Rāhina 30 o Hongongoi

NCEA online programme gets $8 million

The programme that gives schools the option of running NCEA exams online will receive an additional $8 million for the 2018 and 2019 school years, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

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.

Teachers win bright spots award for programme that pushes STEM subjects

A group of Taupō teachers have developed a pilot programme to encourage young students to enrol in subjects that will help them fill gaps in the job market.

National leader Simon Bridges focuses on education, crime and beneficiaries in annual conference speech

National Party leader Simon Bridges has committed to bolstering the number of primary school teachers and to pay them more, but any detailed policy in this area is still two years away.

Google and Disney join rush to cash in as Māori goes mainstream

Te reo is undergoing a revival in New Zealand, with jam-packed classes and waiting lists now common. Māori language teachers from Auckland in the North Island to Dunedin and Invercargill in the South say they are unable to meet demand for their services and free classes routinely draw hundreds of students.

Call to end discrimination against Māori principals by their non-Māori counterparts

The principal of a Kawerau Māori medium school says it’s time to end unconscious bias and racism towards Māori principals by their non-Māori counterparts.

Media releases


Education Minister’s comment on National’s class size u-turn

NZGovt: “After nine years refusing to fund education properly, the National opposition’s u-turn on class sizes and early childhood quality is just not believable,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

Be proud of your language and protect its future

NZGovt: “Be proud of your language and protect its future” is the theme of this year’s Cook Islands Language Week.

Māori culture leadership programme leaves lasting impression

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development: The Rukuhia Global Leadership Programme has attracted 141 tertiary level international students from 28 education institutes from around Auckland.



Let’s be brutally honest about Charter Schools and Māori shall we?

Charter Schools always seemed to be a solution searching for a problem.





Rāmere 27 o Hongongoi

Teachers call for NZ history curriculum improvement

A teacher in Whanganui says she was shocked when she heard another teacher tell his class that Maori were lucky the British didn’t wipe them out.

Plans to build a bilingual New Zealand a ‘bold step’

Kelvin Davis has ambitious plans for a bilingual Aotearoa, but one expert says that future isn’t possible unless non-Māori get on board.



NCEA changes aren’t reducing stress, they’re increasing it

Dropping the bar at NCEA Level One from 80 credits to 40 isn’t doing anything apart from giving students a sense of false confidence.

The ‘could-do-better’ workshops reshaping NCEA

It was seen as the answer to the end-of-year stress of the school certificate, but has NCEA itself become too stressful?

Our youth are financially illiterate

The financial risks surrounding youth cannot be understated given at the tender age of 18, when many have left school, the options of debt become readily available.

Media Releases


School leaders report high levels of violence

NZEI: Senior primary school leaders are reporting high levels of violence in their schools, with 38% experiencing threats of violence in 2017, and 41% being subjected to actual physical violence.

Funding round open for projects targeted at international student wellbeing

NZGovt: Funding of $750,000 will be targeted at projects aimed at supporting the wellbeing of international students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced.


Rāapa 25 o Hongongoi

Falling out of love with NCEA as stresses mount on New Zealand students

New Zealand students have the highest rates of anxiety around exams of any country in the OECD, it’s been claimed. Should the NCEA be changed?

‘That’s not the type of education system I want’ –Minister defends official end to NZ’s charter schools

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced six of NZ’s existing charter schools will become designated character schools.

Nine charter schools to survive, but three in limbo

Nine charter schools look set to survive after winning ministerial approval to convert to state or integrated schools, but three others have been left waiting for a decision.

Reo experts begin work on govt’s Māori education programmes

A one-off think tank between Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis and 12 Māori Language experts has taken place as part of government’s wider policy to make te reo universally available by 2025.

Māori heading back to school to learn te reo in large numbers

In the last four years, 1400 more Māori have enrolled at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, the largest Māori tertiary provider.

Trade option good fit for many Maori

The chance to earn while you learn is drawing many young people to the trades rather than other forms of tertiary education.



