Rāapa 19 o Mahuru

Focus on mental health education in schools after ‘concerning’ health survey

A global survey of 15,000 people, conducted by Cigna Insurance, has revealed just half of New Zealanders feel they can take care of their children’s health and wellbeing, with even fewer reporting being able to meet their educational needs.

Chris Hipkins moves to appoint commissioner to two Wellington-based polytechnics

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has set in motion the appointment of a commissioner to Wellington-based polytechnics Whitireia and WelTec to address “financial woes”.

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Support Workers ratify pay equity settlement for education

NZEI: NZEI Te Riu Roa is pleased to announce on Suffrage Day, the ratification of the pay equity settlement for 329 Education Support Workers who work for the Ministry of Education.

Teachers to be given a stronger voice with passing of Bill

NZGovt: The Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Bill has passed its final reading today, restoring the voice of teachers on their own professional body, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

Proposal to increase Export Education Levy

NZGovt: The Ministry of Education is looking at options to make the Export Education Levy (EEL) fund more sustainable to protect New Zealand’s reputation as a study destination, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

Kua whakatū anō a Robin Hapi ki Te Mātāwai

NZGovt: Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta is pleased to reappoint Mr Robin Hapi CNZM (Ngāti Kahungunu) to the Board of Te Mātāwai.





Rāhina 17 o Mahuru

Six of New Zealand’s worst performing schools placed in secret ‘turnaround’ pilot programme

It aims to provide urgent, customised interventions in schools where a “perfect storm” of poor leadership, teaching and student achievement has persisted for at least three official review terms, or at schools in “a rapid state of decline”.

Learning in a Maori way

As a young Maori woman, I have experienced both mainstream and kura kaupapa education. School is often a difficult and confusing time for me.

Want to be a doctor, lawyer or engineer? Don’t grow up poor

Want to be rich? Don’t be born poor. Only one in 100 entrants to our elite university courses come from the most deprived homes, a Weekend Herald investigation has found.

Nicholas Tampio: children need to learn in the real world, not the virtual one

From Saturday Morning with Kim Hill on RNZ National.

Clothes, beds, rent money: What teachers give their students

Ninety children clamour around the lunch tables at Alfriston College in Manukau, eager for the hot meal that’s served every Wednesday. By 1.30pm, 180 students will have been fed.

Whangārei principal Pat Newman says child restraint rules are ‘PC gone mad’

The Te Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association president and Hora Hora Primary School principal is talking about child restraint guidelines which were introduced last year.

Top teaching awards go to Auckland academics

Two University of Auckland academics have won prestigious national teaching awards. Associate Professors Dr Christine Woods and Dr Mānuka Hēnare…

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Building the best education system in the world

Beehive: The Government has set an ambitious goal of building the best education system in the world, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.

New campaign to attract te reo Māori teachers

MoE: Ka whakaaturia tētahi pānuitanga reo Māori hou i runga pouaka whakaata i tēnei wiki. Ko tāna he whai kia tokomaha ake ngā kaiako e hiahiatia ana i Aotearoa nei, mā ngā kōrero tūturu mō ngā āhutanga e hihiri ai ngā kaiako, e whaihua ai hoki tā rātou mahi.

Launch of Tapasā to help teachers

Beehive: Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa has today launched a cultural competency tool for teachers working with Pacific learners at Otahuhu Primary School in South Auckland.

te reo Maori should be taught at primary school

StatisticsNZ, See also: Kia ora koutou Mo te wiki ō te reo Māori! The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW).


Kiwis be warned: the global jobs market demands polyglots

Simon Draper: Learning foreign languages in school is now essential if we want out children to be able to compete in the global jobs market.

How the Irish have embraced compulsory language learning

Kristin Hall: Our government wants to see one million Kiwis speaking te reo Māori by 2040. It’s an admirable goal, and long overdue given that everyone would still be speaking it if it wasn’t for a gang of jodhpur-wearing whiteys with guns.

Teaching our kids about finance, in any language

Banquer: All Kiwi kids deserve to be taught financial education in a way that works for them, Kendall Flutely writes.

