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GOVT Releases 10 Year ECE Strategic Plan -


We welcome the government’s plan to strengthen the quality and raise the funding of early childhood education. 


To view HWMK's press release on the strategic plan please click here.


To view the Strategic plan please click here.



In Froebel's Words.

One of our very talented teachers and her partner we kind enough to gift us an animation they've created depicting two Froebel quotes about children. 

Please click the link below to view. 


In Froebel's Words.



Prime Ministers Education Excellence Award - 

We are very proud to announce that Toru Fetū Kindergarten have WON the Prime Ministers Education Excellence Award in Engagement. The finalists were selected from 127 entries. 


The judges are visiting the finalists during May and June and the winners will be announced at the ceremony in July.


Click here to view the Excellence in Engagement video from Toru Fetū


Click here to view the Excellence in Governing video from Toru Fetū


Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa) Amendment Bill - 


Earlier this year we made a submission in regards to the Education Amendment Bill, to read please click here.




AGM 2018

This years Annual General Meeting was held at Otaki Kindergarten, where Tania Jones and Emma McGregor were re-elected to the board. We also celebrated our fabulous volunteers.


Conference 2018 - 

He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Staff conference has now been and gone for 2018. We believe many of the topics covered will remain on our minds for a long time yet. 











CPAG - Analysis of Child Poverty Policies -

Child Poverty Action Group has put out a new report which should be of interest to those attending the select committee. It's quite technical and has extensive data based on MSD figures but the main points are: 

  • The group of very poor children has been growing steadily (140 thousand) who receive less than 40 per cent average household income after housing costs. 
  • Foodbanks and hardships grants have been steadily rising, with the main reason for hardship grants being to pay for food 
  • Current government initiatives are not sufficient to reduce the increase in growth in this category of child hardship 
  • Some immediate changes that could be implemented are recommended (page 16/17)  including some that we could readily support including removing benefit sanctions and ensuring everyone gets their entitlements (which would involve a change of emphasis by the department.) 

To access the report please click here.


To access Whānau Manaaki's Child Poverty Reducation Bill Submission please click here. 


Education Summit -

Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens was well-represented at the education summit in Christchurch (5 - 6 May 2018) which attempted to answer the big questions in education.


A values exercise found that hauora/wellbeing was seen as the most important, followed by respect, creativity, family/community and belonging.


A lot of emphasis was placed on valuing culture, language and identity, and on lifelong learning.


Around 800 people attended, including National MPs, parents and high school students as well as teachers across the different sectors.  Many were disappointed that they were unable to go, but there will be regional hui later in the year, and there have been online opportunities to contribute (previously covered in Kōrero), with more online consultation planned.  


Lou Fruean, kaitiaki o kaupapa Māori says it was a worthwhile hui, and she appreciated the opportunity to hear from different groups of people, including students themselves who wanted their teachers to know them better.


Caroline Mareko, Communities and Participation Manager for WMK  says the hui gave hope for the future, and jolted people into thinking about education for the next 30 years. She says Pacific education was not as visible as it could have been in the hui outcomes, despite the number of Pasifika people participating, but she says the conversation was only the beginning of the process.


Here’s a link to some stories about the summit from RNZ:  

NZ Herald - Government's challenge to turn high hopes of education summit into tangible change.

RNZ - Emphasise Māori knowledge, students tell summit.

RNZ - Calls for change from education summit.











Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry -

On 31 January 2018, the Government established an Inquiry into mental health and addiction. The ultimate goal is to improve the mental health and addiction outcomes of New Zealanders. We are a diverse and multicultural panel with a broad range of ethnicities, ages, backgrounds and perspectives. 


Whānau Manaaki have sent a submission to the inquiry. To view, please click here. 



Government Budget Released - 

I'm sure we were all eager to hear what the new government had in stall with this year's budget release - Click below to read our take on things, from Amanda Coulston.


Government Budget - First, Small Step


Johnsonville Full Day is on the move!

After negotiations with the Wellington City Council Johnsonville Full Day Kindergarten will be moving. The new kindergarten site will be above the new library in Johnsonville on Frankmoore Ave. Construction has begunand the full project (including new pool reception, public toilets and walkway through memorial park) is destined to be completed by December 2019. The kindergarten will continue to operate from its current site until the new premises are ready.


To keep updated with the new library/kindergartens construction click here.


New Kindergarten Logos -

The association is currently working to create new logos for each and every Kindergarten. See the confirmed logos for the Wairarapa Kindergartens below -



Christchurch Website Development