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Nau mai ki tenei wiki Kōrero.  


New Zealand Kindergartens is running a national campaign for the government to honour its promises and support quality early education by supporting 100 per cent qualified teachers.


When the Labour-led government came in, hopes were high that our funding, cut in 2011, would be restored.   Each of the parties in government, Labour, Greens and New Zealand First, had committed to 100 per cent funding, but sadly we are still waiting.


The time is now to put pressure on the government to act.  Decisions are being made now about next year’s budget.


Each of us needs to communicate with politicians, including the Prime Minister, Minister of Education, and all other Cabinet Ministers. And PLEASE encourage parents and whānau of children attending our services to do the same.


Please use the link in this week’s Kōrero to print off postcards and send them to your MP.

If you are not sure who your MP is, there is a link to a list in Kōrero too. 


This is our opportunity to get the 100% funding reinstated and to make significant and positive difference to all children in ECE, please support the campaign!!




For Whanganui Staff

Please click here to find the latest update of Mahi Tahi. 


Campaign At Your Kindergarten For 100 Per Cent Qualified Funding


Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens is taking part in the campaign for 100 per cent qualified teachers in early childhood services, and the funding to support them.


The campaign is launching on Monday, and every kindergarten can get involved, including both staff and whānau. 


Write to your MP, write to Ministers in government, send a postcard, get your parents to send postcards, make a display at your kindergarten, and invite your MP to visit.  Set aside some time at your staff meeting for everyone to fill in a postcard – then make sure they are sent off.

All the campaign materials, including those mentioned by Mandy above, are in the toolbox on Storypark. Here’s the link.


You can also download the post cards here





Survey For Mentors Of Provisionally Certificated Teachers (PCTs)


We are seeking feedback and suggestions from Mentors about our programme for Teachers/Head Teachers who are mentoring PCT’s. Most of the questions are related to recent workshops, although we are also interested to hear about how we can improve our support for Mentors.  So if you haven’t attended a recent workshop but still have some feedback or suggestions we’d love to hear from you.


Please click here to access this survey, (thanks to everyone who has already completed it).


New On Storypark In Our Teachers Toolbox       


We’ve had requests from a number of teams for the Operational Planner, that is attached to the Strategic Teaching and Learning Plan (STLP), to be available in different formats (Jan – Dec and termly).


These are now available to download from the Teachers Toolbox to support you in planning for the year or term. See the ‘2019 -2020 Annual Review and STLP Process’ in the Teachers toolbox or click here.



Induction and Mentoring Seminar      


Tuesday 1 October 2019

9.00am – 1.00pm

Venue: Whanau Manaaki Head Office in Porirua


We are looking forward to seeing all Provisionally Certificated Teachers and their Mentors at our final Induction and Mentoring Seminar for 2019.  It is expected that all provisionally certificated teachers (PCT’s) attend as it is a required part of the Induction and Mentoring programme. 


Teachers who hold a Subject to Confirmation Practising Certificate (STC) are very welcome to attend too.


Please enrol on HR.net as soon as possible so that your enrolment is confirmed (we need numbers so that we have enough food, chairs and resources for everyone – thanks)  


If you do not have an HR.net login yet, please contact Hannah at the Association office, who will help you with this: Hannah.Toomaga@wmkindergartens.org.nz


The programme includes:

  • Working with Whānau and Community
  • Leaderful Practice – what does this look like for a new teacher?
  • Introduction to the Induction and Mentoring Programme for new PCTs/STCs and new Mentors
  • Gathering and discussing evidence for your Induction and Mentoring programme

Please contact Lynette (lynette.wray@wmkindergartens.org.nz) or your Senior Teacher if you have any questions or queries. 


He Whānau Manaaki Kindergarten Association Men’s Group Termly Gathering


All staff are welcome to come along and share some casual drinks and maybe a bite to eat and network with your colleagues from the He Whānau Manaaki Kindergarten Association Men’s Group. 


