Rāmere 22 o Poutū-te-rangi

Primary teachers to vote on Ministry of Education’s offers in electronic ballot

Members of the primary teachers’ and principals’ union will vote on the Ministry of Education’s latest offers in an electronic ballot, New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa announced. NZEI’s national executive decided to move to an electronic ballot following a teleconference held on Wednesday night.

Industry training bodies threaten High Court and Waitangi Tribunal challenges to shakeup

Skills Active, which runs training for recreation and performing arts, has told Education Minister Chris Hipkins it will seek a judicial review of his actions in the High Court unless he extends the consultation deadline for the shakeup until June 30.

Councillors fear for the future of NMIT under Government overhaul

Concerns that the region’s biggest tertiary institute could lose courses, staff and money have prompted a call for the Nelson City Council to take action.

School lockdown review after Christchurch mosque horror

School lockdown procedures will be reviewed urgently after desperate parents were unable to reach their children following the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Christchurch schools seek support in aftermath of mosque shooting

Christchurch schools have reached out for support as they come to terms with the hours-long lockdown during the city’s attacks.

Linwood Ave primary school principal says all his students are back to school a week on from the shootings

Blair Dravitski told Breakfast even though they’re in school, they’re coping in different ways.

Preschoolers making sense of Christchurch terror attacks through play

In the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks, young children are trying to make sense of things they don’t understand through play, preschool teachers say.

Jobs cut, new roles created at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

A restructure of the wānanga was announced in October following a disappointing review by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and a forecasted deficit. Chief executive Te Ururoa Flavell said the restructure had been largely completed, with 133 roles disestablished and 98 new roles created.

New Zealand: Diocesan School for Girls slammed over hijab ban

One of Auckland’s most exclusive private schools is copping criticism for a ban on the hijab, which it says violates the school dress code.



Brian Fallow: On climate change, the kids are all right

Before it became a day of horror and heartbreak, last Friday was for a few hours a day of hope.



Rāapa 20 o Poutū-te-rangi

Nation-wide teachers’ union meeting called off out of respect for Christchurch victims

The paid teachers’ union meeting on Tuesday has been postponed in respect for all Christchurch victims and their families.

Dunedin pupils fearful about going to school

The grip of terror on Muslim pupils in Dunedin is so strong that the majority did not turn up for school yesterday – and a girl who did turn up declined to wear her traditional headscarf for fear of being identified as Muslim.

The internet is radicalizing white men. Big tech could be doing more

There is still much we don’t know about the suspect and his background. But before anything at all was known about him, anyone who has studied or covered extremism and these kinds of attacks could have given you an educated guess about what kind of person he was: Male. Probably in his 20s. Decent chance of at least a minor criminal record. More than likely a history of hatred toward or violence against women. Oh, and one more thing — probably spent a fair amount of time on the internet.

Schools reach out from both sides to heal divisions after Christchurch mosque shootings

Auckland school students are visiting their local mosques, and a Muslim school is opening its doors to the community, as schools across the country seek ways to heal the community after the mosque attacks in Christchurch.

The future finds its voice

Young people are angry. Faced with global inaction over increasingly dire climate change forecasts, frustrated and fearful youth worldwide have seized the activist mantle. Bruce Munro examines the insurgent youth-led climate action phenomenon.

School climate strikes: Why kids around the world skipped school on March 15

The movement, inspired by the actions of 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, spanned more than 100 countries and 1,500 cities, where students gathered in the streets and at their state capitols to call for action.

Sex, drugs and Peppa Pig: Why you can’t trust YouTube with your kids

The YouTube video starts with a popular British children’s cartoon character, Peppa Pig, introducing herself and her family, but there are signs of trouble almost immediately. During the ninth second, Peppa’s mother opens her mouth and shouts, “Smoke weed!”

After years of vowing to police inappropriate content, YouTube continues to deliver violent imagery, drug references, sexually suggestive sequences and foul, racially charged language in clips that reach children at a troubling pace, say researchers, parents and consumer groups.

Admissions scandals: Would you cheat for your child’s education?

As more than 40 people are charged in an American university admissions scam, Guy Kelly investigates how far parents will go.

