Rāapa 30 Haratua


Kohanga reo claim back on the table

A Treaty of Waitangi claim lodged by the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust in 2011 is back on the negotiations table, and the trust is hoping for a beneficial outcome.

Auckland Grammar revolts against NCEA exam changes

A revolt against suggested changes to the NCEA has begun, with Auckland Grammar School developing its own exam to replace level one of the qualification. The school expects to start offering the test in 2020, and will provide it to other schools that want it for their Year 11 students.

Boy suspended after assaulting fellow James Cook High School student in Auckland

Two boys have been reprimanded after bullying another James Cook High School student on Tuesday.

Colleges charting out an environmental course for keen students

Taupō’s two largest secondary schools are working on creating a new joint course that will reward students for their work on environmental projects.

Teacher and student reminisce on glory days 60 years on

Kevin MacBeth, left, first met Brian Breen in the 1950s, when Breen was his primary schoolteacher. They’re now regulars at their local cosmopolitan club.

Media releases

Auckland VC risks undermining PM’s vision for education

TEU: University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon’s proposal to cut staff from the Faculty of Education risks worsening the chronic teacher shortage facing New Zealand, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said today.

Kindergarten nominated for prestigious award

Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens: Porirua’s Toru Fetū Kindergarten has been nominated for a Prime Minister’s education award for engagement because of its strong links with its communities.

Local schools participate in Guardian Planting Programme

Gisborne District Council: Project manager Ranell Nikora said the focus this year was for children to build a relationship with the maunga. While some children were regular visitors to Titirangi, others had never been before.

Opinion / insight

Auckland University slashes teacher training despite record shortage of educators

The country’s biggest teacher training institution, the University of Auckland, is cutting its education faculty by 15 per cent despite New Zealand experiencing its worst teacher shortage on record.

School of the Week: Arataki Primary School

When Shelley Blakey first arrived at Arataki School she knew she would stay. “As soon as I walked through the gates I felt like I was at home,” she said.

Education Conversation promotion

The future of NCEA – join the conversation

Leadership@tki.org.nz: Education should give every New Zealander the freedom and opportunity to be the best they can be.



Rāhina 28 Haratua 2018

A complete overhaul of NCEA level one has been recommended to Government

Students could again be high school guinea pigs as the Government considers completely overhauling NCEA level one.

Auckland Grammar School headmaster slams NCEA changes as ‘dangerous’ and ‘irresponsible’

Auckland Grammar School headmaster Tim O’Connor, where 60 per cent of senior students sit British-based Cambridge exams, predicts that more schools will abandon the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) if changes proposed in a discussion document are adopted.

NCEA Level 1 exams ‘a form of crowd control’

(RNZ/Morning Report audio) A ministerial advisory group has suggested dropping exams for level 1 of the NCEA and halving the number of credits needed to get the qualification.

No-one keeping stats on stressed primary school principals

Increasing stress, long hours, and dealing with poverty impacting on the health of our primary school principals.

Shifting homework habits could be helping New Zealand students find balance

Homework can be the bane of academic life for many students and while some schools have said goodbye to the long-standing activity it’s not yet condemned to the educationscrapheap, writes Jessica Long.

Screaming Naenae College special needs student locked out of classroom

A special needs student deliberately locked out of class at a Lower Hutt school is just one allegation among many revealed in documents obtained by Stuff.

Almost $20M funding boost to rebuild rundown primary school in growing Auckland suburb

A neglected Auckland school is in line for a $19.5 million cash investment for a rebuild so it can offer much learning conditions for its growing student roll.

Finalists announced for Matariki Awards 2018

The annual awards event recognise and celebrate Māori achievement across a range of disciplines.

Te Kōpuku High School applies to become a state school after charter model scrapped

Waikato’s only charter school has applied to become part of the state school system.

Media Releases

Q+A: Education Minister Chris Hipkins

TVNZ, interview transcript: The Education Minister was on TVNZ 1’s Q+A programme to discuss a potential overhaul of NCEA which goes out to public consultation today.

Māori educational success not a Govt priority

NZ National Party: Young Māori who need extra help to succeed at school are being let down by the Government and its lazy approach to spending, National’s Māori Education Spokesperson Jo Hayes says.