Meeting Point:

Fortune Favours Restaurant and Bar

7 Leeds Street

Te Aro



Friday, 27th of September


Please contact Adrian Smith at: adrian.smith@wmkindergartens.org.nz, or 021 260 3096 if you want any further information or if you wish to join our Facebook Group.


O ‘au O Le Samoa


O ‘au O Le Samoa (a course run each evening which gives insight into the traditions and meanings behind Samoan ways of being) took place in Palmerston North last week.   The graduation on Saturday was wonderful – there were a number of staff who participated: Katie, Eulalia, Moliga, Angela, Kerry and Lucia.


They worked incredibly hard and did a great job!!



Celebrating Māori Language Week


Tai Tamariki Kindergarten watched the Wellington hīkoi on 14 September and listened to Rangimoana Taylor tell stories about Maui.





Carterton Kindergarten had lots of exciting events happening for te wiki te reo Māori. They made taonga puoro musical instruments, Dee Cruse came in and shared a Maori legend and they also visited Aratoi to discover nga takaro, Māori games.





Moira Gallagher Kindergarten had an awesome week celebrating te wiki o te reo Māori, a lot of focus on the theme of kia kaha and understanding what it is, what it looks like and how it feels. Building confidence, being brave, not to be whakama, giving things a go, keeping your head up, being proud!  Physical and mental strength. Good kōrero with their tamariki throughout the week during their morning and afternoon hui. Turou hawaiki, may the force be with you!



Women's Suffrage Day


The team in the office dressed in black and white today to acknowledge Women's Suffrage Day.



Story Telling At Te Papa


To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of their iwi exhibition, Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow, Te Papa are holding a special whānau friendly storytelling session in front of Te Hau ki Tūranga meeting house on Thursday next week at 11am. The event is free and runs for 30-45min. It would be a wonderful opportunity to go to.  Nau mai haere mai!


For more details, please see Te Papa event’s page by clicking here.



Holy Family School Wins      


Holy Family School in Porirua won the Excellence in Engaging award at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards at Parliament last week.


The award was the same one that Toru Fetu Kindergarten won last year for its community connections.  


The school was recognised for its significant work to engage with its Pasifika familes through the Family So’otaga programme it developed.


Most of the children – more than three quarters -  at Holy Family are from Pasifika backgrounds, with 20 per cent Māori tamariki.


Here’s what the judging panel said when the award was conferred: "The way this school has engaged with their Pasifika community was a huge step up. The entry demonstrated a significant change in roles, achievement of children, and community involvement in the school.  The school values what is important and has developed a good understanding of themselves and their community. The school’s ethos of education being fun and that children should get the education they deserve was commended. Another commendable aspect was the school’s consultation and connections with former students."


The prize package includes $20,000 and professional development opportunities.


This Week On Facebook     










Handy Facebook Pages   


Welcome to the Facebook page for NZEI Te Riu Roa's New Educators Network - Te Kupenga Rangatahi.

Student teachers - it's free to join!  www.nzei.org.nz/join


NZEI Te Riu Roa is made up of 50,000 primary, area, kindergarten and early childhood teachers and support staff from across New Zealand.

If you are a member of NZEI Te Riu Roa who is a new educator - or someone who wants to work alongside new educators, then YOU are part of the New Educators Network. Keep an eye on this page and other local New Educators Network facebook pages for more information on how to get involved. Follow the New Educators Network on twitter too: https://twitter.com/NZEINEN

This page is not monitored 24/7. We welcome comments and discussion from new educators.

If a direct question is asked of the administrators we will endeavour to respond in a timely manner. However, we may not be able to reply individually to all comments and replies we receive and thank you for your patience in these instances.

If you have an urgent request and you are an NZEI member please contact our Member Support Centre on 0800 NZEI HELP (0800 693 443)




For Sale


Durie Hill Kindergarten in Whanganui are selling two book shelves.  Brand new they both retail for over $500 each.  The kindergarten would be happy with $500 for both, must be picked up.  They are in excellent condition.  



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