Pānui 3 – 2019

Te Akatea Vision:

Enhancing the educational opportunities of all Māori learners

Te Akatea Vision Statement:

Ka tū ai Te Akatea ki te whakawhānaunga, manaaki, whakapakari hoki i ngā tumuaki Māori me ngā kaiwhakahaere matua o ngā kura tuatahi, tuarua hoki.

President’s Kōrero

Kia ora whānau,

As we begin to wind up for the end of the year I am reminded how vulnerable we are. The workload, the additional stuff we have to do to enhance the vibrant culture of our schools, dealing with staff, students, whanau, BOT, Ministry and all the myriad of other external support people and agencies. All of that sits on our shoulders and if we make a mistake, often through the generosity we give to others, we can be hung, drawn and quartered.

Nobody else knows the pressure of being a principal except another principal and nobody knows what it is like being a Māori Principal except another Māori Principal. It is for that reason that we are looking at ways that we can provide mentoring and coaching support for one another.

Stacey Honeywill has been a part of our executive for some time now and has just accepted the position of Te Akatea Treasurer. Welcome to the new position Stacey and thank you for your ongoing support in what Te Akatea are striving to achieve.

I would also like to thank my amazing colleagues who sit on this executive. You inspire me and the support you give me is outstanding. I have some very talented principals sitting alongside me.

I am very proud of the work that we have done on behalf of Māori Tumuaki and our Māori  tamariki this year. We have been active in so many forums and reviews. We have been advocating for a better system for all Māori and we have worked hard to increase the mana and profile of Te Akatea. It was shared with me not long ago that in many of those hui, when I speak, they listen and that is the impact that we have when we work with the Ministry and our other Māori sector leaders. We are having an impact in a big way.

There are a number of pieces of work that will be shared with you early next year and the opportunity to still have input into them throughout 2020. The Tomorrow’s School’s report has some very positive outcomes for Māori including an “Autonomous Governing Body for Māori Medium”. Manawhenua representation on Boards will need to be fought for as that is not set in concrete.

The Rangai Māori Draft report for Full Immersion Māori Medium will be released next year showing the government’s position on Level 1 Māori Medium.

I would like to wish you a very peaceful and relaxing summer break.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Myles Ferris
Te Kura o Otangarei

Kaupapa Kōrero

Te Akatea website

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2020 Te Akatea Conference

Term 3 Week 5 21st August 2020
Tāmaki Makaurau

Our conference will be held at the Vodafone Events Conference Centre in Manukau City.  Pōwhiri will be held at Manurewa Marae at 10.30am on Wednesday 19th August.

Book this date into your calendars. Our Aka Tamaki members are organising the conference, supported by our Te Akatea Exec.

AGM 2020 will be Wednesday afternoon.

PLD 2020:  Have you applied yet?

University of Auckland

UniServices have now confirmed that they will launch Future Learning Solutions in January 2020.

Future Learning Solutions will deliver our current offerings in Reading Recovery, The Play sport programme, Accelerating Learning in Literacy as well as the PLD work currently delivered through Te Puna Wānanga in Māori medium settings. UniServices will continue to deliver services in centrally funded PLD linked to Maori medium, school leadership and Expert Partner work with Kāhui Ako (Communities of Learning).

In summary, the big change that will affect many school leaders and teachers is that neither UniServices nor the University will offer centrally funded English medium PLD from 2020.

Māori Achievement Collaborative


I acknowledge the extremely outstanding work of Damon Ritai and the Taranaki MAC Cluster in the hosting of this years National Wananga at Owae Marae in Waitara Taranaki. It was another powerful opportunity to learn whilst living the kaupapa and hearing the histories and current contexts from mana whenua. The Wananga was attended by 114 principals and leaders from all over the country. Photo’s are able to be previewed on our MAC Website www.mac.ac.nz.


Currently we have 186 schools participating in MACS across 9 regions. Our total student population across these is 45,325 of whom 15,289 (34%) are Māori. Of the Maori students 5966 (39%) are identified as requiring learning support.

We have a further 124 schools who will commence at the start of the 2020 school year. Bringing our total to 310 across 19 clusters.

