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 7 November 2019


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Nau mai ki tenei wiki Kōrero.  


Just a reminder to get involved in ways of writing to your local MP and other key Cabinet Ministers to let them know why the reinstatement of 100% funding for early childhood education is so important! 


You can find these resources by checking previous editions of the Korero, see the link at the bottom of this page.




Maintenance Requests


Please remember that if you enter a new hazard onto your Hazard Register which requires maintenance to eliminate it, you are required to complete a Maintenance request form using GOSH.


Have You Had Your Pay Increase?


All teachers – including relievers - should have had, or are due a pay increase.  So if you haven’t that means that either:

  • You thought you were a member of the union and you’re not; and/or
  • You haven’t signed and returned your new Individual Employment Agreement.


Please check your email – most were sent to your @wmkindergartens address – and contact karen.skett@wmkindergartens.org.nz if you haven’t received it or have any questions.  As soon as you sign and return it, we will increase your pay. 


Property Team Changes         


Just a reminder regarding some changes in the property team.


Lorraine is no longer undertaking administrative tasks for the property team. Peni has taken on this role so any questions related to property and PA1’s should be directed to him at Lupeni.Aitogi@wmkindergartens.org.nz.


Lorraine has taken on some other roles within the association and is still be responsible for health and safety administration including GOSH


Removing Or Deleting Children From Storypark        


Whānau Manaaki pays, each month, for each child that is on your Kindergarten’s Storypark account, so it is important to remove or delete children’s profiles once they are no longer attending your kindergarten. We suggest that you do this at the end of each month.

This is a task that only Head Teachers can do (or teachers at your kindergarten who are designated as your Storypark Admins. Your Administrator could also do this if they have been designated as an ‘Admin’ on your Storypark Teachers page).


Click here to read further information about how to complete this action.


Learning Support Meetings This Term


We have organised Ministry of Education Learning Support to present workshops for term 4 Learning Support Network meetings. We will be having different workshops in all four areas. 


It will be important that kaiako enrol on HR.Net as you many want to go to meetings outside your area to hear about specific topics that are being presented elsewhere. (These meetings will not be repeated in other areas)


Learning Support Network Meeting Dates and Topics 


 Monday 25 November 2019, 3.30pm to 5pm - Carterton Kindergarten

He Māpuna te Tamaiti - Supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Early Childhood Education 


Tuesday 26 November 2019, 3.30pm to 5pm - Cottle Kindergarten

Communication Strategies to Support Communication and Language


Wednesday 27 November 2019, 3.45pm to 5.15pm - Whānau Manaaki Head Office

He Māpuna te Tamaiti - Supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Early Childhood Education 


Thursday 28 November 2019, 3.30pm to 5pm - Raumati Beach kindergarten

Sensory Integration 


Week Of Action 


As you may know NZEI Te Riu Roa is holding a week of action for early childhood funding, which includes activities around the country, and the presentation of a petition tomorrow at Parliament. 


Wellington activities, which you may be able to join, include:

  • a rally at, Wellington Central and Finance Minister, Grant Robertson’s MP office at Maritime House, 220 Willis Street Wellington tomorrow at 7.30am.
  • a rally at, Cabinet Minister and Mana MP, Kris Faafoi’s MP office in Porirua in Hartham Place.  This is near the New World carpark and opposite the BP station tomorrow at 7.30am.

Both activities run for half an hour and children are more than welcome.


All kindergartens that are near these venues will have received an email about these events.


Click here to go through to NZEI website to find out about other things you can do.  


National Senior Teacher Hui                      


Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro nōna te ngahere                                        

Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao
The bird that eats the miro berry owns the forest
The bird that feasts on knowledge owns the world


Last week we made mention that Senior Teachers from all over New Zealand were welcomed to Whānau Manaaki Kindergarten office to attend the National Senior Teacher Hui!


There were awesome presenters, and wonderful thought provoking discussions.


The presenters were:

  • Jill Bond - NZ Kindergartens
  • Paul Hunt - Chief Human Rights Commissioner (see post below)
  • Andrew Savage - Teaching Council - give nothing to racism
  • Gaylyn Campbell - Ruahine Association - Leadership
  • Colin Slattery & Alma Fleet (Enabling pedagogical and organisational change)

It was fantastic to see everyone come together, from far and wide, all with the same focus - our tamariki. 


We have received great feedback of the two days:

  • Our time coming to Whānau Manaaki was a worthwhile investment, we like everyone left our ‘busy’ world and stepped into a well catered for hui:

    • Mind – time to critically think and reflect, and prepare going forward; great speakers, provokers and messages to keep alive
    • Body – a good lei to get started, outstanding kai……onsite and at Backbenchers, (the plane did get lift off!)
    • Soul – being present, taking in the whanaungatanga and manaakitanga, and appreciating another part of Aotearoa………….


    Kia ora mai to you and yours, please share this gratitude with your whole team from the kihini and beyond.

  • Truly appreciated the manaaki and whakawhanaungatanga expressed by your Association last week.  The speakers were AWESOME and it was wonderful to meet and kōrero with other Senior Kaiako.

  • Thanks so much for a fabulous two days of networking and thought provoking presenters but also for the manaaki and general fun and positive vibes that you all shared.

Next time your Senior Teacher is visiting your kindergarten be sure to ask them to share their experiences and learnings from this hui.


Administration Positions Available       


We have a permanent Administration position available at our Northland Kindergarten, which is available now, along with a number of permanent Administration positions becoming available in the New Year at the following kindergartens – Bellevue, Miramar Central and Miramar North Kindergartens.


We need friendly, flexible people who have efficient computer and communication skills and would enjoy working with children, the kindergarten teaching teams and families.


All of the positions are for 10 hours per week (hours and days negotiable).


If you know of anyone who may be interested in one or more of these positions, please have them contact the Human Resources Officer, email vacancies@wmkindergartens.org.nz, or phone (04) 232-3069 for a copy of the job description and an application form. 


Shannon Celebrate


On Tuesday Shannon Kindergarten celebrated its first birthday since joining Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens. 


They celebrated by having a shared lunch with whānau and Fairy Trina came in to entertain their tamariki. 


Their Senior Teacher, Tania Jack, joined them and some of the teachers from the Levin kindergartens and Shannon school for afternoon tea.  


It was a great day! 



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Human Rights Commision –

Our Senior Teachers heard from Paul Hunt (Chief Human Rights Commissioner) at the National ST Hui last week!


The Commission works for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected.





Here's our very own Senior Teacher, Paula Hunt, with Paul Hunt, the Chief Human Rights Commissioner at the ST hui last week! :-)


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