna – the Crown’s draft Māori language strategy.

“We’ll miss our teachers,” say parents and children

NZEI: A new advertising campaign that highlights the mounting staffing crisis in schools.



Deborah Hill Cone: Stop dumping kids in ‘factory farms’

Little children, babies even, are farmed out to for-profit childcare centres, sometimes for 10 hours a day, because their parents have to go back to work, to become productive economic units. Is this process “good enough”? I don’t think so.

Mike Hosking: With all the demand, how are our polytechs failing?

I knew Unitech was in trouble and needed cash, but Chris Hipkins, our esteemed Education Minister, tells us at the weekend that polytechs are in trouble. They’re reviewing the sector and by the end of that review the number of techs in business will be cut.