Kia ora whānau,
Tena koutou i o tātou tini mate, koutou kua wheturangitia ki te korowai o Ranginui, haere, haere, haere. Haere ki te wa kainga, haere ki te kainga tuturu o tō tātou Matua i te rangi. Haere, haere, haere atu ra.
The events earlier this year in Otautahi have left an indelible mark on the Muslim community, on the people of Otautahi and the people of Aotearoa. This cowardly and disgraceful act will not define us and I am so proud of our people who have been so quick to be the ones to state to our Muslim brothers and sisters that you are very welcome here while racist bigots are not.
It does highlight a major issue for our country and that is while the majority of our people are loving, supportive and caring we have racists simmering under the surface. I received a call from a former student of mine who wanted some advice on how to help a friend, who is a mother of a boy, who along with some of his brown skin friends are being kept in at break times by a white, overseas trained teacher to complete homework. But the white students who had also not done the homework were allowed out because she trusts them to do it.
Our kids are telling us their teachers are racist and we have to support them and enable them to challenge racism when they see it.
The recent release of the Budget and the specific focus on the recently announced funding for Te Hurihanganui, the revitalised Te Kotahitanga project, has shown this government’s willingness to address the issue of racism in our schools however we still need to find a way to allow parents and students identify racist teachers and call them out in a way that protects them from further abuse.
Last week I was at a hui with the leaders of many of the Māori educational organisations from early childhood through to tertiary and including a representative of the Iwi Matauranga committee. In it we have again discussed the need to push for a parallel system for Rangai Māori Level 1 immersion (Kohanga, Puna Reo, Kura Aho Matua, Kura a Iwi, Rumaki Reo, Wharekura). For us it is a no brainer and we are hopeful that this will become policy. Our goal is 30% of our Māori tamariki in Rangai Māori by 2032.
It will require a huge shift in numbers but with a dedicated plan to do this we will get there.
Tomorrow’s Schools Report
Following on from that we are also waiting with bated breath for the release of the Tomorrow’s Schools report that is due out soon. This will have an impact on our landscape. I am sure there will be things that we do not want or like in there but we will also have to find the things that are good and keep those, while trying to reject the koretake stuff.
Te Akatea did make a submission on this Review and some of the key points in there were about Tino Rangatiratanga, about ensuring that our whānau on school boards were retained and that the level of Learning Support for Māori tamariki is increased.
Te Akatea Conference 2019
We are excited to finally have the registration page up and the speaker list is outstanding. This is going to be another awesome conference so please don’t miss out. Well being is at the top of the agenda across the country so tell your Board that you need to attend this conference for your Wairua and your Well Being. That is really what this is all about. We have a need to be alongside other Māori educators who know what it is like to be a Māori Educational leader in this country.
Conference registrations on our website
U1 – 3 Member $500.00
U1 – 3 Non Member $700.00
U4 + Member $700.00
U4 + Non Member $900.00
Day Delegate Only Member $250.00
Day Delegate Only Non Member $300.00
4th Delegate from your School – FREE!
You can see that it pays to be a member so sign up now as a Full Member or as an Associate Member. ($150)
A reminder that on the Tuesday night before conference we are having our annual Ricoh Happy Hour where our amazing business partners Ricoh NZ put on drinks and nibbles so we can have the opportunity to reconnect with each other before the serious stuff starts. The guitars will come out and we will do what we do well and that is waiata and hove a lot of fun.
Te Ara Hou
Maori Achievement Collaborative (MAC)
We have recently renegotiated this contract with the MOE and we are about to open this up to more areas across the country. I know that many of you as Māori will ask what it in it for me but as a Māori Tumuaki in a 100% Māori Kura I can tell you from personal experience that you gain a huge amount. Particularly when it comes to challenging the colonialist systems that we have inherited in our school. It gives you the knowledge and power to challenge the likes of MOE and ERO from a Māori perspective with evidence and support. If you have not already contacted Hoana about joining a MAC roopu her details are listed below.