Schools change policy banning Afros after criticism of ‘institutional racism’

Auckland Grammar School has removed Afros from its list of banned hairstyles, three weeks after experts slammed the policy as “racist” and “discriminatory”.



My daughter’s school was wrong to talk about mosque shooting to her before I had the chance

Around Monday lunchtime a “special newsletter” pinged in my personal inbox, telling me that my daughter’s Auckland primary school had held a special assembly to show respect for those killed or wounded in the Christchurch mosque terror attack.

However, as I later discovered, his talk had also included the fact that a large number of people had been killed or wounded in their church by someone who didn’t like their religion. Which is not how I would have chosen to explain it to her, when I’d decided to explain it to her. Which I hadn’t found a way to do – yet.

‘Over simplistic’ model lacks understanding

Excellent vocational education requires effective regional partnerships.

Media releases


Ministry of Education working to support schools

Ministry of Education: We are providing support to schools, kura and early learning services in the wake of Friday’s shocking event in Christchurch.

Iwi leaders tell government: hands off the ITOs!

Te Rautaki Whakaroopu Maori: Representatives from 28 iwi gathered last Thursday and agreed the proposed Reform of Vocational Education was being rushed through, and called on the government to extend the consultation period and engage with Māori to involve them in the changes.

Making a difference for a lifetime

New Zealand Kindergartens: Early childhood education makes a difference for a lifetime and New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) commends the Government for developing a 10-year strategic plan to ensure high quality early childhood education provision.

National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards

Ako Aotearoa: Ako Aotearoa believes that teaching and learning of the highest quality is evidenced daily in organisations right cross our tertiary sector. To reflect that, the 2019 round of the National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards is going through its greatest change since 2002.

Rāhina 18 o Poutū-te-rangi

Schools to reopen following city-wide lockdown during shootings at Christchurch mosques

Schools will reopen in Christchurch on Monday, with the exception of Hagley College, which is acting as a welfare centre for the mosque shootings. See also: Dealing with children’s trauma RNZ  Nine to noon audio: Christchurch GP and youth advocate Dr Sue Bagshaw discusses aftermath for children.

Tens of thousands of school students demonstrate across NZ calling for action on climate change

From Southland to the Bay of Islands, tens of thousands of school pupils took to the streets today demanding action on climate change. See also: Climate change protests: Will we let the kids down?

Education Hubs sensible and overdue

The hubs will allow schools to address issues of equity and excellence that have beset the sector for too long, writes Wakefield School principal Peter Verstappen. See also: Richard Dykes: Task force is wrong, our schools are not a ‘failed experiment’

Tomorrow’s Schools reform: School principals unite to fight ‘hub’ takeover

A plan for regional “hubs” to take powers from elected school boards of trustees faces a growing backlash, with two groups of schools uniting to fight it.

Schools ease NZ children’s ‘epidemic of anxiety’

Schools are stepping up to ease an “epidemic of anxiety” among their students, smashing a taboo that teachers shouldn’t be social workers.

Auckland school rugby boycott drama to ‘explode’ again

The playground fight over 1st XV rugby involving some of the country’s most powerful schools is about to get a whole lot uglier.

Large numbers turnout across Taranaki for annual seaweek event

For the first time, Experiencing Marine Reserves brought their snorkel programme to South Taranaki with a pool snorkel trail held at the Hāwera Aquatic Centre where over 30 participants of all ages attended.

Media releases

Trailblazing role brings Te Reo to digital classrooms

Taitokeru Education Trust: In a first for New Zealand education, a cluster of Northland schools now has its own Rumaki and Reo Rua facilitator.

Minister, explain how people and quality jobs fit in your vision

Michael Gilchrist, TEU: New Zealand’s current vocational education and training system needs to change. There is broad agreement about that.

Bipartisan approach to early childhood education sector

Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand: keen to see bipartisan approach to early childhood education sector

Rāmere 15 o Poutū-te-rangi

Student climate change strike

From Stuff:

Supporting our young people as they take action over climate change

School climate strike: This isn’t the first pupil strike – and last time, it worked

Thousands expected at student-led climate change march through Wellington

We doth protest too little: making a stand is a human right, regardless of age


See also:

NZ schools strike for climate: everything you need to know – The Spinoff

Kindergarten kids join school strike for climate in Waihi – NZ Herald


In other news:

Measles outbreak: Wellington schools, early childhood centres warned of risk

Residents across the greater Wellington region are being assured there are sufficient supplies of the measles vaccine in the wake of recent outbreaks in Canterbury, Auckland, Dunedin and Waikato.

