Rāmere, te 29 o Pipiri

NCEA pass rates drop in more accurate count

The Qualifications Authority said national pass rates for the three levels of the NCEA and for UE were 0.2 to 0.9 percent lower under the new method for calculating the figures.

Kura rolls leap as immersion option proves popular

According to the Government’s Education Counts website the number of students attending Māori medium schools nationally increased by 16 per cent, or 2646 students between 2012 and 2017.

New era as Marlborough’s first kaupapa Māori school opens

The school, a two-classroom satellite unit of Renwick School based at Omaka Marae in Blenheim, was officially opened during a dawn ceremony on Friday.

Half-day strike a chance after teacher pay vote

Primary school teacher strikes are now a real possibility judging by the mood of Manawatū educators at a special union meeting called to vote on latest pay offer.

Students enjoying paperless approach

Almost completely abandoning pens, paper and books could have spelled disaster for Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere.

Learning in nature brings conservation to education

“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health”.

Media Releases

Funding changes to increase quality of lifelong learning opportunities

NZGovt: Foundation level te reo Māori is one of many tertiary programmes to benefit from a funding rate increase, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The rate increase of $1000 per full time equivalent place comes into effect next year and applies to a number of Student Achievement Component (SAC) level 1 and 2 programmes provided by tertiary education organisations.

Te Rito Maioha welcomes per student funding increase


Embracing a place and space that celebrates Māori

UNICEF: For 22 years Kararaina Luke, of Te Atiawa and Ngāruahine i te Rangi, has been a school principal. She talks to UNICEF NZ about past, present and the future for Māori children.










Rāapa, te 27 o Pipiri

Full-day teacher strike suggested at West Auckland union meeting

Some West Auckland teachers want a full-day strike to show their frustrations over pay negotiations.

Education Minister makes call to shut the Wairarapa school with few students

Education Minister Chris Hipkins made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon that Tuturumuri School, which had no students at the start of the year, and now has six, will be closed.

Government pay offer does nothing to address ‘crisis’ in schools, union says

About 2000 NZEI Te Riu Roa members from the Waikato area attended a meeting at the Claudelands Arena on Monday to vote on the Government pay offer.

Young people choose to earn, not learn

People in their early twenties are more likely to be earning and less likely to be learning, Stats NZ said today.

Since 2004 (when the series began), 20-24-year-olds have been the key contributors to the number of young men and women not in employment, education, or training (NEET).

Rotorua principal calls for clearer guidelines around physical restraint

John Paul College principal Patrick Walsh said the issue had been widely discussed in education circles.

“[The guidelines] are too vague so principals and teachers are worried that if they restrain a student, they may be facing criminal prosecution,” Walsh said.

Diversity equals success for tertiary scheme

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations says getting more Māori into tertiary education should be one measure of the Government’s free fees policy.

Media Releases

New appointments will push te reo Māori

NZGovt: Today’s appointments to te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori Board will mean that the promotion of the Māori language as a living language will be in excellent hands, says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.

Changing workplaces require innovative approach to education

Infometrics: New Zealand needs a national skills strategy and greater collaboration across the tertiary education sector, according to a report released today by Infometrics. From education to the economy: Megatrends affecting NZ’s working environmentexamines changes in the workforce that will take place over the next 20 years


Rāhina, te 25 o Pipiri

Insight: Examining Tomorrow’s Schools

Children’s shrieks and laughter fill the air during the lunch break at Maraeroa School in Porirua East. (Download audio for the whole story)

South Auckland families should speak up about NCEA review, principal says

De La Salle principal Mysle Hogarty said removing Level 1 “would be a travesty”.

Number of students on the rise, but fewer suitable teachers

Research published by the New Zealand Council for Education Research (NZCER) found the capacity of schools to take a growing number of students was “much the same picture as in 2013 and 2010”. (cites National Survey Report, School resources, relations with other schools, and support,  published in Nov 2017)

Early childhood teachers at risk of losing their voices in noisy classrooms

Overcrowded and noisy early childhood centres could be doing lasting damage to teachers’ voices, a recent study suggests.

Girls’ college backlash over baking and childcare courses

A girls’ college has come under fire for promoting baking and childcare as career options for its students.

Ngāti Whakaue meet with Education and Workforce Select Committee

Ngāti Whakaue iwi members have asked education representatives to consider how the iwi can be involved in Rotorua’s only partnership school if it becomes a designated character school.

Te reo Māori courses selling out as fast as tickets for Ed Sheeran or Adele

Institutions are facing demand for te reo Māori language courses as hundreds sign up to learn the language.

Māori/Pasifika school leaders experience racial discrimination, survey finds

Almost a third of Māori/Pasifika primary school leaders are experiencing discrimination, a 2017 New Zealand Education Institute survey has found.

NZ university to increase Pacific students

A New Zealand university (Waikato) is hoping to boost its numbers of Pacific students and academics through a range of initiatives.