Te Pitau Matauranga Hoana Pearson

Ngā take o te wā

Tēnā koutou e te iwi.

Firstly a big thank you for members that attended  National Conference in Manawatū this year. This was an opportunity to provide professional learning development for our local maori leaders and to broaden their networks with other Aka members.

We have a new collective agreement for Primary Principals and Primary Teachers. The experience as a member of the negotiating team has certainly developed my professional learning and I challenge you all as leaders to continue to have your say on what matters most for our profession.

Mate Atu He Tete Kura, Ara Mai Anō He Tete Kura

Shortly I will be farewelled by a kura that I have been closely associated with for many years.  I am reminded of the struggle that we have endured in our early stages of establishment as a Kura Kaupapa Māori Te Aho Matua and the highlights of growing young leaders, whānau and our community.  I leave this beautiful whānau and look forward to my new role as the Tumuaki o Te Wharekura o Maniapoto in 2020.

Denise Marshall
TKKM o Manawatu

MOE Joint task force – Reducing compliance

Much has been achieved through discussions this year.

Continually the Joint Taskforce on Reducing Compliance (Taskforce) complete a number of workshops to identify the burdensome compliance activities generated at the system level.  The Taskforce has continued to work with the responsible lead agencies on the shortlisted opportunities with the biggest impact on all schools.

The Taskforce is now focusing on collecting the compliance burden on teachers generated at the Board/School Level. Auckland is hosting Role-based Workshops next week that has been designed to identify and confirm the common areas, key drivers and the size of the burden.

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NZEI National leadership group

Although most collective agreements are now settled work continues with the Accord and particularly with the Racism and Well being issues. All primary and area school teachers and principals should have received their invitation to complete an in-depth survey into your health and wellbeing. All data collected is secure and no identifying information will ever be used or released under any circumstances. If you have any questions about the project please email the team [email protected]

Reminder about the new employees form, to indicate if they intent to join the union – under the changes to the employment act.  These have been notified through payroll update emails also. NZEI is developing new employment letters for schools to use along with a PDF about the union, as you are required to provide that information also.

Te Matatū (Education Council)- Taura Kaihautū

Te Akatea members have a voice in this rōpū tasked with setting the strategic direction of a phased approach for Māori Medium Stewards Leadership for Excellence.

Māori medium = 51% – 100% instruction in te  Reo Māori per week in early learning, primary,  Secondary and initial teacher education.

Provide your input via this survey for our next Taura Kaihautū hui    http://bit.ly/371zwpz

 Lead Reference Material:

Young People Insights:

Meralyn Te Hira
Kaikohe West

Lockdown Procedures

Recent events have demonstrated varying opinions, practices and policies in terms of lockdown procedures. Te Akatea has been invited to contribute to guidelines for lockdowns currently being collated by the MOE.  It would be great to get your feedback on this as the group have realised that, while there should be some consistency between kura, a ‘one-size fits all’ approach is undesirable.

We need your input! Nau mai, haere mai, tukuna mai o whakaaro ki a [email protected]

Tom Paekau
Merivale School

Aka Tamaki is already beginning to formalise arrangements for our 2020 National Conference.

We are inviting all Te Akatea members to keep 18th – 21st August 2020 free to attend our conference here in Tāmaki Makaurau.  Our conference will be held at the Vodafone Events Conference Centre in Manukau City. Our pōwhiri will be held at Manurewa Marae at 10.30am on Wednesday 19th August.

So far we have confirmed keynotes from Ngahiwi Tomoana – CEO Ngāti Kahungunu regarding Iwi Connections and Pio Terei to share “Teina’s Story” and looking at Hauora / Well-being and looking after ourselves.  Moana Maniapoto has agreed to be our MC. We still have a couple of amazing keynotes who we are yet to confirm.

Workshop after each keynote – will provide an opportunity for us all to discuss the keynote and think about actions that we can all implement in our own environments.

