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Update from Christchurch Hospital

Press Release – Canterbury District Health Board

28 people who were injured in Fridays shootings are still in Christchurch Hospital, with six remaining in critical condition in intensive care . One more person was well enough to be discharged from hospital with appropriate community supports, and … Read more »

Contestable Grants Fund applications are open

Press Release – Hastings District Council

Applications to this years Contestable Grants Fund are now open for groups serving the needs of the Hastings community. Read more »

Host Families Needed in New Zealand

Press Release – Student Exchange Australia New Zealand

New Zealand is a picturesque country and its people have a deep sense of community, which is why 50 International Exchange students have chosen to come here for a short, semester or year long stay. We are currently calling for local families who may like … Read more »

What do mathematicians do if machines do all the maths?

Press Release – University of Auckland

For thousands of years, calculation – numerical and symbolic – was the price we had to pay to do or use mathematics. But that is no longer the case. Read more »

New Programme of Adult Literacy, Numeracy And Cultural Capab

Press Release – Ako Aotearoa

This year, Ako Aotearoa will run a series of new Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Cultural Capability (ALNACC) courses for foundation-level educators and practitioners throughout the New Zealand tertiary education system. The first course starts in April. Read more »

Lockdown review starts 2 April 2019

Press Release – Ministry of Education

“Childrens safety and wellbeing are paramount and it is very important our schools are able to protect their children. Read more »

Paid union meetings to be replaced by online ballots

Press Release – NZEI

Primary teachers and principals will now vote in online ballots about whether to accept the Ministry’s latest collective agreement offers, following the cancellation of this week’s paid union meetings. Read more »

Extension to Reform of Vocational Education labelled paltry

Press Release – Skills Active

The Chair of Skills Active Aotearoa, the ITO for sport, exercise, recreation and the performing arts, has described the one-week extension for submissions on the Reform of Vocational Education as paltry. Read more »

Four lessons from the Christchurch terror attack

Article – Joe Burton

Across the world, marches took place during a UN anti-racism day, condemning the attacks on muslims in New Zealand this week. EPA/Andy Rain , CC BY-SA Read more »

Māori leaders tell government: we want co-designed industry training, hands off the ITOs!

Press Release – Te Rautaki Whakaroopu Maori.

Māori leaders in the Vocational Education sector gathered last Thursday and agreed the proposed Reform of Vocational Education was being rushed through, and called on the government to extend the consultation period and engage with Māori to involve them in the changes.

Māori leaders tell government: we want co-designed industry training, hands off the ITOs!

Māori leaders in the Vocational Education sector gathered last Thursday and agreed the proposed Reform of Vocational Education was being rushed through, and called on the government to extend the consultation period and engage with Māori to involve them in the changes.

The Reform of Vocational Education Hui was hosted by the Waikato Tainui Research and Development College and follows the signing of a Kawenata between Tainui and the 11 ITOs, almost exactly one year ago, to work together to get more iwi members into on-job training.

Leaders at the hui collectively agreed to oppose the disrespectful 6-week consultation period, and supported the role of ITOs in retaining the oversight of industry training.

The message to the Minister from iwi and ITO Māori partners was: Extend the consultation period and let ITOs continue to arrange on-the-job training, because this system is working for Māori.

Māori community leader Maanu Paul, who was at the meeting, said the tight timeframe to respond to the reforms was unreasonable and unfair. As a Treaty partner, Māori should have better representation at the tēpu on the kaupapa, Mr Paul said.

Des Ratima ONZM; JP, who represented Ngāti Kahungunu at the hui, said Māori want to work with the government to co-design an educational system that works for Māori.

“Minister Hipkins said he wanted to hear from iwi, but so far, the government’s own poor attempt to consult with iwi was a hastily arranged hui in the Far North with only three days’ notice. That fails to meet the Crown’s obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi,” Mr Ratima said.

“This is one of the biggest opportunities we have to reform education in Aotearoa, and get it right for Māori and all New Zealanders.”

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