Samoan language week launched

NZ Govt: Today’s launch of Samoan Language Week at Fale o Samoa in Mangere highlights the importance of language in sustaining the community’s traditions and cultural identity.

Opinion / Insight

Editorial: Decile funding system changes in education will not be successful if made in isolation – NZ Herald

Education is one of our most critical sectors, and it is hardly surprising, therefore, that education policies and practices are often among the most controversial.

Tākaro Tribe: Kids’ TV’s gone ka pai

If you should ever find yourself in the bush at night, or perhaps on a misty mountaintop at dusk, do keep an eye out for the patupaiarehe. According to Māori lore, these mysterious spiritual beings largely keep to themselves, but the few folk who have glimpsed them say they’re human-like, with pale skin and fair hair – a strange sight indeed to pre-European Māori.

Rāmere 25 Haratua 2018

Māori no longer ‘extra-curricular’ as bilingual school finds teacher

A bilingual kaupapa Māori school is on track to open next term after finally finding a kaiako, or teacher.

The high-flying jobs you can get with no formal qualification

It’s become expected that for most of the country’s highest-paying, highest-profile roles, you need a tertiary qualification.

Education Council investigates 664 school teachers for misconduct

Sex, drugs and pornography were just some of the reasons behind 664 teachers being investigated in the past two years.

‘Eventually decile system will go’

The flawed decile system will eventually go but not before finding a system that doesn’t further stigmatise children, says the Minister of Education.

Government scraps plans to replace decile funding system for schools with per-child ‘risk index’ subsidies

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced the end of work on a risk index to replace the school decile funding system

Our Lady of Lourdes school joins Australian children for simultaneous reading

A Palmerston North school was in sync with children across the ditch this week during a simultaneous book reading.

School lifts community expectations, and with it, students’ fortunes

Five years ago, Glenavon School was under close government monitoring, a struggling school in a struggling community. (Following two stories about finalists)

Rotorua Girls’ High School and John Paul College ‘proud’ to be finalists in Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards
Hawke’s Bay schools Flaxmere College and William Colenso College finalists in Prime Minister’s Excellence Awards


Media releases

Fees-free sucks up tertiary money for nothing

NZ National Party: For the first time in two decades universities in New Zealand will receive no real increase in government funding, while $2.8 billion is being spent on the failed policy to lift participation in tertiary education, National’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paula Bennett says.

BCITO acts to boost school leavers entering apprenticeships

BCITO: New Zealand’s leading provider of construction and trade apprenticeships is encouraging school leavers to see a career in the trades as a worthwhile choice with the launch of a new digital platform.

VCs at risk of opting out of government’s vision

TEVice-Chancellors need to accept that cutting jobs to meet narrow performance metrics will do nothing to help rebuild an inclusive tertiary education sector that meets the needs of all New Zealanders, the Tertiary Education Union said today.

Exploring what it is to be a global citizen

ACE: A dynamic range of speakers at next month’s Adult and Community Education (ACE) Conference will guide community educators towards a greater understanding of how community learning can help New Zealanders become global citizens.

#YouthToo – High school students speak out for Youth Week

Shakti: Shakti Youth is hosting a new generation of youth from migrant and refugee backgrounds who will come together for Youth Week 2018 to share fresh perspectives on the #MeToo movement and feminism on the 26th of May.


An answer to New Zealand’s illiteracy enigma?

Roger Partridge, NZ Initiative: While Reading Recovery may help some children – or even a majority of them – what of those it does not help?


Wednesday 23 May 2018

Teacher shortages at new high, according to secondary principals survey

Almost half of secondary school students are being taught by teachers who don’t specialise in the subjects they’re teaching, a report has found.

Education Council reveals the number of teachers disciplined for sexual misconduct

The Education Council has revealed 81 teachers were disciplined for sexual misconduct against a student between 2015 and 2017.

Scrapping school fees proves successful for pupils and families

A move by two Palmerston North schools to get rid of fees has benefited pupils outside the classroom.

Cannons Creek School disappointed voluntary donations not scrapped in Budget

Cannons Creek School principal Ruth O’Neill says she’s disappointed the Government did not scrap voluntary school donations in last week’s Budget.