Ideas for each of those workshops to be organised in different sector groups

  • Aspiring Principals / Principals
  • Size of school
  • Primary / Intermediate / Secondary
  • Kura Kaupapa Māori  / Rāngai Māori / Level 3 / Mainstream

We are going to be creating spaces for delegates to take opportunities to korero to Principals about their own “issues” or focus areas.  Executive members and/or experienced Principals or leaders would host round tables throughout the conference.

  • Property (5YA / 10YPP)
  • Finances
  • Creating CVs (applying for positions)
  • Increasing your schools income – Learning Support / Funding applications / Ops Grant – ensuring you have everything you’re entitled to
  • Emerging Māori Leaders
  • MACs
  • Appraisal
  • Managing staff issues
  • Curriculum
  • Board relationships

E te tī, e te tā, Nau mai haere mai ki Tāmaki Makaurau 2020!

Haley Milne
Kia Aroha College

Kia ora nga Tumuaki Māori o Aotearoa

This has been an eventful year for Te Akatea. I wish to thank the Te Akatea Māori Principal membership for its support in the NZPF Elections. I was delighted to be elected to the NZPF Executive for the duration of 2020-2021.

It is important that we have representation and voice at this table. I look forward to working in the interests of all Māori tamariki, kaiako, tumuaki and support staff.

I have recently been working as a member of the ERO Te Reo Māori in English medium External Advisory. This is an exciting space to be working in and on, this includes developments which aim to grow an education workforce that can integrate te reo Māori into learning of all ākonga and students in Aotearoa. Te Ahu o te Reo Māori acknowledges that every staff member of an early childhood centre, Kōhanga Reo, school and kura has the opportunity to use te reo Māori correctly everyday. Further information can be located using the link provided. https://education.govt.nz/our-work/overall-strategies-and-policies/moutereo/te-ahu-o-te-reo-maori-fostering-education-in-te-reo-maori/

A personal and historic moment during term four was to open the fully Board funded ‘Te Whare o Te Wāiu’ at Te Akau ki Pāpāmoa. It is my belief that all mainstream schools should have their own whare but that this should be funded by the government.

Nga Manaakitanga

Bruce Jepsen
Te Akau ki Papamoa

Kia Ora  e te whānau,

As we approach another end to a very busy year I have been fortunate to attend and participate in a couple of panels.

Peak Bodies

This was an interesting kaupapa. The main kōrero was around Interim Teacher Education and the fact that our new kaiako are arriving at their first job very unprepared to deal with the many issues that kaiako face in our modern education system. It was also raised that we have a real crisis recruiting Te Reo speaking kaiako with only a handful graduating each year. Kura kaupapa are now growing their own kaiako through their kura and students are moving on to ITE’s and returning as kaiako. If our goal is to have Te Reo Māori compulsory in all kura in Aotearoa then a lot more mahi will need to be done in  this space. We were also shown an excellent digital resource called Kauwhata Reo, follow the link and have a look at this excellent resource.

Kauwhata Reo

Teachers Council

I am attending this hui next week Tuesday 19th November. This will be my first hui and I am interested to hear the developments to date especially how the council are going to assess  new teachers from overseas cultural competencies when they come into our country. I am sure we will also be discussing the new direction that our Government are taking in terms of the Tomorrow School’s review. Again I will be interested in hearing about the council’s view on the development of professional development for Principals and a proposed leadership centre. I look forward to reporting more information regarding this kaupapa in our next pānui.

Ngā Mihi ki a koutou katoa.

George Ihimaera
Kereru Park Campus

Kia ora whānau,

On Monday 11th November I attended the Education Symposium about developing resources that will map progress across the New Zealand Curriculum.  It is expected that these resources will help kaiako to recognise and respond to each student’s progress across a broader range of learning – including social and emotional learning through the key competencies.  This symposium provided workshops where we were able to hear from our colleagues and provide ideas on how this might look moving forward. I am looking forward to hearing the next steps in this area.

I hope the remainder of the year goes well for everyone and that you take a well deserved break with whānau.

Kā mihi mō te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou!

Stacey Honeywill
Waitati School

Strategic plan 2019

Positive influence

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

Professional leadership

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

Cultural advocacy

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.

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