Cash injection needed after multimillion-dollar Christchurch schools rebuild budget blowout

A multimillion-dollar Budget 2019 bid is likely after the Ministry  of Education underestimated the cost of rebuilding Christchurch schools by up to $300m.


And overseas: 

Alleged college scam schemers find their jobs in danger or gone

US universities and companies have moved swiftly to distance themselves from employees swept up in a nationwide college admissions scheme, many of them coaches accused of taking bribes and others prominent parents accused of angling to get their children into top schools by portraying them as recruited athletes.

Rāapa 13 o Poutū-te-rangi


Proposed polytechnic shake-up doomed to fail education consultant claims

Skills Organisation’s Gary Fissenden says a new survey found employers will hire fewer apprentices if the proposal goes ahead.

Students to march on Parliament demanding promised grants for postgraduates

Students are calling on the Government to keep its pledge of restoring the postgraduate student allowance.

Online harassment: the insidious face on an inescapable harm

This is the insidious, less talked-about face of cyber harassment. A seemingly minor irritation escalates into something life-limiting. It’s the persistence and inescapability that makes it so harmful.

Victoria University professor wins $100000 prize for climate-change work

A Wellington professor studying climate change has won the 2018 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize.

Wellington primary school teacher wins Prime Minister’s science teacher prize

Carol Brieseman, of Hampton Hill School, in Tawa, says the key to enthusing children is smart planning, picking up on activities or events that they are interested in and knowing the curriculum really well.

St John pushes to have first aid training compulsory in all New Zealand schools

More than 4000 Christchurch students will be among the first in the country to be given first aid training as part of a St John initiative to have it introduced to the national school curriculum.

Wintec HR head scoops national award, credits team culture

The head of HR at a polytech rocked by scandal says the organisation’s culture is healthy.

Tauranga to lose more principals, dozens of teachers leave last year

Tauranga is about to lose more school principals, and lost dozens of teachers last year, amid growing concerns about the pressure of today’s education system.

Prisoners by choice: St John’s College students lock themselves in a cage at protest at Hastings clocktower

James Barr and Ishan Paranar, year 11 students from St John’s Hastings, locked themselves in a cage for four hours, from 10am to 2pm, to protest against poor living conditions for those in New Zealand prisons.

Ministry moves to terminate Lower Hutt childcare centre’s licence following investigation

The centre, which is on Hutt Hospital land but is not affiliated with the hospital, has been closed since December 18 last year when its licence was suspended.



We should be proud of the courage of student strikers

It is possible the proposed marches and rallies by school pupils to urge New Zealand politicians to act on climate change would gladden the heart of former British prime minister Winston Churchill, who supposedly once observed that anyone who was not a liberal at 20 years of age had no heart, while anyone who was still a liberal at 40 had no head.

Richard Prebble: Taskforce could destroy your local high school

What the Government’s taskforce is recommending is an attack on Auckland Grammar and your local high school.

Media releases


Pushing hard for Pasifika achievement in STEM

NZGovt: The Minister for Pacific Peoples is pushing hard for greater Pasifika participation in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with a further boost this year of a new crop of national Toloa awardees being announced.

Rāhina 11 o Poutū-te-rangi

Biggest shake-up of education system in 30 years has educators and parents on edge

Meetings are being held nationwide to discuss the Independent EducationTaskforce’s proposals.

‘Racist’ comments at Tomorrow’s Schools meeting in Auckland

A meeting to discuss the Tomorrow’s Schools review ended in a “fracas” after a speaker was challenged by a teacher over “racist” comments.

Students marching against climate change reject talk they’re just wagging

For Rhiannon Mackie, missing the student strike against climate change on Friday is not an option. “It is so much more important than getting an education. If we don’t solve this problem, our education is worth nothing. If we kill our planet, there is no second chance.”

Student strike over climate change gets support from teachers

Academics and teachers are throwing their weight behind students who plan to strike for climate change action.