Rāmere 14 o Mahuru

Carlton School principal frustrated about lack of support from Ministry of Education to promote te reo curriculum

A Whanganui primary school principal says Education Minister Chris Hipkins needs to put his money where his mouth is. See also: Te reo Māori on the airwaves at Te Akau ki Papamoa Primary School and Every week is Te Wiki o te Reo at Maraenui Bilingual School

Do we need to make te reo Māori compulsory?

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) has advocated moving away from the word “compulsory” when discussing te reo Māori in schools, and Davis agrees it has negative connotations. See also: Māori Language Week 2018: Shortage of Māori language teachers ‘only going to get worse’ and Should learning an Indigenous language be compulsory at school? and ‘Maori is endangered’

Govt plans elite mātauranga Māori school for youth

An elite Māori language school to be piloted in 2020 will invest in youth excelling in te ao Māori.

History teacher: Students say NZ Wars ‘too boring’

Students born overseas are more interested in maths and science than New Zealand’s past, a history teacher says. See also: Calls to make NZ Wars compulsory learning fails to find favour with Education Minister


Students at all-girls school in Southland protest absence of trades classes

Female students are calling for trades classes to be offered at their Southland all-girls school.

Call for St Bede’s College rector to resign after teacher who confessed sex abuse continued working

A man who was sexually abused by a former teacher of a Christchurch catholic school is calling for its rector to resign after he allowed the confessed offender to continue teaching.

Latest teacher and principal pay offer doesn’t impress


Primary school teachers may reject the Ministry of Education’s latest collective agreement offer. See also: New pay offer on the table for primary school teachers


Why do we keep getting sexuality education in schools so wrong?

NZ Family Planning: The Education Review Office (ERO) has released a new report on sexuality education in New Zealand primary and secondary schools. See also: Porn needs to be discussed with young people as it’s their primary sex education

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Cohort entry to stay for children five years and over

Beehive: Legislation for grouped (cohort) entry into schools for children aged five and over has been introduced in Parliament today, as signalled earlier this year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

Minister’s changes put children at risk

National Party: The Education Minister must reconsider the Government’s industrial law changes which threaten to disrupt early childhood education services and may put children at risk, National’s spokesperson for Early Childhood Education Nicola Willis says.

Beehive: Funding for South Island schools

$4 million for Sara Cohen School in Dunedin and $10m redevelopment for Oxford Area School and $8 million for other South Island schools


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.

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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.



Rāhina 10 o Mahuru

Māori Language Week 2018: Taking on the wero of learning te reo in adulthood

I had been thinking about taking on the wero (challenge) of learning it for at least three years but the time never felt right. I wondered how I was going to fit classes and revision around my full-time job and family commitments. But in hindsight, I was probably held back by my fear of failure, worried that I might not be able to do it or that I would get it wrong if I tried.

Why the Government could face legal challenges over te reo Māori

A High Court ruling last year overturned a Family Court decision to ban girl from Māori language education. That could have wider impacts now.

Māori a ‘core subject’ by 2025

“I want people to celebrate that as a country we are unique, and we’re proud because we always punch above our weight – and that the language is a clear identifier of our unique personality and characteristics. “The Government’s longer-term goal is 1 million Kiwis speaking basic Te Reo by 2040. Making it a core subject will go a long way towards that, Ms Mahuta says.

Green Party zero in on making te reo Māori compulsory in schools

The Greens are on a mission to sway their coalition partners in favour of te reo Māori as a core curriculum subject by 2025.

Primary school leaders showing symptoms of PTSD, NZEI survey finds

More than a third of primary school leaders taking part in an annual health and wellness survey are showing “significant degrees of distress”, primary teachers’ union NZEI Te Riu Roa says.

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Teenagers love tax, and other surprises from school money lessons

“The appeal has been wider than I thought,” said Duston, a former EY accountant, but now commerce teacher at St Cuthbert’s College in Epsom, Auckland. “I thought it would be used for commerce classes, but it turns out maths teachers are interested, and so are a lot of adults like my dentist.”

