Rāapa 12 o Hakihea Wednesday 12 December

My year in review: Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education

Chris Hipkins speaks to EducationHQ about his thoughts on the year that was 2018.

Excellence in teaching awards

Yolande Franke, principal of Howick Intermediate School is one of the 15 inspirational educators nominated from 2000 applications for the Australian Scholarship Grant (ASG) National Excellence in Teaching Award.

800 overseas teachers ready for schools to hire for 2019, Ministry of Education says

On Wednesday morning, the ministry claimed it had received more than 5800 applications from overseas teachers to work in New Zealand, “with hundreds currently making their way through the recruitment pipeline”. That is about 2800 more applications than in mid-November. Schools have hired 150 overseas applicants through ministry recruitment agents – 50 more than last month.

DXC Technology launches programme to help people on the autism spectrum build ICT careers

The launch of the DXC Dandelion Programme in New Zealand is critical given the constant evolution, change and demand for new talent in the IT industry.

Labour will support National bill on language classes at primary school

National Party education spokeswoman Nikki Kaye has won Labour’s support for her second-language bill.

NZ First will be the only party in Parliament to oppose National’s ‘own’ language policy

New Zealand First will be the only party in Parliament to oppose legislation which would promote teaching children a second language in school.

Trips to Canada, South Korea, Gold Coast and Hawaii catch Auditor-General’s attention

Schools are forking out tens of thousands of dollars on overseas school trips despite the Office of the Auditor-General warning they breached Ministry of Education guidelines.

More than 60 schools broke laws and regulations – auditor

More than 60 schools broke laws and regulations last year, and a further 44 had such bad financial problems the Education Ministry had to promise to underwrite them, an auditor report has revealed.

Pepper the robot takes MPs’ questions

Pepper the Robot made history today as it took its place before MPs to answer questions about preparing children for the fourth industrial revolution. The robot, “a resident” of Middlesex University, was even given a name label on the desk as it fielded questions from members of the Commons education select committee.



Carol Anderson: How the education reform proposals might affect schools, trustees and parents

The report by the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Task Force has been described as “a major shake-up” to the administration and governance of schools. The proposed changes could have some real benefits for school trustees and principals.

Media releases


Minister wants ‘wider discussion’ on proposed schooling changes

NZGovt: The Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce is proposing significant changes to the way our schools are run, governed, and managed to ensure every student receives the best quality education in future, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

New appointments to Tertiary Education Commission Board

NZGovt: Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced two appointments to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Board. Former CPIT Board Chair Jenn Bestwick and Vivien Bridgwater, formerly of AUT and Auckland’s regional economic growth agency, ATEED, have each been appointed for three-year terms.




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