Wednesday 31 August

Napier and Hamilton will each get a charter school targeting poorer Maori teenagers

Since 2014 nine charter schools have opened, mostly in Auckland and Northland, while Te Pumanawa o te Wairua in Whangaruru has since closed. It was given a series of warnings and closed down in March after the school was plagued with problems, …

New Charter schools to focus on Maori students – Newstalk ZB

Trust Chair Cath Rau said for the last 20 years they’ve specialised in supporting kohanga reo, kura, and wharekura, and they’ve seen the success students there have enjoyed. She said they’re mindful of the vast majority of Maori students in the state …

Drilling firm behind one of two new charter schools – Radio New Zealand

A drilling firm and an educational trust are behind two new charter schools announced today. Te Aratika Academy in Napier and Te Kopuku High in Hamilton will open next year, with both schools targeting enrolements byMāori teenagers. The two schools …

New charter schools create inequity and waste public money – (press release)

“Not only do charter schools lack any of the financial, social and educational accountabilities required of state schools, they actually increase inequality,” says PPTA Hamilton executive representative, Vinnie Monga. “At this year’s US National …

Teacher quality ‘single most important influence’ on success, study finds – Educators NZ

When it comes to ensuring a high standard of education in schools, the quality of teaching staff proved significantly more important than a school’s resources, class size or management. The Warehouse Stationery Most Inspiring Teacher study investigated …

NZ tech crusader advocating education reform

A leading Hamilton-based company director says she is committed to advocating New Zealand education reform in technology. Rachel Kelly, the owner of tech business organiser Sparktank, wants to see more young girls presented with opportunities to enter …

Double boost for environmental education

A new contract to support Enviroschools for the next six years and a new Strategy for Environmental Education for Sustainability were announced today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Minister of Conservation Nicky Wagner. “Education …

Hundreds more kids to learn Asian languages

Education Minister Hekia Parata visited Carmel College in Auckland today to announce funding for new or expanded Asian language programmes at 63 schools across the country. “Languages are an important tool for our young people to have as they venture out into the world,” says Ms Parata. …

Kiwis gaining more higher-level qualifications

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today welcomed figures that show  56 per cent of New Zealanders aged 25-34 years old now hold a higher-level tertiary qualification. A report released today – Profile & Trends 2015: Tertiary Education Outcomes and Qualification Completions, showed that last year there were 138,000 tertiary qualifications completed by New Zealanders and 22,500 qualifications by international students at tertiary providers across the country. …

Teacher says he was victim of racial discrimination at top Australian school –

A teacher has accused a top Victorian school of racial discrimination after he was allegedly told he made the staff room look like “Angelina Jolie’s family”. The former McKinnon Secondary College maths teacher also claimed that a colleague referred to …

Online schools out of line: Principals –

The move has also dismayed the primary school teachers’ union who say education is about learning to work and play with other children. The Ministry of Education says the attendance requirement may depend on the type of COOL and attendance in an …



Tuesday 30 August


Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt lets students use cellphones … –

They’re deemed a distraction in class, and a safety risk in the hallways at girls’ school.

Would private tutoring help your child – New Zealand Herald

Bay parents seeking extra education for their children have a growing number of tutoring services to consider. But how do you know whether your child needs private tuition, and whether spending money will get results? 48 Hours reporter Dawn Picken …

Unitec chaotic and ruthless, staff say

A leaked report shows staff morale at New Zealand’s biggest polytechnic, Unitec, is critically low, with some describing the environment as ruthless and chaotic.

Editorial: Parents need to commit to school too

Truancy is obviously damaging to a child’s education, but so is its well-to-do relative: family holidays during term. For the first time in its annual analysis of school attendance, the Ministry of Education counted the number of…

Editorial: Getting carried away with online schools | –

OPINION: The default presumption should continue to be that children attend a physical school.

Victoria University to sell Karori campus, possibly bringing $20 million windfall

Victoria University has decided it doesn’t need its Karori campus, which was transferred to it from the government for $10 in 2014.

Complaint Against Two Victoria University Professors

The Royal Society of New Zealand has confirmed the commencement in accordance with its rules of a process to consider a complaint by several of its members that two Victoria University academics, Professors James Renwick and Tim Naish, have …

How much sway do our genes really hold over our IQ?

A 2006 report by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) says that by the time a child turns 14, enjoyment of reading is a key indicator for engagement in learning and competency levels. Students who enjoyed reading were found to have …

Monday 29 August

Overcrowding puts the squeeze on classrooms

Auckland’s rapid population growth is causing overcrowding in schools, with one looking to use its school hall as a classroom.

Union unconvinced school overcrowding being addressed

The primary teachers union says despite promises increased class sizes and overcrowding in Auckland is being addressed it is yet to be convinced.