NCEA is fixing the wrong thing

I’m in my final year of NCEA, currently taking level three in Year 13. Over the last four years, I have taken a range of different subjects at NCEA so I feel I know the system pretty well.

Let’s not pass the buck on Pasifika education

The responsibility of Pasifika students shouldn’t fall on the schooling sector alone – their success is everyone’s responsibility, writes Dr Cherie Chu.

Kate Hawkesby: Latest idea for school – ‘play-based’ learning

Should we as parents be nervous about what sort of education our kids are getting? It’s a topsy turvy time, that’s for sure. The axing of National Standards, the review of NCEA, open plan classrooms versus closed ones, an ongoing teacher shortage, strikes looming.






Rāhina 23 o Hongongoi

New Zealand educators to vote on pushing strike to full day to send ‘strongest possible message’

The teachers union NZEI Te Riu Roa members said earlier this month they would stop work from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on August 15, after the Government refused their pay demands. This week they will vote on whether to extend it to a full day.

Are modern learning environments working in our schools?

Modern learning environments are exacerbating challenging student behaviour, some families of autistic children fear.

Māori language resources underfunded

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has agreed to review the level of funding for te reo Māori resources in response to cries for better resourcing from Puna Reo operators.




Rāmere 20 o Hongongoi

Early childhood centres facing impacts of growing drug use, overcrowded homes

Early childcare services expressed concerns to the Ministry of Education about growing drug use within their communities, and said overcrowded homes were a “relatively new phenomenon” impacting the education of New Zealand’s most vulnerable.

Out of class factors key to pass rates

The Tertiary Education Commission is telling institutions to improve the results for their Māori and Pasifika students or lose their funding.

Deputy chief executive Paora Ammunson says there is a 20 percent gap in completion of level seven and above degrees, between Māori and Pacific folk and other New Zealanders.

Maori lag in workforce equity

Young Māori and Pasifika women and young Pasifika men are some of the most marginalised in the workforce, according to a report from the Human Rights Commission.

Recently released reports


First report on the Education Conversation

The Ministry of Education has now completed its first report on the main themes for the Education Conversation from 11,000 responses.

Growing up in New Zealand

Most Kiwi preschoolers are ready to start school and settle relatively quickly, according to the latest findings of the Growing Up in New Zealand  study.

NZCER mentions


Investing in success

BCITO would like to have a better way of predicting success. With this in mind, we have entered an agreement with the NZ Council for Educational Research (NZCER) who will undertake a two-year study that examines the factors that underlie success and failure for our apprentices.











Rāapa 18 o Hongongoi

Tertiary sector warned to improve Māori, Pasifika outcomes

Tertiary institutions could lose funding if they fail to show the Tertiary Education Commission how they will improve enrolment and pass rates for Maori and Pasifika students.

At least 12 new schools planned for growing Auckland

Auckland will get at least 12 new schools in the next 12 years to cope with the region’s fast-growing population.

Whakatāne institute to lead analysis of Māori language study

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi will lead the analysis of a study of the Māori language extracted from the internationally recognised longitudinal study, Growing Up In New Zealand.



Rāhina 16 o Hongongoi

Māori and Pasifika related racism at work concerning: survey

Dozens of Māori and Pasifika primary school leaders have reported experiencing racial discrimination at work, according to a new survey.


Media Releases


Funding focuses on innovative teaching strategies

NZGovt: Education Minister Chris Hipkins congratulated the 25 schools and early learning services getting a total of $1.78 million in the latest round of the $18 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF).




Something is rotten in the state of our schools

Alison Mau: A Cabinet paper shows that the look of school buildings and their grounds, could be affecting enrolments much more than previously suspected. The better the look, the bigger the roll – the ugly duckling schools are being passed over before the cut of their teaching cloth is even able to be tested.

China starts to hit back

Richard Harman: Education Minister Chris Hipkins has travelled to Beijing this weekend with a message to reassure the Chinese that New Zealand still wants a good relationship with them.