Primary teachers ‘disappointed’ with latest pay offer, may strike on April 3

The primary teachers’ union says it is “disappointed” with a new pay offer and may hold a third national strike on April 3 if teachers reject the offer.

School leavers left out of alcohol and drug prevention programmes, research says

A generation of young people are starting university lacking adequate drug and alcohol education, research suggests.

School spends $1.2 million on overseas travel including business class flights and five star hotels in five years

New Zealand’s national correspondence school has been accused of having a “culture of extravagance” after spending more than $1.2 million on overseas travel, including business class flights and five star hotels, over the last five years.

Local Focus: How this Māori Principal turned a failing school into one of the top schools in the country

Bruce Jepsen is the Principal of one of the top achieving primary schools in the country. But 12 years ago, Te Akau ki Papamoa Primary School was anything but. “90 percent of the Māori students, whether they were boy or girl, irrespective of which iwi they were from, couldn’t read, couldn’t write and couldn’t do maths,” Jepson said.

Online gaming creators of League of Legends partners with local trust to deliver programme to youth

Rotorua-based non-profit Digital Natives Academy (DNA) is partnering with global game creators of League of Legends, Riot Games.

The woman who can’t read numbers – how her Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki tutor discovered dyscalculia

A Taranaki woman who can’t read numbers is helping to open doors to thousands of other people who struggle with maths.



Editorial: Hipkins needs to rethink his tertiary shake-up

The Government ought to be listening to the building industry’s concerns about the shake-up of workforce training announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins last month.

Conversations: Naida Glavish and the fight for a Māori voice that started with ‘kia ora’

Maybe it’s unfair to keep harking back to that time in 1984, when Naida Glavish stood her ground against the Post Office, as a telephone toll operator who risked being fired for greeting callers with: “Kia ora. “It seems outrageous today (and indeed was outrageous to many back then). But that’s the point. It shows we’re capable of progress, even if it doesn’t always seem that way.

Rāmere 8 o Poutū-te-rangi

Waikato principals urge radical changes to schooling system amid growing inequity

Waikato principals are backing calls for a radical shake-up in education, with one school leader slamming the current system as a “big fat failure”.

Principal denies misinformation on education changes

The principal of Massey High School in West Auckland, Glen Denham, denies he’s spreading falsehoods.

Engineering firms struggle to hire diverse workforce

Engineering companies are improving diversity, but while they are hiring more female graduates, they are struggling to diversify among other groups. This is a problem universities are working to address, others argue the problem starts much earlier than that.

School bullying victim uses lessons to help build teen esteem

Motueka woman Stacey Maree understands first-hand the problems that bullying can cause. She is using lessons from her own experience to help young people.

Curious change to Victoria University of Wellington logo amid name debacle which could be legally challenged

In recent weeks the institute has made slight but noticeable changes to its logo on its website – omitting the “of” in Victoria University of Wellington and dropping the original Māori name.

Auckland school defends fake story of child killed in car crash

Shelly Park School in east Auckland shared the story of the fake accident in its newsletter last Tuesday in a bid to tackle its ongoing problems with parking.

Student loan border arrests to stay, for now

Education Minister Chris Hipkins said while arresting loan defaulters would not have been a policy he would have introduced, for now it would stay as it was not a legislative priority for the Government.



Protesting students should be seen and heard

Lucy Gray and her classmates are planning a protest for climate change in Christchurch. The Christchurch 12-year-old, in response to criticism about students taking a day off school to highlight climate change, had this to say: “Teachers, they strike all the time to get what they want and that’s just money. We want our future.”

Media releases


Secondary teachers support student climate action

PPTA: PPTA, the union and professional association for secondary teachers, welcomes the energy and engagement shown by New Zealand students in their fight for climate justice.

New research offers insights into how mothers choose ECE

Ministry of Social Development:  Mothers, on average, take 25 weeks leave from work when they have a child, their use of teacher-led early childcare education (ECE) services increases with the hours a mother works and with the age of the child, and income and the hours of work affect uptake of ECE services, are some of the findings of a recent Auckland University study.

Education in schools needed to address gender equality

Auckland University of Technology:  We need to teach boys and girls that, besides a few anatomic differences, there is very little else that differentiates men and women says Dr Pani Farvid, senior lecturer in psychology at AUT’s School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies.