Friday 29 April

The forgotten students of New Zealand’s education system

Alternative Education caters to some of the most vulnerable young people in society. Ahead of an impending Ministry of Education review reporter Alastair Lynn shines some light on the sector.

Tertiary Institution Council Appointments

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced three new appointments and five re-appointments to five tertiary education institution councils. “I welcome the valuable knowledge and experience that the new appointees will bring into their new roles. I also welcome the reappointment of a number of council members in recognition of the high-quality leadership they have been providing to these institutions,” Mr Joyce says. …

$8.5m boost for school wireless connections

Another 350 schools will be able to access wireless technology, thanks to a funding increase for the Ministry of Education’s Wireless School Network Upgrade Project (WSNUP), Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. “An extra $8.5 million will be spent on WSNUP, which retrofits wireless technology in schools to enable them to access the latest digital resources,” says Ms Kaye.  …





Thursday 28 April

Ministry of Education refuses to include New Zealand Land Wars in curriculum

Rosanna Price/ FAIRFAX NZ. Waimarama Anderson and Leah Bell with kaumatua Rahui Papa presented their petition earlier this month to push more awareness about the New Zealand Land Wars. The Ministry of Education has refused to include the New …

Govt weighs up research into space and wine

Central Otago’s space ambitions could take another leap forward, if the Government decides to back a Centre for Space Science Technology in Alexandra.

Gisborne floating classroom waka receives $150000 – Gisborne Herald

EVERY school student in the Gisborne district is in line for a voyaging canoe experience aimed at broadening their knowledge of the region’s early Maori and European settlers, building greater cultural awareness and giving them an alternative

ERO reports on three charter schools

Three new charter schools have made a good start, according to the Education Review Office.

Victoria’s international students want to be part of campus

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 14 Vaelyn Luo sits in a spartan tutorial room with other members of the V-ISA executive, putting together a submission on Victoria University’s plan to privatise its foundation studies programme. Their submission is detailed, packed with survey data and statistics, but the gist of it is that foundation studies students […]


Wednesday 27 April

Victoria University reviewing the future of its Karori campus and may sell

Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson questioned the Ministry of Education officers present on whether the taxpayer was going to have to pay to get the land back if it wanted to use it for any educational purpose in the future, such as a new secondary …

Network for Learning board reappointment

Jack Matthews has been reappointed as a director of Network for Learning Ltd (N4L) for a full three-year term, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. Ms Kaye also announced the retirement of Martin Wylie, who has served on the board since 2012. “Both Mr Matthews and Mr Wylie have provided strong leadership and guidance,” says Ms Kaye. …

Three Regional Research Institutes shortlisted

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced that three proposals to establish new Regional Research Institutes (RRIs) have been shortlisted and that applicants will now enter the business case development stage of the selection process. Regional Research Institutes are to be new research centres developed in areas outside of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch that help build research and development intensity and lift innovation in key regional industries. …

Childcare careers proving popular with school leavers

A career in childcare is becoming a popular choice for school leavers who are being attracted by practical, hands on courses. Samantha-Jo Aitchison had two careers in mind – joining the New Zealand Air Force or working with children….

Global edu-business giant damaging public education with wrong business strategy

NZEI Te Riu Roa has joined 100 other international organisations in opposing the business practice of the global education giant Pearson, which it says is damaging children’s education around the world.

NZ Initiative’s Martine Udahemuka says we need to find out what works in schools and then apply it to those that are … –

Contrary to popular belief, input variables such as class size, per pupil expenditure, and teacher certification had little to do with school effectiveness. Instead the researchers found five factors that united the schools. These were: frequent …

New app will help children understand dog behaviour

Safety around dogs was on the agenda as Mission Heights Primary School  tested out an educational app.

Schools struggling to attract nominees for school boards

Schools are struggling to attract board of trustee members because people find the job “daunting”, an outgoing board chairwoman says.



Monday 26 April

NZ Initiative’s Martine Udahemuka says we need to find out what works in schools and then apply it to those that are …

US Charter schools were developed, in part, to serve as a Research and Development engine for traditional public schools, resulting in a wide variety of school innovations. New Zealand’s outlier (or the successful low-decile) schools too could act as …

Want to keep your kids safe on the internet? Then empower them to control their online identity –

John Parsons says every classroom of six-year-olds in the country has pupils who play Grand Theft Auto. Oftentimes their favourite part of the R-18 video game is shooting women. “Women can be sexually violated, people can be tortured. If you are a …

Children rate modern classrooms at revamped Auckland school –

However, some parents say the modern learning classrooms can help children with disabilities if done well. Stephanie Reid’s 12-year-old son would clap his hands over his ears when he was in a traditional classroom due to his mild dyspraxia and Asperger …

Global edu-business giant damaging public education

He says Pearson has evolved from being a respected provider of educational resources into a multi-national corporation that bases its business model around influencing government policies in order to profit from the production, supply and evaluation of …

Latest aid figures show support to education falls again

There are parents who do everything they can to support their kids at schools. And equally, there is a bucket load of money that the Government pours into education.” Maybe what everybody needs to do is “stop and consolidate”, she said. NZ Parent …

Young ICT Explorers programme launches in NZ – Educators NZ

SAP is bringing its flagship youth innovation programme Young ICT Explorers to New Zealand in an effort to engage children with technology in order improve ICT skills and boost innovation. The programme has been running in Australia since 2010 and now …

SAP launches Young ICT Explorers programme in NZ – (press release)

