Rāapa 13 o Hui-tanguru

Major announcement on future of New Zealand’s polytechnics expected

A major announcement regarding the future of New Zealand’s polytechnics is expected this afternoon. Education Minister Chris Hipkins says several institutions are on borrowed time.

Former Wintec chair says taxpayers got value for money

Wintec’s new boss, who was on big spending trips to Asia with former CEO Mark Flowers, won’t explain where taxpayers’ money was spent.

Government, Opposition react to Wintec reports

Education Minister Chris Hipkins said Wintec needs to urgently review its policies and systems in the wake of findings by Audit New Zealand and Simon Mount QC.

Pūhoro, a popular academic programme for Māori, will run out of funding in April

An academic programme with hundreds of Māori high school students on its books and hundreds more on a waiting list will run out of funding in April.

Linguistic app Drops introduces te reo Māori to world audience

International linguistic app Drops has entered the growing New Zealand market for te reo Māori language tools. Drops allows users to match an image and the corresponding word in Māori with a swipe of their finger.

When machine learning, Twitter and te reo merge – The Bay’s News First

Researchers have whittled down a massive 8 million tweets, to a more manageable 1.3 million to look at how te reo Maori is being used in the genre.

Victoria University not yet ready to give up the name change fight

The government last year blocked Victoria University of Wellington’s bid to change its name, however the university appears to not be ruling out ploughing ahead with the divisive plan.



‘On the job’ learning for new teachers a disservice to them and students

I was very excited to see the outcomes of Bali Haque’s Tomorrow’s Schools Review. It is insightful, clear, and I think, largely correct. I hope we have the courage to implement the review’s recommendations – all bar one.

I don’t believe that school-based teacher preparation pathways will improve the quality of new teachers, and believe it will have a raft of unfortunate consequences for schools and their learners.

Media releases


Ako Aotearoa to use Open Polytechnic’s iQualify

Open Polytechnic: Ako Aotearoa, delivers professional learning development opportunities to New Zealand’s tertiary teachers, trainers and educators. It has signed an agreement to use the Open Polytechnic’s iQualify learning platform for their course delivery.

Qualified Teachers Help Ensure Quality for Young Children

Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens: Parents wanting quality early childhood education for their children should look for services that have 100 percent qualified teachers, says one of the country’s largest Kindergarten Associations.



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