Bilingual show aimed at South Island-based children

A bilingual show aimed at primary schools explores te reo Māori as a gift using musical and theatrical performances. He Kura Kōrero run by the Court Theatre is being performed at over 40 schools around the South Island. The only aim is to encourage the normalisation of te reo Māori in everyday life.

Critic Te Arohi editor defends ‘objectionable’ magazine cover

Hundreds of copies of the University of Otago’s student magazine Critic Te Arohi have been removed and destroyed by staff at the campus.

Why do so many kids dread cross country?

Schools up and down the country are well into their training for cross country. But new research by Nielsen on behalf of Athletics NZ and Sport NZ has found a quarter of children surveyed do not enjoy the sport.

Christchurch youth trust keen to build ‘adventure school’ on abandoned land

Christchurch’s inner-city red zone could be transformed into a new “adventure school” if a proposal to the Government is adopted.

Bohally won’t block co-location if asked to ‘come to the table’

The Ministry of Education is considering co-locating Blenheim’s colleges on the Marlborough Girls’ College site. Could that include Bohally?

Media releases

World Play Day

Toy Library Federation: NZ The theme for World Play Day is Free Play – encouraging people to slow down for simple unstructured play with their children.

Govt cuts funding and opportunities for Kiwi kids

NZ National Party: The Government has taken an axe to the education sector and scrapped a large number of valuable initiatives in Budget 2018, National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says.


All teachers share responsibility for sex education, let’s support them

New Zealand runs a pretty good sex-ed programme. Our health curriculum runs students through a gamut of learning, both about mechanics and relationships. Could it be better? Couldn’t everything? But don’t blame the PE department. Blame everyone else.

Being a principal can be a heartbreaking job

​KidsCan has had its government funding renewed. One Taranaki principal talks about the remarkable differences the programmes have made to children in hardship in her school.

We should educate prisoners

Lawyer, and former prison volunteer, Stacey Shortall says prisoner education can stop the “revolving door” prison often creates.

Opinion: Nothing new in Budget speech for tertiary education

While many of the sentiments and statements made in Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s speech resonate with us here at Toi Ohomai, there was nothing new for the ITP sector in the 2018 Budget apart from the Fees Free and boost in student support for living costs announced in December 2017.

Monday 21 May 2018

Filipino students duped, depressed by education promises

Depressed international students claim they were enticed here by a corrupt industry, with one student alleging he was refused a $17,000 refund for a “useless” diploma.

Upset over Avonside Girls’, Shirley Boys’ and Cashmere high schools’ zoning is just the beginning

A contentious proposal to rezone two east Christchurch schools is the start of a major adjustment for the city.

Residents’ fears over drugs at housing complex near high school

Claims of dealers selling drugs to Wellington High School pupils out of inner city Housing New Zealand flats are being monitored by police amid residents’ concerns over crime in Mt Cook.

Te Reo Maori education given $15.5 million bump in Budget 2018

The implementation of compulsory Te Reo Maori in schools has been hotly debated, with Budget 2018 delivering a nudge in the direction of te reo Maori education.

Student calls for end to plastic wraps on NZQA exams

An Auckland student is campaigning to stop NZQA from wrapping exam papers in plastic wraps.

Medical students upset Budget didn’t extend student loan cap

Medical students are upset with the Government for not getting rid of a cap on the number of years a student can get a student loan.

Media releases

ASEAN@50 Fellowships awarded

VUW: The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (SEA CAPE) are proud to announce the award of the ASEAN@50 Fellowships to five outstanding scholars and business experts from the ASEAN region.

Engineering students awarded RMTU scholarships

Two young students with a passion for engineering have been awarded Ernest William File scholarships for 2018.


All sex, no relationships: What I’ve learnt teaching sex ed

I’ve been a nurse for 25 years, and for 12 of them I’ve been living and working with teenagers in an international boarding school. Part of the role involves teaching health and sex education.

Friday 18 May

Epsom Girls Grammar School issues warning to parents before new episodes of 13 Reasons Why

An Auckland school is warning parents about the upcoming release of Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, saying it will likely raise the issue of suicide among students who watch.

University of Auckland protesters set up blockade in Symonds St

The protest was in response to the loss of specialist libraries, staff restructuring and the lack of funding for tertiary education.

Budget reaction

Teachers and unions disappointed by Budget education calls

Melanie Webber’s school can’t find a sutiably-qualified maths teacher – and the Budget won’t change that, she says.