Designed to inspire and encourage school-aged children to use technology creatively, the programme invites them to apply what they learn about information and communications technologies (ICT) inside and outside their classrooms to develop innovative …

New Zealand’s other wars – Radio New Zealand

A 2011 Education Review Office report found that for many schools the Treaty of Waitangi was challenging to implement. The report said in schools where the Treaty principle was evident, te reo Māori was valued and promoted through school management …

Trust has science kits ready for schools to use – New Zealand Herald

“Our team will provide additional support for schools through professional development opportunities for teachers to learn about the Matauranga Maori that sits alongside the science. “We want to encourage schools to include more science in the …

Higher education is celebrated here like nowhere else in the world – Gisborne Herald

With 72 percent of graduates identifying as Maori, the highest of any tertiary campus in the country, it is a graduation ceremony like no other in the world. As well as the uniqueness of te reo and waiata, and the beautiful cloaks many graduates wore …

Teaching naughty boys to read – New Zealand Herald

As I see it these youngsters – many of them Maori and Pasifika and most often boys – are let down by a system which remains in near total denial. Massey University research has pointed out that an integrated and comprehensive use of phonics in teaching …

Education tops workers’ choice

The education and training services sector has been ranked New Zealand’s most attractive sector by workers across the country.Results from the 2016 Randstad Award employer branding research found 33.08 per cent of New Zealand respondents…

Tertiary education fast becoming ‘out of reach for many’

The cost of tertiary education has soared seven times faster than the rate of inflation, new data reveals.Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures released this week show the cost of tertiary and other post-secondary education rose 2.9…

 New initiatives from NZ computer science education groups to give young Kiwis a head start in technology careers – Geekzone

Similarly, the cash and software grant to High Tech Youth will support their Academy programme, which provides high quality, industry relevant education and training services focusing on the high tech sector to Māori and Pasifika youth aged 16 to 19.

Ministry of Education refuses to include New Zealand Land Wars in curriculum

The Ministry of Education has refused to include the New Zealand Wars in the national curriculum. Such a change would “erode the autonomy” of school boards to make their own programmes and change the function of the curriculum. The response to the …

$9.4m upgrade for Riverhead School, Auckland

Riverhead School in North-West Auckland will benefit from a $9.4 million upgrade, which will see the construction of a new two-storey classroom block and a new administration building, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. This follows last week’s announcements of a $4 million upgrade for Bayswater School on Auckland’s North Shore, and a $4.2 million upgrade for Papatoetoe Central School in South Auckland. …

Tertiary fees locking students into poverty – Labour

The cost of tertiary education is increasing seven times faster than inflation, making it unaffordable for low-income families, Labour says.


Friday 22 April

Why did you choose to home school? –

Seven per cent of New Zealand’s school population are taught at home. Last year, 5558 children from nearly 3000 families were home-schooled. Canterbury has the third largest home-school community of 764, after Auckland’s 1214, and Waikato’s 818.

Mediocrity v Excellence

What separates good from great? Deborah Walker, CEO from the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education says, “In the current education climate, money and, to some extent, bias.” She claims many gifted children in the mainstream system are misunderstood, …


Thursday 21 April

Giving young Kiwis a head start in technology careers –

Similarly, the cash and software grant to High Tech Youth® will support their Academy programme, which provides high quality, industry relevant education and training services focusing on the high tech sector to Māori and Pasifika youth aged 16 to 19.

NZ Wars lessons a defence against racism

But the Secretary for Education, Peter Hughes, told the committee making schools teach a specific subject would be contrary to the spirit and underlying principles of the curriculum. Ms Davidson says it can be made a core subject like English or maths.

Awards Presented at National Education Conference

The 2016 Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) Award was awarded at the organisation’s biennial conference in Hamilton last night at Hobbiton. The awards evening is part of the DEANZ conference that hosted around 200 delegates at …

New Science Initiative for Rotorua Schools to be Launched

On Friday 22 April Ngati Whakaue will launch a new science initiative for Rotorua – ready-made House of Science resource kits for Rotorua schools.

Whitireia hosts Australasian student paramedic conference

Whitireia is currently hosting the inaugural Student Paramedics Australasia (SPA) conference at its Porirua Campus.



Wednesday 20 April

$4.2m upgrade for Papatoetoe Central School, Auckland – (press release)

A new, two-storey classroom block will be built as part of a $4.2 million upgrade for Papatoetoe Central School in South Auckland, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. “The new block will have eight learning spaces and will replace

The Future of Society, Education And Money Public Talks

Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said Dr Gabrielle Wall’s role was to engage with the wider community to get a better understanding of the views of local residents and how they see education being delivered in

Rangatahi join influential policy process –

They’re attending the annual Aotearoa Youth Declaration, a civicseducation conference put together by United Nations Youth New Zealand. They’ll take … It’s still low numbers when you think about the representation of Maori voices but it’s a start

Ngarimu’s VC story told in an ‘app’ – Gisborne Herald

… developed in a collaboration between Government, iwi and private sector agencies, and supported by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The resource will contribute to the aims of Ka Hikitia, Te Mai Te Reo and the Maori and Pasifika Education plans.

Official New Zealand Sign Language celebrates 10th anniversary and NCEA

The deaf community has something big to sign about.

University of Auckland study to find root cause of childhood obesity

Slowing things down could be key to preventing childhood obesity.

Wakatipu Education – community engagement process

A “community-engagement specialist” is due to start consultation over the future of education in the Wakatipu as rolls continue to grow.