Finally from me we have our elections coming up soon. Nomination forms are being sent out very shortly so look out for them. I do know that all the current executive are interested in standing however that does not mean that you shouldn’t. We have 9 positions on our executive so if you are keen and can commit to time out of your kura to be a part of our executive then get someone to nominate you. It is rewarding!
Nominations can only be from paid up members so please ensure that whoever nominates you is a Full Member who has paid this years fees.
Te Kura o Otangarei
Te Akatea website
Our new look website is now LIVE!
This website page is designed to be your one stop, go to page, for information or contacts related to Te Akatea and your membership.
Visit our page today and let us know what you want added, or linked to our website.
We have moved our registration system to the new website and away from the Google Form system. This will allow immediate response to your registration application as you will receive an email almost immediately after you have submitted your application.
Invoices will then be generated and sent to your email address for you to forward to your accounts team for payment. If you have any suggestions to update this system can you please email Dana [email protected]
2019 Te Akatea Conference
Term 3 Week 5 21st August 2019
Mark this date in your calendars. Our Aka members in Manawatu are organising the conference, supported by our Te Akatea Executive. More information will follow after our Executive hui this week.
Māori Achievement Collaborative
PLD available to support you – have you applied yet?
For further information or an application pack please contact Hoana Pearson (Te Pitau Mātauranga – National MAC Coordinator) [email protected] or phone 0210664152.
Te Akatea AGM
The Te Akatea AGM will be held on Friday the 23rd of August. This will be during the Te Akatea Conference so please attend.
NZEI National leadership group (NLG)
Our March meeting focus were
- Our responsibility for shaping the future.
- Tomorrow’s Schools review (and video),
- ECE 10-year strategic plan, and
- Disability and Learning Support Action Plan
Members will be voting on the current offer(s) and it is important that your vote is made.
The negotiations rōpū have worked hard to gain movement towards aspects identified and although not all of these will be realised in full.
Whatever the outcome of the ballots the negotiating team and NLG are committed to improved workload, wellbeing and classroom support for all our members.
Meralyn Te Hira
Nga mihi e te Whanau. I am very pleased to be back from study leave in 2018 and ready to be part of this very important mahi, advocating and fighting for the Maori voice to be heard on Ministry panels, Education Council and many more reviews and hui. I am in the very honoured position of being Tumuaki at Kereru Park Campus in Papakura, Tamaki Makaurau. There are so many awesome things about living in Tamaki Makaurau and we are current looking at developing a Culturally Sustainable Curriculum that reflects our 85% Maori roll. We do have a lot of hard working whanau that still can not make ends meat and we are proud of the mahi we do to support whanau in variety of ways. The achievements we have accomplished in part is due to being part of Te Akatea and having amazing, hard working and experienced Tumuaki available at the end of the phone in times of need. I look forward to meeting you all in the future.
“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini”
Kereru Park Campus
Te Akatea will be a voice for positive influence on improved Māori Education.
- Increase our Te Akatea members to 350 by 2018.
- Increase the number of Regional Aka across the motu from 10 2017, to 15 in 2018, to 18 in 2019
- Contribute to national / local seminars or workshops including NZPF, PPTA and SPANZ, Education Council, MOE, Consultative Groups etc
Te Akatea will provide professional leadership to support the professional and personal well-being of Māori Principals.
- Working relationship with Sector organisations (i.e NZPF, Kura-a-iwi, Kura Kaupapa Maori) – co-ordinated support of Māori Principals.
- Organise Conferences incorporating Hauora concepts/issues
- Build the next generation of Māori Principals & Educational Leadership
Te Akatea will advocate cultural awareness and practices.
- Advocating for maintaining and strengthening the Maori Achievement Collaborative PLP Initiative beyond 2017
- Unwavering advocacy for the building and inclusion of cultural competency and intelligence for all educators.
- Promote Cultural Capability through Leadership with a scholarship of $2500 per annum towards members tertiary/sabbatical studies with in depth study in te reo me ōna tikanga.
- Our website includes ‘cultural advocacy’ tab updated each term with current web links / readings / resources.