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 22 July 2021




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Cyber Security Attack


In previous updates we talked about giving you a bit of background to the world wide cyber attack and the effects it has had on us as an organisation.  Cyber criminals compromised information held by anyone who used a Remote Management Tool called Kaseya.  WM uses this Kaseya as an asset management tool for all our computer equipment. 


On Saturday, 3 July at 4.30am, cyber criminals hacked Kaseya and gained control of all the clients it connects to.  At 5.52am our ICT services provider quickly shut down our monitoring services as they had noticed some errant behaviour.  Fortunately, due to it being the weekend, most of our desktops and laptops were switched off.  


Initial investigations determined that information affected by the attack was encrypted      (corrupted), there was no evidence of any of our data being stolen. 


Meetings were held with key people in Head Office and a plan was put together to check every computer and laptop owned by the Association.  Each computer/laptop and hard drive needed to be checked to see if the attack had encrypted any of the information stored on them and to see if we could restore that information. 


Communication was sent to all of our kindergartens and other services to advise of this attack and giving instructions of what to do with their computers/lpatops and hard drives.  


Over the past 3 weeks 100 kindergarten sites have been visited: 

  • 600+ computers have been checked, and are in the process of being returned 
  • Data restore is still in progress  

WM had a long term plan to move all kindergartens to a Microsoft Teams platform with all information stored in the cloud.  As a result of this cyber attack this planned work has been bought forward.  You will notice changes to the way you access information on your computer/laptop and we have provided a power point on Storypark, in the Teachers' Toolbox,  to help you navigate these changes.  This will also be emailed to your kindergarten email address.  Please make sure your Administrators also have access to this power point.  Please work your way through these changes and if you have any questions please contact Tania.  We will also look to provide some further training over the coming weeks. 


Finally we just want to thank you all for your quick responsiveness, flexibility and patience as we have navigated this mammoth and somewhat frustrating logistical task.   


Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi Engari, he toa takitini 

Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.                                        


New GOSH Platform


The new GOSH platform will be up and running from today.


Kindergarten teams will receive an email, sent to the kindergarten email address, inviting them onto the new GOSH platform.


You just need to click on the link in the email where you will be directed to reset your password. You can reuse your current GOSH password but please ensure all the team know what password is chosen.


Once this is done, kindergartens will have access to the new GOSH.


There are a few visible changes but they are relatively minor.  In future additions of the Kōrero, we will update teams on the exciting developments available in GOSH.


If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Lorraine


Te Tiriti o Waitangi


Mana whenua unveiled Te Tiriti o Waitangi at both association offices in Porirua and Whanganui.  The print is a copy of the original 9 copies of Te Tiriti o Waitangi that travelled around NZ with both English and Māori versions.


Both unveilings had mana whenua talk about a few of their stories and what the treaty meant to them.  It was a powerful experience for all who attended!


If your kindergarten is interested in purchasing a copy (for your wall), contact Louana Fruean or Paula Hunt for details.


         Porirua Unveiling

    Whanganui Unveilling                                           


Appointments and Resignations


Congratulations to the following on their recent appointments:


Pia VollmerHead TeacherAramoho
Vicky Hoffman.65 TeacherTe Timatanga Hou
Hope Di MaioAdministratorLyall Bay/Seatoun


We wish all the best to the following who have resigned:


Jill KonisePart-time TeacherSouth End
Tracey DormanAdministrator Lyall Bay
Ali EastonHead TeacherBetty Montford


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