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Conference Update




Welcome to the fifth Conference update, there will be further news, information and guidance in weekly editions of Korero.


The theme of this year’s two day Staff Conference is Te Ao Māori – The Māori World View: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.


We are pleased to inform you that we have a wonderful group of Keynote speakers; Fa’anana Efeso Collins, Moana Jackson, Jean Mitaera and Hana O’Regan. In addition we have a number of exciting workshops including Rawiri (Ra) Smith who will be delivering a presentation which discusses the importance of collaboration as a method of bringing New Zealand communities together to work on complex problems. One example of a useful collaborative model is the Powhiri, practiced by Maori for hundreds of years.


He Whānau Manaaki Staff Conference information

Venue and dates:

The two day He Whānau Manaaki Conference will be held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington on 10 and 11 July 2017.


Non-teaching staff:

The Staff Conference begins at 8.30am for non-teaching staff on Monday morning 10 July. A Conference Keynote speaker and a variety of workshops will take place for Homebased TONI Educators, Community Navigators, Transport Teams, Teacher Aides and Administrators. All non-teaching staff are warmly invited to attend and then to stay on for the whole staff meeting in the afternoon.


Arden Perrot who is the Degree Leader for the Bachelor of Youth Development at Weltec will be one of our presenters to non-teaching staff. Arden will be delivering a presentation about his own personal journey through the education system in New Zealand. Arden has had an interesting background which has included being a professional rugby player as well as acting in commercials (he starred in the Lotto commercial with the boy and the pirate boat). The story of his journey is informative as well as being challenging.


Whole Staff Meeting:

The compulsory Whole Staff Meeting will be held on Monday, 10 July starting at 1.00pm at Te Papa in Wellington.  All teachers, kindergarten based students and office staff are required to attend and all other staff strongly encouraged to attend.


Teachers Conference:

Please note that the Teachers Conference will take place on Tuesday, 11 July at Te Papa in Wellington with a revised starting time of 8.30am and we ask you to be seated by this time. More details regarding content will be available in future editions of the Korero.


Conference Registration:

Registration for workshops will open early in June through HR.Net, confirmation of dates for registration will be given in in future Korero editions. Please note that each staff member must enrol into HR.NET themselves using their personal login details.



Staff who are attending the Conference and live in Waikanae or further north, or in the Wairarapa are able to stay at the Bay Plaza Hotel, Oriental Parade on Monday 10 July and the cost of the room will be paid for by the Association. For accommodation requests please e-mail Lorraine Coulston at lorraine.coulston@wmkindergartens.org.nzbefore Friday 2 June 2017.


Staff who do not meet the geographical criteria for accommodation are most welcome to stay at the Bay Plaza Hotel, paying for themselves but utilising the “deal” we have with the hotel. If you are interested in finding out more about this or reserving a room, please contact lorraine.coulston@wmkindergartens.org.nz













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