Rāapa 12 o Mahuru

Te reo: schools try hard, but fragile

A new report says schools are trying hard with te reo but their successes are “fragile” – often depending on a single Maori teacher and liable to collapse if that person leaves.

Whanau a mainstay of reo Maori success at schools

A new report says the success of te reo Maori at schools is falling heavily on the shoulders of whanau, and the Government should be doing more.

Reo policies fall short

The Council for Education Research Te Wahanga has thrown a reality check on Maori Language Week with a critical report on resourcing the reo revival.

Resourcing and teacher shortage could impact on plans for more te reo in schools

Both Labour and the Greens want more te reo Māori taught in schools, yet a high-ranking minister concedes finding specialist teachers will be a struggle.

Pākeha teacher champions te reo Māori in her Wellington classroom

Wellington teacher Kate Gallagher is a strong advocate of te reo Māori, believing the language’s continual use will ultimately benefit her young students.

Teacher keeping kapa haka alive at Christchurch school

A bilingual class at one of Christchurch’s newest schools has children and parents signing up to learn te reo Māori.

Teaching becoming a less and less attractive profession, principals association president says

A survey of 700 primary and intermediate principals has found that “dire” teaching situation is already affecting learning, the teachers’ union says.

‘Like a red flag to a bull’: Principals criticise new pay offers

An Auckland principal has labelled the Ministry of Education’s new collective agreement deals put before primary school educators as a “slap in the face”.

See also: Ministry makes new collective agreement offer to primary educators

Maori make up less than 5 percent of academic workforce

Maori academics are few and far between with the latest figures showing Maori make up less than five percent of all university academics in New Zealand.

Increase in struggling university students accessing hardship funds

More university students are struggling to pay the bills despite extra financial assistance from the Government.

Ministry of Education officials probe claims Palmerston North centre misspent public money

A probe into Power Up spending at Malamalama Moni A’oga Amata EFKS is almost complete.

Descendants of original landowners demand Hato Pētera College be returned

The final bell has rung for Hato Pētera College in Auckland, sparking renewed calls from descendents of the original landowners for the land to be returned.

Media releases

Camilla Highfield: NCEA review should ask some basic questions

With educational organisations all over New Zealand making submissions on the review of NCEA, we have a rare opportunity to look deeply at our education system and ask what we’re really trying to achieve when we assess student work, and if what we are teaching them is even worth assessing.

Greens: Education Amendment Bill must protect student voice

Green Party education spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick will be moving to amend the Education Amendment Bill to ensure students get a stronger say in how our universities are run.

Schools urged to take up ASB St John in Schools

ASB Hato Hōne i rō Kura te reo curriculum launches this week, supported by ACC, and St John is seeking kura kaupapa and kōhanga reo to take up the in-school first aid training.

PGF funding to help establish forestry school

Beehive: The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will provide just over $300,000 to pilot a forestry training course as a solution to the growing forestry skills shortage, Regional Economic Development and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today.