Early Learning Regional News - 17 November 2020

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Tai Tokerau Regional News

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Opening of Tikipunga High School’s new whare wananga “Tauira”

Whangārei Mayor Sheryl Mai and Alec Soloman

The opening of “Tauira” represents a celebration of cultural identity. We have the duty, honour and privilege to be kaitiaki of our language, culture and world view. This whare is a commitment to this kaupapa.

The new whare wananga “Tauira” was officially opened by Kaumatua and attended by past/present staff and board members, students, whanau and dignitaries on Friday, 25 September 2020 at 4.30am.

The Principal of Tikipunga High School, Alec Soloman has shared his gratitude to all attendees for making the morning so special and acknowledges the Kahui Taumata, whanau from Pehiāweri and Ngāraratunua, and the kaumatua and kuia who guided them on the journey of opening the new whare. Tauira “Ko Tauira tōku whare e tu nei”


Education and Training Act 2020

The Education and Training Act 2020 came into effect on 1 August 2020. It incorporates and replaces the Education Acts 1964 and 1989 and implements changes from the Education Work Programme.

Further information about the Education and Training Act 2020 can be found on our website.

The Education and Training Act 2020: Information for principals and teachers


Key licencing dates

As a reminder, please see below for the deadlines for submitting applications for new services to the Tai Tokerau office.

To licence or amend a serviceDeadline for completed applications to the Ministry
To licence a new service by the end of January 2021 Friday 11 December 2020
To amend a licence prior to 11 January 2020 Monday 14 December 2020

Ngā mihi nui

Hira Gage
Director of Education Tai Tokerau
Phone: 09 436 8914
Email: hira.gage@education.govt.nz

Auckland Regional News

Tēnā koutou

New Cook Island Early Learning Centre

The new Cook Island Development Agency of New Zealand Early Learning Centre is located on the Mangere Kirkbride Reserve site and will be open for 60 children and the community gardens on site will be an integral part of the curriculum.

The blessing of site was completed in February of this year and is scheduled to open in term one 2021.

Architects impression:


Isabel Evans
Director of Education Auckland
Phone: 09 632 9333
Email: isabel.evans@education.govt.nz

Waikato Regional News

Tenā koutou e te whānau

After two months in the role, I have gained a strong insight into how effective we can all be as a regional office in supporting our sector. That insight has helped me fully appreciate the depth of skill and knowledge we must share efficiently with each other and awhi the mahi that goes on daily in our ECE’s, Kōhanga Reo and Playcentres. He waka eke noa, we are all in this together, is the whakatauki that captures the kaupapa of what our sense of belonging to the education system is grounded in.

Within our regional office we are re-setting our Waikato Business Plan and capturing the voice of all our kaimahi to inform our shared vision to always support everyone. Learners with their whānau are at the centre of our vision and our focus is clear in navigating through the change processes that are coming to us all. Your support is valued and acknowledged daily through the positive, open and high trust you place in our people to support you all.

I look forward to the upcoming announcements from our Minister of Education, where he will outline the education work programme and ensure that together, our navigation will align with and support our shared goals.

Mauri Ora

Shane Ngātai
Director of Education (Waikato) and proud of it

Reminder dates

With the end of the year fast approaching we advise the following timelines:

To license or certificate a new service  The deadline for completed applications
By the end of January 2021    Monday 9 December 2020
To amend a licence                                 The deadline for completed applications
Prior to 10 January 2021     Monday 9 December 2020

The Ministry of Education must take all reasonably practicable steps to decide on a licensing application for a new service within 30 working days of receiving a complete application. A ‘complete application’ means that all documents to support the application, as listed on the application form, have been submitted. Applications need to be submitted at least 30 working days prior to the date you wish it to take effect from. The closure period for the Ministry of Education is not counted towards ‘working days’.

Please remember that a completed application is required (i.e. containing all required documents) before we can confirm a visit date.

If your early learning service, Kōhanga Reo or playgroup has a story of success or celebration that you would like to share with the wider Waikato region please email it through to linda.baxendine@education.govt.nz. We are always happy to receive contributions.

Shane Ngātai
Director of Education Waikato
Phone: 07 858 0124
Email: Shane.Ngātai@education.govt.nz

Bay of Plenty - Waiariki Regional News

Kia Ora and Talofa lava

Our thoughts have been with our colleagues in the Hawke’s Bay, particularly Napier where the severe weather event caused considerable flooding last week. These weather events and other emergency type situations certainly demonstrate the need for everyone to have good disaster and emergency planning in place. A good place to start a review of your emergency planning is our website.

Preparing for emergencies, traumatic incidents, evacuations and lockdowns

There is a quick check list you can use to review your current plans and the emergency planning guidance which has been updated this year provides greater detail to support your planning. The website also links to Civil Defence materials and resources such as What’s the Plan Stan.

Emergency planning checklist
Planning and preparing for emergencies [PDF, 1.31MB]

Tai o Fenua Kindergarten Opening

We recently licensed a new service in Tauranga at Gate Pa, Tai o Fenua (formerly Gate Pa Kindergarten). The governing body, Inspired Kindergartens said that “Tai o Fenua is a unique kindergarten where Pacific languages, culture and identity are nurtured and celebrated and where everyone is welcome. The kindergarten has been established in partnership between Inspired Kindergartens and the Pacific Island Community Trust after listening to the needs of the local community. The Kindergarten was honoured by the local Tuvalu community with the name Tai o Fenua which translated means Sea of Islands and for our kindergarten community means we find strength through being united by the greatness of the Pacific Ocean”.