Te Mana Tūhono
Te Mana Tūhono demonstrates the power of connectivity and is a long-term programme of support that removes the burden on schools to monitor, maintain and manage their networks.
Your school’s ICT network
We strive to connect schools to the world with a fit-for-purpose centralised ICT system that is reliable, resilient, safe and secure.
The Ministry and Network for Learning (N4L)
The Ministry and government are committed to continuing the support of school ICT infrastructure. For the past 15 years the Ministry has been upgrading schools ICT network systems.
Since 2013, Network for Learning (N4L) has managed internet services for schools via its Managed Network. There are now more than 825,000 students and teachers using the Managed Network every day, consuming more than 5.2 million gigabytes of data monthly.
Now that all schools are connected, the Ministry and N4L are focused on providing a long-term programme of support that removes the burden on schools to monitor, maintain and manage their ICT networks. This work programme is called Te Mana Tūhono.
Te Mana Tūhono
Loosely translated, Te Mana Tūhono means the power of connection.
Te Mana Tūhono concentrates on the following areas:
- Help keep our children safe and secure while using the internet at school
- Extended Helpdesk Support
Under Te Mana Tūhono, the N4L Helpdesk will be extended to operate inside the school. This will enable N4L to resolve issues impacting the performance of a school’s internal ICT networks i.e. the LAN (Local Area Network)
- Create one point of contact for schools to call if they need assistance with their network
- Network Hardware Replacement (NHR) in schools
The Ministry in partnership with Network for Learning (N4L) are working towards a revised timeline and will begin to replace ICT hardware including network switches and wireless in schools. Our target is to deliver to some 50 Pilot schools before 31 August. This scope has been updated to include a few additional components listed in the documents further down below.
- Continued support for schools with expiring warranties
If you are not a small school and your network switches and wireless equipment warranties are expiring, your hardware will be replaced at a later date. Together with N4L, we will continue to provide warranty support and assistance to all schools with warranties that have expired or are about to expire. If your equipment fails we will either fix it or replace it
Revised timeline for Network Hardware Replacement (NHR) in Pilot schools
Last year, we announced that the Ministry in partnership with Network for Learning (N4L) will begin to replace ICT hardware including network switches and wireless in schools. Our target was to deliver to some 200 Pilot schools before the end of June 2020.
Due to the unprecedented challenges presented by Covid-19, we put a hold on the rollout of the new hardware in schools and have worked on a revised schedule to some 50 Pilot schools to be upgraded by 31 August. The scope has been updated to include a few additional components which are listed in the documents below.
We are working with N4L to plan a revised schedule, considering the needs of each individual school, and their unique set of priorities under the current alert and subsequent alert levels. Our priority remains adhering to the health and safety requirements set for schools.
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