Budget 2018: Teachers could walk, principal warns following lukewarm education slice

Teachers are angry and could walk out of classrooms after the Government’s lukewarm approach to education was revealed by the Budget, a principal has warned.

Budget 2018: More specialist help for preschoolers with special needs

A small Budget increase for early intervention services will halve the waiting list of preschoolers needing extra help, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.

Budget 2018: Relief for schools and preschools, but what’s happened to the promises?

Schools and preschools have gained some relief to cope with inflation but they are asking what has happened to most of the promises the Labour Party made for education before the last election.

Media releases

Early Childhood NZ says Budget 2018 a small step

Early Childhood NZ: Budget 2018 is a small step in the right direction for early childhood education, says Te Rito Maioha Chief Executive, Kathy Wolfe.

Budget funding for early childhood education underwhelming

Early Childhood Council: The Early Childhood Council (ECC) says the 1.6% Budget increase announced for early childhood education centre universal funding is significantly underwhelming.

Focus on supporting Māori students and strengthening te reo

NZ Govt/Kelvin Davis: Supporting Māori students to succeed as Māori and investing to deliver te reo Māori in schools are key to lifting the achievement of our tamariki and rangatahi, says Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis.

Budget forgets that tertiary education is the foundation

TEU: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s aspiration that this Budget provides a foundation for the future has been dealt a severe blow by the failure to invest further in tertiary education.

Opinion, letters

TAHUA 2018: Will Govt deliver for Māori Education?

Opinion: A wide range of areas within the Education sector are hoping get a decent bag of “lollies” from the Govt’s budget announcement later today.

Letters: Review of Tomorrow’s Schools both needed and desired

Patrick Walsh: With the 30th anniversary of Tomorrow’s Schools Reforms rapidly approaching, a review is both necessary and desirable.





Wednesday 16 May

Auckland military school set to be first to merge into state education

Auckland’s Vanguard Military School will become the first charter school to make the switch to Labours new “designated character schools”.

Budget 2018: Can new govt deliver on education?

The Education Minister says the sector is in far more strife than he’d been led to believe but the National Party is fighting back, releasing Cabinet documents it says prove planning was well underway for the Auckland region.

Ag college pays back millions after being funded for education it didn’t deliver

When Arthur Graves took over the leadership of the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre two years ago, it faced one of the toughest challenges of its 100 years of existence.

Te Papa and EQC’s Minecraft mod shakes up earthquake education

Skeleton horses and killer bunnies may not be traditional learning tools, but a new mod for the computer game Minecraft is using them to teach important lessons about earthquake safety.

Land sale regret after proposed school zone shift

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says she would not have championed selling council land to the Ministry of Education had she known it would “exclude” families from two local high schools.

Race Unity speech winner talks of feeling degraded by abusive words

The winner of the 2018 Race Unity speech awards talked about having abusive words slapped across her face many times.

Education summits tap into mood for change

The president of the Principals Federation says the current conversation on education is a great opportunity to make the system more responsive to the needs of Maori students.

Honorary doctorate for respected teacher

Sandy Adsett will today be conferred with an honorary doctorate at Palmerston North tomorrow 12 years after graduating with a Master of Māori Visual Arts (MMVA) from Massey University in 2006.

Kerikeri High School coach receives top service award

A long time Kerikeri High School football coach has been honoured with a top award from the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council.

Media releases

Hon Willie Jackson Gives Aspiring Tradies a Boost

Aspire2Trades: Minister of Employment Hon Willie Jackson visited South Auckland trades training school Aspire2 Trades yesterday, inspiring students to take charge of their futures.

Open Polytechnic Annual Report highlights year of growth

Open Polytechnic: The release of Open Polytechnic’s 2017 Annual Report shows a year of growth and innovation for the institution which enrols the largest number of distance learners at tertiary level in New Zealand.

Failing Geeks Get The Grades

QuickSense: In real terms, QuickSense allows a student to study NCEA 1-3 mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry subjects and learn from their mistakes as they go. A teacher can track the progress of the entire class and understand where to focus lessons. Students can work out where to focus their study time.

Bullying-Free Week starts with the launch of ‘Oat the Goat’

MoE: A unique digital animation launched today by Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin aims to teach children about empathy and acceptance.