Rāapa 28 o Whiringa ā rangi

Tongan student pleads: ‘Don’t make me a brown Palangi’

A Tongan Auckland high school student is issuing a plea to educators not to make her a “brown Palangi” – a brown-skinned person with European values. Foloiola Finau, a Year 13 student at Kia Aroha College in Ōtara, says education initiatives should aim not to “fix” Māori and Pasifika students who are seen as “failures”, but to fix “the whiteness of our education system”.

Exam student numbers low in Bay of Plenty for some subjects

Of the almost 9000 Bay of Plenty students taking NCEA exams this month, just one had to cram for tomorrow’s Level 1 Latin exam. Figures from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority showed the least popular subjects in 2018 in the Bay of Plenty were largely foreign languages.

Call for collaboration to help country’s most at-risk youth

A Northland youth services trust is calling for a more collaborative approach nationwide to effect social issues plaguing Māori youth. This comes as the cost revealed to service a single youth not engaged in education or training costs the taxpayer in excess of $250,000 annually.

Social service agencies dealing with ‘avalanche of traumatised children’

The White Ribbon riders on their staunch motorbikes have clocked the kms this week, travelling around the region with their message for men to stand up and say no to violence against women. Rachel Rose spoke with the agencies responding to domestic violence in Whanganui to find out how our community is doing and the changes that are coming.



‘A little bit of brown sugar on the pile of white bread’: an essay on Māori achievement

Wellington writer John-Paul Powley pulls together Parihaka, imperialism, capitalism, and catered lunches at education conferences in a searching essay on Māori achievement.

Media releases


Vital importance of protecting academic freedom

TEU: The Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa (TEU) has reiterated the vital importance of protecting academic freedom and the right of academics to conduct research and disseminate and publish the results.

$23 million to get more kids on bikes

NZGovt: Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter has announced that the NZ Transport Agency will provide $23 million over the next three years to expand the Bikes in Schools and cycle skills education to get more Kiwi kids on their bikes.

Nominations open for Teaching Council elections

NZGovt: Candidate nominations for seven members of the new Teaching Council Board are now open, with elections being held in March next year. “This is the first time, since the previous National Government stripped the rights off teachers,  they can once again directly elect members to their own professional and regulatory body,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.


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