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Get Your Singing Voices Ready



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


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 Bea Joblin who is presenting an interactive workshop that balances a discussion of the power of your Pukana with games, songs and activities and how Pukana can be used to link to the Whakamana strand of Te Whāriki, to empower tamariki and teachers alike! 


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.


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 Kōrero.


Conference Registration:

Registration for workshops will open early in June through HR.Net, confirmation of dates for registration will be given in in future Kōrero 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.nz before Friday 2 June 2017.



As with previous years, waiata will be included in the conference programme but just so everyone can be prepared, we will be including waiata details in the conference updates and where possible a link to the waiata will also be included.


The following waiata, “Whakataka te hau” will be sung at the mihi whakatau at the Whole Staff meeting


Whakataka te hau ki te uru

Whakataka te hau ki te tonga

Kia mākinakina ki uta

Kia mātaratara ki tai

E hī ake ana te atākura

He tio, he huka, he hauhu

Tīhei Mauri ora


You can listen to the waiata here.  


Why not get together with your work colleagues and start practicing!













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