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 12 August 2021




For a roundup of what has been happening across our regions click below.




Our latest news:









Nau mai ki te pānui tênei ko te Kōrero.                        


Senior Teacher Update 


Kia ora koutou katoa,  


Head Teachers Meetings 

A reminder of the upcoming Head Teacher Meetings (dates below).

As we will be continuing with our work around the roll out of the new Te Manawa document please bring your copy of the new document with you.  




Monday 16 August 2021

Te Takare Levin Rimu Room & Totara


Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Matariki Community Centre


Wednesday, 18 August 2021

St Johns Club

P1 & 2

Monday 23 August 2021

Te Puna 


Tuesday 24 August 2021

Te Puna 


Wednesday 25 August 2021 

Carterton Events Centre


Thursday 26 August 2021

ASB Sports Centre – please note this is a change of venue.


Reliever PGC meetings

We look forward to seeing our relieving teachers, across all regions, at our professional growth cycle meetings on the 1st of September 2021 Please note the venue change for the Kapiti / Horowhenua meeting ,  now at Raumati Beach Kindergarten.



Reliever Network Meeting


1 September 2021

4.00pm to 5.30pm

Bellevue Kindergarten


Reliever Network Meeting


1 September 2021

4.00pm to 5.30pm

Waiouru Kindergarten


Reliever Network Meeting


1 September 2021

4.00pm to 5.30pm

Lyall Bay Kindergarten


Reliever Network Meeting


1 September 2021

4.00pm to 5.30pm

VENUE CHANGE: Raumati Beach


Reliever Network Meeting


1 September 2021

4.00pm to 5.30pm

Porirua Office - Whare Manawa


Reliever Network Meeting


1 September 2021

4.00pm to 5.30pm

Silverstream Kindergarten


Reliever Network Meeting


1 September 2021

4.00pm to 5.30pm

Carterton Kindergarten


Induction and Mentoring October Seminar

We just wanted to give all kaiako who are taking part in our Induction and Mentoring Programme a heads up that the date for our October seminar is now Wednesday 6 October, from 9.00am to 1.00pm. This change is currently being updated in Tūhonhono, so please put this important date in your diaries and enrol soon. It is expected that all of our kaiako who have a Tōmua Practising Certificate attend each of these seminars as these are an essential component of your induction and mentoring programme. Please talk with your ST or contact Lynetteif you have any questions or are unable to attend.


Change of date for our New Head Teacher meeting 

Please also note a change of date for this terms New Head Teacher meeting, now be on Wednesday 29 September at the WMK office.  Leanne will send out an agenda closer to the time but for now put this new date in your diary.


Cyber Security Update


We are nearly at the end of the computer rebuild and returning computers to kindergartens.  Thanks again for your patience, it has been a very large task to get through and we certainly appreciate your support to getting this done. 


The technicians will continue to look at the external hard drives and all of the files you are hoping will be returnable.  We will keep you updated as they go along. They team look at the issues that have been raised and as they are resolved we will send updates via the Kōrero.  They are also working on getting access to kindergarten emails, watch this space! 


Just a reminder, please do not contact our technicians directly.  If you are having issues logging into your computers please contact Tania Braybrook and for every other query please contact Jan Hannon.


As an aside, did you know that that the cyber attack featured as a question on "Have You Been Paying Attention?"  It was featured on 23 July "Mid Winter Xmas Special" episode.  There was a bit of riffing about kindergarten and children of course.  You can view the portion of that episode here:



Te Tiriti o Waitangi Workshop


Lou is holding a workshop, on Monday 30 August from 5.45pm to 7.45pm, with the team at Owhiro Bay Kindergarten and has extended an invitation to anyone else who would like to join them.


If you would like to go to this workshop please enrol through Tūhonohono.


Child Protection PLD


If you have enrolled on either of the Child Protection courses being held on 8 October in Porirua, AND your renewal date is within 2020/2021, then Kaz may be in touch to ask if you would be willing to give up your space to colleagues who either haven't had any CP training at all or are well overdue.  This will assist our facilitator, Eric Hollis, with bringing relevant content to the sessions. 


You don't need to do anything at this point - Kaz will be in touch with you soon.  There will be more Child Protection training next year and we will catch you up then. 


Pacific Resources, Funding And PLD Information


The Pacific Engagement team from the Ministry of Education has sent through the following  which will have useful information for you and your families:


Free Learning Guide - The World’s Cultural Diversity

Build a clear pathway for students to learn about diversity, inclusivity and intercultural understanding. Download your free cultural diversity learning guide from Britannica.

  • Full access to all content and features of Britannica LaunchPacks: Humanities and Social Sciences until 01 October 2021*

*Offer is only valid for New Zealand schools not currently subscribed to Britannica LaunchPacks: Humanities and Social Sciences.

Here’s the link.


“The Culture Map” – Professor Erin Meyer

Professor Erin Meyer is the author of “The Culture Map”. Check out this link, and this one here, in which Erin identifies a systematic approach to decode how cultural differences are impacting your work & apply strategies to bridge those cultural differences. Where do you think Māori, Pacific, & Pākehā peoples might be operating on Erin’s culture map


Tapasā PLD for teachers

Background: Tapasā, launched in September 2018, provides the framework and tools to help teachers and leaders build cultural competency and develop effective teaching practices that engage Pacific learners in early learning, primary and secondary education.  Previous workshops offered in the Wellington Region were fully booked and some schools missed out.

  • As part of ongoing support to help teachers build their cultural competency, Budget 2021 provided $5m over four years to deliver professional learning and development (PLD) using Tapasā.
  • Tapasā PLD will be accessible to teachers and leaders in early learning and schools with high numbers of Pacific learners.
  • The PLD to early learning and schooling teachers and leaders will be available for three years from 2022-2024.
  • Further information on how the sector can apply for Tapasā PLD will be released in November 2021.