This is why Finland has the best schools –

Finns put into practice the cultural mantras I heard over and over: “Let children be children”, “The work of a child is to play”, and “Children learn best through play”. The emotional climate of the typical classroom is warm, safe, respectful and …

Schools put school sport exchanges on hold blaming new health and safety laws –

“We have a Maori kaupapa so we generally stay on the marae, for the cost factor and because we are comfortable with the marae setting,” she said. “This time around we have a small group and they are staying in the Top 10 … Stuart, who is also an …

Charter schools want more money for growth

Some charter school owners want financial assistance from the government to help with growing enrolments.

Students being taught New STEAM concept which mixes science and maths with art

• Art students also using science and maths in work• Teachers are breaking down the gender barriers• Student accepted into top universities around the world after using STEAM Students are hurling paint at canvases…

Getting truants out of bed and off to school

Kathryn Ryan talks to Kawerau’s secret weapon, Mereana Rua (aka Nanny Dolz). She is the straight shooting local truancy officer who gets teenagers out of bed, bundles them into her car and drives them to Tarawera High School, where truancy rates are down. Steve Stuart, the acting head of sector enablement and support at the Ministry of Education also joins us to discuss the persistent issue of truancy and how to overcome it.

Jacinda v David: Put kids at the centre of the school funding debate

OPINION: Education suffers if we are simply looking for new ways to divide the same budget.

Education reforms half-cooked and not so cool

OPINION: It would have been something to be a fly on the wall when Education Minister Hekia Parata and her team came up with the acronym for its bold, future-focused ‘Community of Online Learning’ proposal.

Andrew Gunn: Education without teachers

Education Minister Hekia Parata, welcome.


Friday 26 August

Steve Maharey: Delivering an education fit for the 21st century

OPINION: The announcement by the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, that school-age children will be able to do all of their learning online has rightly prompted debate. The minister has argued that kids already learn online in the school setting …

New Study Reveals Value of Teachers in NZ Education –

The quality of teaching staff is significantly more important than a school’s resources; class size, or management in determining the education outcomes of our children, according to a new study. The survey found a majority, seven out of ten New …

Sex mis-education: How can we better teach young people about sex and relationships?

New Zealand Health Education Association co-chairperson Rachael Dixon says society at large has a role to play in supporting young people to develop healthy attitudes towards sex, sexuality, and relationships. “Opportunities for teaching and learning …

Whakaue educator defends COOL schools –

Roana Bennett from Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue Iho Ake Trust says the education amendment bill, which includes provision for the new communities of online learning or COOLs, is an opportunity for the sort of step change that Maori education needs.

Investigator’s report reveals how Donald Hancox defrauded Upper Hutt College –

The Upper Hutt College board of trustees chairman and the school’s executive officer chuckled at the idea that such a swindle couldn’t happen at their school. Little did Smith realise that Hancox had his hand deep in the school’s purse at that very moment.

Universities New Zealand: Lincoln will need to show creative thinking

Lincoln University will need to think creatively to reduce costs and increase revenue, a tertiary sector boss says. The specialist land-based university will consider options including private investment and selling off assets to help raise the …

Thursday 25 August

What’s going on in education policy?

Dr Liz Gordon, QPEC convenor, says that QPEC supports the concerns of many other groups about two recently announced policy proposals.

Nelson schools pick up Mandarin lessons

Nayland College is leading the way in Nelson, taking Mandarin on a pathway from primary to high school.

Editorial: Online school plan invests in the future but needs careful oversight

Education Minister Hekia Parata is eager to promote change in New Zealand schools. She has pushed digital technology into the curriculum, though in a limited way. She wants to reform the way funds get to children with special needs…

Marlborough iwi Ngati Apa ki te Ra To launches education starter packs

Top of the South iwi Ngati Apa ki te Ra To has funded free education starter packs for their 5-year-olds, and gave away the first three on Wednesday. Marlborough woman Emma-Jaye King said the initiative made the process of her son Lennox starting …

Online schools advocates sceptical of government’s bill.

A parent whose three children learn online, and a profession of e-learning from the University of Canterbury, discuss the Government’s plan to set up more online schools.

Massey opens language research centre with China

The teaching of Chinese language in New Zealand is about to get a major boost with the establishment of a Joint Research Centre in Applied Linguistics run by Massey University and Beijing Languages and Culture University, to be based at Massey’s …

Lincoln University considering private investment, asset sales to save money

Cash-strapped Lincoln University is considering private investment and selling off assets to raise the millions of dollars it needs to balance its books.


Wednesday 24 August

Online schools – education solution or ‘absolute disaster’?

ACT, the political party which brought us charter schools, is welcoming the idea of online-only education with open arms. Others, not so much.

Protestors rally against Otago Uni job losses: ‘They don’t want people who can think’

The message was loud and clear.