Media releases

New data shows Fees-Free a major flop

ACT: New data released today by the Tertiary Education Commission shows that the Government’s flagship Fees-Free policy has been a major flop, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Opinion / blogs

A breath of fresh air for schools

The Daily Blog: The early signs are good for the government review of Tomorrow’s Schools.


Rāmere, te 22 o Pipiri

Call for New Zealand’s colonial history to be more widely taught in high school

Students “groan” at having to learn New Zealand history and some teachers are feeling pressured to “quieten down” the amount taught in high schools.

Sexuality and gender teaching missing from medical schools

A paper published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today has highlighted gaps in what medical students are being taught about sexuality and gender issues.

St Peter’s College builders construct champion robot to win WorldSkills title

St Peter’s College students Anna Skiffington and Charlie Mollard won the WorldSkills robotics competition in Sydney.

How many students are just studying by correspondence?

The largest number of students enrolled solely in New Zealand’s largest school – Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura), formerly known as The Correspondence School – are in the senior years.

‘Oat the Goat’ is the beautiful Kiwi animated story every child needs to watch

A beautiful New Zealand-made interactive animation for children is being praised online for the way it fosters attitudes of kindness and promotes anti-bullying.

Obesity rates in Auckland school-aged children on the rise, new data shows

The average weight of children up to the age of 14 was 35.7kg in 2017, up from 33.9kg in 2011, Healthy Auckland Together data showed.

Three specialist libraries to close at University of Auckland, 45 jobs to go

The University of Auckland will close three specialist libraries, with the loss of around 45 fulltime-equivalent staff.

Media releases

National Standards and charter schools under spotlight

NZEI Te Riu Roa: Teachers across the country are celebrating the scrapping of National Standards and are excited about the freedom to explore teaching practices and content that will genuinely meet every child’s needs, NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart told the Education and Workforce Select Committee today.

Seymour challenges members of education committee

ACT Leader David Seymour has today challenged members of the Education and Workforce Committee to visit a charter school in their area before they decide to close them down.

‘Successive parliaments have stifled student voice’ – NZUSA

Students have told MPs that they have an opportunity to turn the tide on previous laws which have stifled the student voice in tertiary education. This comes as Parliament debates the Education Amendment Bill, which proposes the restoration of one staff and one student seat on tertiary education institution (TEI) councils.

Māui and Mahuika inspire teachers and kaiako

CORE Education: The legend of Māui and his kuia Mahuika discovering the source of fire, is being used to inspire teachers and kaiako to be ready to implement the new digital technologies content in to their school curricula.

Editorial / Opinion

Gus Gilmore: Polytechs need to get people into better jobs

The Auckland economic development agency, Ateed, has issued a report on the city’s prosperity that was greeted with a headline “Two Aucklands”, one experiencing strong economic growth, the other struggling to provide the necessities of life.

Collaboration in education

Gisborne Herald: Nearly 30 years ago New Zealand introduced the Tomorrow’s Schools education reform that set schools up in competition with each other. It is now under review, and in the meantime many of the 52 schools in Tairawhiti, teaching 9000 of our children, have been starting to collaborate together and with others in the community to help raise the bar for educational achievement and employment outcomes.

Rāapa, te 20 o Pipiri

Teachers vote on strike action in first meeting

About 2500 primary teachers have gathered to vote on whether to accept the Ministry of Education’s pay offers or reject them and take industrial action.

Students in limbo as charter school contracts terminated

Middle School West Auckland (MSWA) and nine other charter schools across New Zealand received contract termination letters on June 7, even before finding out if their applications to remain open as a special character school for next year was approved.

Education minister moves closer to closing Auckland’s troubled Hato Pētera College

The “waiting game” is almost over for Auckland’s beleaguered Hato Pētera College, with Education Minister Chris Hipkins taking another step towards closing the school. See also: Auckland Māori Catholic school on the brink of closure

Racism blights NZ schools

Māori and Pasifika heads of primary schools regularly face racism at work with some discrimination coming from government agencies, according to a new survey.

Kohanga kids add touch of magic to kapa

A touch of magic is how a leading expert sees the influence of people who have been through kōhanga and kura now entering the ranks of adult kapa haka.

Bible in Schools case fast-tracked to High Court, could be heard later this year

The Human Rights Commission has backed parents right to take a court case to stop religious education in state schools.

Music therapy used in early intervention for children with special needs

A Wellington grandfather is singing the praises of a charity that uses music therapy to help pre-school aged children with disabilities.

Students beaming into classroom at Longburn Adventist College

Longburn Adventist College has started an online learning programme where children can be beamed into the class from the room next door, another part of New Zealand or another part of the world.

Lynmore Primary School enviro group helping eradicate pests, rehome battery hens

Lynmore Primary School pupils are making the environment a better place one rat and hen at a time.

Media releases

Driver shortage being addressed

Manakau Institute of Technology: Efforts to ease the driver shortage in the road transport industry has attracted significant numbers of female students to a Commercial Road Transport Programme being held at Manukau Institute of Technology.

