Panui March 2015
Tena tatou katoa i runga i nga ahuahanga o te wa. He mihi nui he mihi aroha ano hoki ki a koutou katoa.
Greetings and compliments of the season to you all. My first newsletter for this term and lots has happened so far so I have two more newsletters to come this term as I attend meetings and can share information with you all.
MAORI ACHIEVEMENT COLLABORATIVE (MACs)
This is the brain child of Keri Milne-Ihimaera that was developed during robust discussions on the NZPF executive and supportive discussions with Te Akatea. Peter Witana initially drove this kaupapa that is now headed by Hoana Pearson. He mihi nui ki a koutou, nga tipua o te kaupapa nei.
This is a PLD project of five clusters of ten schools each. Feedback from facilitators around the country is that our Principal colleagues are lining up to be part of this kaupapa.
Executive member Leanne Otene and I have attended two MACs meetings and we are pleased to announce that Te Akatea and NZPF have decided on a Governance and Leadership model to be placed before Minister Hekia Parata this coming week.
Leanne and I are buoyed by the commitment of the facilitators and Principals that have participated and contributed to the success so far of MACs and we are developing procedures to ensure it's ongoing future.
The Overall aim of Te Ara Hou (MACS) is: A CHANGE IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF PRINCIPALS
It is guided by the overriding principles of: WHĀNAU AND WHANAUNGATANGA
(relationships, connections, commitments and responsibilities)
It encompasses and acts on values that are integral to its success. These are:
COURAGE, HONESTY, TRUST, RESPECT AND COMMITMENT
REVIEW OF MAORI LANGUAGE FUNDING
On Thursday the of February I attend the third meeting of the review of Maori language funding. This will be my second attendance. I am pleased to report on the commitment of the group to ensure that the future of Te Reo Maori. All of our discussions and future decisions will be underpinned by this commitment. This includes funding, staffing, curriculum, assessment, accountability and further reviews. Our Te Akatea executive will discuss the minutes from the nest review meeting and will develop a survey so we get the benefit of your knowledge, skills and experience in our thinking and contributions to this very important review.
I have indicated Google Hangout meetings as an executive on Monday the 23rd of February and a week later on Monday March the 2nd. Our first face to face meeting will be decided during these hangouts.
Not heard of Google hangout? It's similar to Skype and allows people to see and hear each other including in group situations. I have used this facility with Te Akatea executive as it keeps travel costs down and ensures that important kaupapa are discussed while we are able to stay at our schools.
Our executive secretary Leanne will get the minutes out on our website...there's an idea, feel free to forward events past and present onto our Te Akatea website and feel free to contribute to our Facebook page.
CROSS GROUP FORUM
I have been invited to this very important group. I will discuss our involvement with the rest of the executive.
Recently there was an article in the Dominion with regards to Principal stress and the number of our colleagues leaving the profession. The NZEI have also mentioned this take in their latest Principal to Principal update. From my executive and I, please ensure your work and life is balanced. I know Te Akatea exeuctive members and I have resurrected our old Bata Bullets and Adidas hooped legged, three striped track pants and gotten out to beat the feet, running, walking, kapa haka training, you name it we're trying to role model good health and so I urge you to do the same. In addition to this, surround yourself with colleagues you trust and ensure you listen hard and contribute wisely.
TE AKATEA CONFERENCE
This year it's being run by Aka Tamaki. This is going to be huge! The dates are the 9th – 11th of September. The kaupapa: Our Children, Our Treasure, Our Future! The Rendezvouz Grand Hotel. Start planning now.This could be part of your stress release programme...
TE AKATEA EXECUTIVE ELECTIONS
It's election time for the executive. Leanne Otene will forward details later this term.
A reminder about our website www.teakatea.co.nz that has the contact details of our current executive or join us on Facebook by searching for Te Akatea.
Heoi ano, kia pai te wahanaga ako tuatahi nei.