Questions for Oral Answer- Wednesday 24 August 2016

CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister of Education: How will her Communities of Online Learning (CoOL) proposal differ from online charter schools in the United States, given a study partially funded by a private pro-charter foundation found students attending …

Government education reform focuses on school-aged children learning from home

In a move to get with the times Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced school-aged children will be able to do all their learning online. The sweeping change will allow any … NZ First MP Tracey Martin says the Government’s education reform is …

Fears daughter will ‘miss out twice’ in change to special education funding

Children with learning disabilities could “miss out twice” under a plan to change how funding for special education is allocated, parents fear. The Government has announced a plan to focus special education funding at an early-childhood level, and …

Former Wairarapa school teacher under Education Council investigation

The Education Council has confirmed an investigation has begun into a former teacher at Rathkeale College. PIERS FULLER/ FAIRFAX NZ. TheEducation Council has confirmed an investigation has begun into a former teacher at Rathkeale College, …

Gordon Campbell on special needs education funding changes

The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… and that’s even …

Government Not Keeping Up with Education Innovation

Commenting on the findings, Carolyn Alexander-Bennett, E-Principal at FarNet and Chair of the NZ Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC) Council said, “In today’s digitally connected world, schools could not run their admin departments without …

Education sector outraged over online schools

Education specialist John O’Neill from Massey University says the Government’s plan for online schools is vague and not based on any research suggesting it would work well.

Hekia Parata rejects scathing criticism of online schools

The Government’s plan to allow students to enrol in online schools is being called a dangerous social experiment. We ask Hekia Parata what’s behind the move.

Opposition parties are scathing about online schools

The government’s plan to allow students to enrol in online schools is being called a dangerous social experiment by oppositon politicans.

Principals concerned over ageing teacher workforce and difficulty in retaining teachers –

The Ministry of Education knew it needed to raise the status of the teaching profession in general, to attract high-quality graduates into teaching, head of early learning and student achievement Lisa Rodgers said. It was working with the Education …

Wananga issues trespass notice against founder

Te Wananga o Aotearoa has issued a trespass notice against its founder Rongo Wetere.

Online Schools Out of Line Say Principals – (press release)

Iain Taylor, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) said he was gobsmacked to have yet another choice of school, ‘Online Schools’ turn up in the Education Act Update announcement. ‘Online Schools were never mentioned in any of the …

Parents Lose Their Voice at Schools – (press release)

“At present, state schools’ Board of Trustees are required to consult their community and develop a charter that reflects the goals and aspirations of the parents and students of their school community over a three-to-five year period. “The Bill puts …

Cautious support for extra funding – (press release)

“We owe it to every child to make sure they have the support they need to succeed at each step of the way through the education system” says Clare Wells, chief executive NZ Kindergartens. “We welcome increased resourcing to support to young … “To …

Tuesday 23 August

Biggest update to education in 27 years

The biggest update to education in New Zealand in nearly 30 years was introduced in Parliament yesterday by Education Minister Hekia Parata. “The Education (Update) Amendment Bill is about enabling schools to provide a flexible 21st century education focussed on the achievement of every young New Zealander, says Ms Parata. …

New ERO indicators to help Kiwi kids achieve

Education Minister Hekia Parata has today officially launched the Education Review Office’s new school evaluation indicators which identify effective practices to achieve equity and excellence for all children. “Achieving equity and excellence for every child and young person at school can be a challenge for our education system,” says Ms Parata. “The insights that the indicators will provide schools will act as a catalyst for change so that every Kiwi kid can achieve educational success.” …

Special-needs funding for children over seven ‘slashed’ under new govt proposal

This would mean schools would need to show students receiving funding had made progress in their academic achievement, which would be measured through their National Standards and NCEA results. Hipkins said using those measures was “utterly …

Ministry of Education defends special education funding shuffle

Education Ministry’s special education director says shifting funding from schoolchildren to under-5s will be gradual and won’t leave schools high and dry.

More funding needed to support toddlers and young children with special education needs

An increased focus proposed by Government on early intervention for toddlers and children who need extra learning support is welcome, but more funding and removal of a staffing freeze is needed to address already long waiting lists for toddlers and

Secondary principals fear special education disaster

The Government is considering a dramatic shift in special education funding from school-aged children to under-5s. That, secondary school principals say, would be a disaster.

Male victim of historic teacher-pupil relationship lived in constant fear

A teacher has been struck off the teachers’ register for a sexual relationship with a student dating back four decades. Suppression orders surround the identity of the woman who has since become a prominent educator but her victim…

Expert calls for government to act on lack of men in early childhood education

An early childcare researcher is calling on the Government to do more to address a lack of men in kindergarten teaching.


Some Waikato teachers are driving to Auckland or Rotorua for a course that shows how they could use technology in their classroom. But that could change if enough of them apply to bring a satellite site for The Mind Lab by Unitec to the region. The …

Charting a new course – NZ Business

What you learn on the weekend can be applied in your workplace on the Monday.” Rigby describes her teaching staff as ‘pracademics’ (not pure academics) with real life business experience. “At Waikato we have lecturers who have worked for the UN, …