New investment in Pacific bilingual and immersion education

New funding is available for schools with students in Pacific bilingual and immersion programmes in 2022, as announced at Budget 21 on Thursday 20 May.

What is this funding for?

  • To support students enrolled in Pacific bilingual and immersion education programmes at Levels 1 and 2 in a Pacific language.
  • To support the delivery of Pacific bilingual and immersion programmes in schools by providing additional operational funding for the extra costs of running these programmes.

From January 2022, funding is available on an ongoing basis and will be a permanent part of the operational funding for eligible schools.

How can schools access this funding?

  • All state and state integrated schools are eligible from January 2022 if they meet the relevant criteria.
  • The Ministry of Education will contact schools that currently have units to let them know about the funding and the steps they need to take.
  • The Ministry of Education will also contact schools that we are aware have units but are not reporting students currently. We will then contact schools after the July roll return.
  • Payments will be made through the standard operational grant payment processes.
  • Ongoing payments in future years will be based on roll return data, in the same way as other operational grant components.
  • If you have not been contacted and meet the relevant criteria, then please contact Resourcing (details below) 

There will also be communication through the School Bulletin.

For more information about accessing this funding, please contact Resourcing mailbox here.   


INSPIRING THE FUTURE – Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)

TEC launched Inspiring the Future in May 2021 after piloting the programme in 2019.  Primary and Intermediate schools can now sign up and schedule events online, read role models’ profiles and invite them to attend.


Here’s footage from the TEC launch event at Avalon Intermediate.


Here’s footage from the pilot event at Brandon Intermediate in October 2019.


Here’s the link to Inspiring the Futures for schools.  


Pacific Language Weeks funding – Ministry for Pacific Peoples

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) is committed to ensuring that Pacific languages thrive in Aotearoa|NZ.  Three funding pools are available to support and promote the work communities are doing to champion their precious Pacific languages.  Applicants can only apply for one MPP language fund.  The MPP Languages Unit will be hosting monthly funding workshops to help applicants with the funding process.  Check out this link for more information or email here

  1. Providers Languages Fund
  • Supports established Pacific providers with over 5 years’ experience in delivering language learning initiatives. 
  • Eligible applicants can apply for up to $50,000.
  • Round 2: 1st July to 12:00 pm, 30th September 2021
  • Round 3: 1st October to 12:00 pm, 30th November 2021
  1. Community Languages Fund
  • Supports Pacific community groups, families, and churches to develop and to deliver grassroots language initiatives close to home.
  • Eligible applicants can apply for up to $5,000
  • Closes 12:00 pm, 31st October 2021 (applications are processed every month)


CommunityCare Fund - Transpower

In March, the Transpower CommunityCare Fund panel selected 18 community projects throughout New Zealand to receive a grant in the Summer 2021 funding round. Check out the successful projects from 68 Full Applications in this link.  


Check out this link to see where and what the Transpower CommunityCare Fund is supporting. 

Twice a year, the Transpower CommunityCare Fund provides one-off grants between $5,000 and $50,000 towards community projects with tangible and lasting benefits to the wider community.  The closing dates for each funding round are the same each year and applications are done online: 

  • Summer round – Expressions of Interest close 31st October, Full Applications close 31st January
  • Winter – Expressions of Interest close 30th April, Full Applications close 31st July

For more information visit the website.


Pacific Language Weeks dates

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) has been providing some funding to the Pacific Language Weeks series and announcing Language Champion Honours.  Although officially termed “Language Weeks”, many have extended activities throughout the year with language funding support provided by MPP to enable year-long language learning initiatives, which are led by our Pacific communities throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand.  The remaining Pacific Language Week Dates for 2021 are:

  • Tonga Language Week:Sunday 05 September – Saturday 11 September 2021
  • Tuvalu Language Week:Sunday 26 September – Saturday 02 October 2021
  • Fijian Language Week:Sunday 03 October – Saturday 09 October 2021
  • Niue Language Week:Sunday 17 October – Saturday 23 October 2021
  • Tokelau Language Week:Sunday 24 October – Saturday 30 October 2021. 

For more information about the Pacific Language Weeks 2021, check out MPP’s website here


TONIs Graduate


Last Thursday we celebrated with our TONI educators, who were graduating after completing their Level 3 Certificate in Early Childhood Education.   It was a wonderful evening!



Home Based Educators Needed


Our homebased services in Porirua ad Levin are looking for people interested in becoming home-based educators for our Etu Ao service.


Training is free and children are welcome at training for TONI educators. TONI stands for Teach, Observe Nurture In home.


Etu Ao is primarily a Pacific based service, although people from other cultures are welcome.

Kindergartens in Porirua and Levin should think about their families, and if there is someone who could be interested.


Grandparents and aunties who are already looking after babies or young children can make the transition and be paid for looking after family members and others.


Working for the Etu Ao service can also be a gateway to other opportunities in future, including teacher training for some educators. 


Those interested should contact the Hub on 021 222 5997 or email here.  


Children’s Book Award Winners Announced


Several picture books featured in the Children’s book award winners announced this week.






Ngake me Whataitai is a new book that tells an old story of the two taniwha of Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington Harbour. It explains the origins of different Māori names for Wellington’s landmarks.  

It won the Te Reo Māori category.













Hare and Ruru: A Quiet Moment won the award for best illustrations.  It is described as a book that delivers a beautiful a

It is described as a book that delivers a beautiful world and message.















      Kōwhai and the Giants won best picture book. 

      It is described as a gentle environmental story and a classic

      in the making.









More about the awards can be found here.


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