Research shows how apps enhance learning in primary mathematics

A research project in primary schools shows how teachers can use apps to enhance student learning in mathematics. The findings are encouraging both for teachers already using apps as part of their mathematics teaching and those who have yet to experiment with them.

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New appointments to the Education New Zealand Board

NZGovt: Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced four appointments to the Education New Zealand Board.

Ethnic communities to have their say on future of education

NZGovt: Minister for Ethnic Communities and Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa is joining ethnic communities at a series of public meetings in Auckland to hear their views on education.



What’s the point in learning te reo Māori, a language spoken only in New Zealand?

You might not think you can speak te reo Māori, but chances are you understand more thank you think, thanks to Kiwis’ tendency to borrow words.

Rāmere 7 o Mahuru

Relief teacher supply hits ‘critical low’, agency contracted to Ministry of Education tells schools

A relief teacher agency has told schools it can no longer meet all their requests for relievers for the first time in its history.

Stoush over Bible lessons in state schools heads to the High Court

Now, the Secular Education Network‘s Tanya Jacob and David Hines are leading a case against the Government, challenging sections 78 and 79 of the Education Act 1964, on the basis “they are inconsistent with the 1993 Human Rights Act.

What will the Wellbeing Budget change?

It’s an exciting time for Edward Diener. One of the world’s foremost exports on wellbeing, he’s come to New Zealand to deliver the keynote address at a conference hosted at Victoria University.

At the beginning of his career, his ideas about the measurement and promotion of happiness were written off as economic madness — now they’re part of a body of research that will form the framework of future New Zealand Budgets, beginning with Grant Robertson’s 2019 “Wellbeing Budget”.

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NZ to provide $9m support for Pacific education

NZGovt: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today announced a $9 million package to make it easier for Pacific students to access education. “Pacific governments face significant challenges in delivering joined-up education services over a vast geographic area,” Jacinda Ardern said.

Languages advocates back Nikki Kaye’s languages bill

COMET: Auckland languages advocates are calling on MPs from all parties to send Nikki Kaye’s private member’s bill on languages in education to a select committee for wide public debate.

How do we grow success for Pacific Learners in Tertiary?

PTEF: ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ is the theme for this year’s national Pacific Tertiary Education Forum, to be held in Wellington on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September.

New online tool aims to bolster Pacific learner success

PTEF: This week, Ako Aotearoa launched the Pacific Cultural Centeredness Pathway (PCCP) at the Pacific Tertiary Education Forum in Wellington. This free, online tool offers a great springboard for teachers and support staff to gain the cultural knowledge to enhance how they support their Pacific learners.



Seven ways to celebrate Te Wiki o te reo Māori

Sarah Moore is taking part in a 12-week te reo course in an effort to show her irāmutu (niece) her whole family values her Māori heritage. This is her eighth column.





Rāapa 5 o Mahuru

Teacher shortage hits just over half of NZ primary schools

survey by the NZ Educational Institute (NZEI) has found that 30 per cent of primary school principals say there are no suitable applicants for the jobs they need to fill.

2017 school leavers’ NCEA outcomes remain strong

“Both Māori and Pacific school leavers’ achievement of NCEA level 2 or higher increased slightly, against the overall trend which saw a slight downturn,” Dr Craig Jones, Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Education.

Jobs tempt more young Kiwis into leaving school without University Entrance

More young New Zealanders are quitting school early, as a buoyant job market tempts them straight into work without completing Year 13.

Standing up for Te Reo Māori – Reflections from founding member of the Te Reo Māori Society.

When the Te Reo Māori Society gathered support for the Māori Language Petition they faced threats of violence, people set their dogs upon them, and they were pushed and shoved.

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Is the education system failing our boys?

Association of Boys’ Schools: Is New Zealand’s education system failing our boys? – New study reveals single sex schools provide a significant advantage for boys in New Zealand.

Pacific people want to see more of their culture and values in education

NZGovt: Pacific people want to be valued and see more of their culture and identity reflected in New Zealand’s education system, says Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa, who has just concluded a series of pan-Pacific Education fono across the country.