Rāhina, te 18 o Pipiri

NZEI survey finds a third of Māori and Pasifika school leaders experienced racial discrimination

Almost a third of Māori and Pasifika primary school leaders have experienced racial discrimination at work, a survey has found.

We are barely functioning, literally

Secondary school students with NCEA Level 2, even those with a few Level 3 credits, are among the large number of people struggling with functional literacy.

Principals and teachers head to ballot box over ministry pay offer

Manawatū Principals’ Association president Wayne Jenkins doesn’t think the Ministry of Education’s pay offer is enough.

Late-night gaming affecting students’ schooling: Principal

A Southland principal says the late-night internet gaming habits of students is affecting their schooling.

Hastings’ St John’s College students doing ‘What Ever It Takes’ to tackle tough issue, including hosting Government’s Inquiry into Mental Health and Addictions

Over the past several months, nine students have spent time at What Ever It Takes (WIT) – the region’s largest peer provider of community based mental health and addiction service. See also: Teenager told school counsellor she was suicidal before attempt, mother says

Splinters of discontent mar high-end schooling

All is not well in the classrooms of New Zealand’s largest private education provider.

The working life of those living with ‘invisible’ disabilities

Workbridge new business specialist Nick Ruane says employees and recruiters should have open discussions about how the organisation can make the most of an individual’s potential.

Teen wins top speech contest at first attempt

A Mid North teenager has won the senior Māori section of Northland’s top te reo speech contest despite being a first-time entrant who says public speaking isn’t her cup of tea.

Graduating with flying colours: NZ Fashion Tech students bring paint colours to Fashion Week

NZ Fashion Tech students were given a fashion paint colour from Resene, and within four weeks 35 intricately detailed looks were woven, smocked, crushed, quilted, embroidered, draped, pleated and bunched into works of silk.

Kindergarten teachers all abuzz from time in Tonga

Teachers from an Oamaru kindergarten have returned home after an educational trip to Tonga.

Media releases

Action needed over discrimination

A survey of primary school leaders has found that a significant sample of Māori and Pasifika participants have experienced discrimination at work on the basis of their ethnicity. See also: Ending racism within a generation

Support Te Kupenga 2018 for our people

Beehive: Te Kupenga 2018 is an absolute  priority for our people so that our Coalition Government can be informed of what is happening in the Māori world, says the Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta.

NZ Sign Language Teachers Association welcome assistance

The New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association (NZSLTA) welcomes funding from the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Board to enable it to become a stronger organisation for NZSL tutors throughout New Zealand.


Why must schools be immune to innovation?

Marama Stewart, Principal Waiouru School: Former Auckland Grammar headmaster John Morris recently warned that ‘genuine education’ is in danger of being replaced by reforms amounting to ‘social engineering’.



Rāmere, te 15 o Pipiri

Growing need for mental health services at university putting students at risk

Universities say they are facing a “here-and-now tsunami of need that is not being met” by community and district health board services.

Low decile students aiming high

A cluster of low decile Northland schools is on track to outperform many higher decile schools around New Zealand through digital learning.

Human rights complaint laid after teacher sacked following HIV disclosure

A West Coast teacher fired four weeks after revealing her HIV positive status had laid a complaint with the Human Rights Commission.

Insulation jobs help refugees brush up their English

Former Myanmar refugees are learning new skills and English on the job with a Nelson insulation company.

Backlash, debate over North Shore schools’ rugby haka showdown

Two North Shore High School 1st XV rugby teams have divided sports fans after a video of their haka challenges went viral on Facebook.

Matamata College praised for ‘thought-provoking’ Shakespeare piece

A strong portrayal of a character commonly thought of as being weak has been applauded at a national competition.

Media releases

Future direction of early learning

MoE: A new survey launched today will contribute to developing the government’s 10-year Strategic Plan for Early Learning, says Nancy Bell, Director of Early Learning at the Ministry of Education. See also: Ministry requests input in future direction of early learning

Davis’ school conflicts raise serious questions

NZ National Party: National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says the extraordinary admission by Kelvin Davis that he will not answer questions regarding the impact of his Government’s policies on young Māori raises more serious questions about the Government’s handling of partnership schools.

New roof for Tairawhiti Museum (refers to LEOTC)

Gisborne District Council: Learning Outside of The Classroom museum education programmes will continue to be delivered to meet the targets set by Ministry of Education. This service is offered to all of the 65 schools in the region, with around 8600 participating students.

St Johns Hill School retains top Enviroschools status

Horizons Regional Council: HRC will be helping St Johns Hill School to celebrate retaining their Green Gold status for the Enviroschools programme, which is the highest achievable status, on Friday 15 June.


Put the humanity back into our education system

Lynne Bowyer and Deborah Stevens: The current dehumanising system locates “deficiencies” and “failure” in the young person, rather than in the systems that are imposed on the young person.

I’m a teacher who works in a hardware store

I completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education in the UK back in 2006 and I have had my qualifications assessed and recognised by the NZQA, allowing me to continue a teaching career in New Zealand.