Kia Manawaroa

Kia Manawaroa brings together information from the Ministry of Education and other agencies, to support iwi and Māori audiences to increase their knowledge and therefore be given the opportunity to be more actively involved in supporting their children’s learning.

Kia Manawaroa is also available as a weekly pānui straight to your inbox. 

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Online Courses

We are working on making available ClassroomNZ2020, a new platform with a range of online courses, as an interim support for ākonga until the end of February 2021.

These online courses were developed by Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) and can help support ākonga learning as they transition back to the new normal learning environment. Teachers and kaiako may also find the teaching and assessment resources useful in building their capability and confidence teaching with online platforms.

Courses covering a wide range of NCEA subjects and levels will be available soon. You can find a list of the NCEA courses, including the achievement standards they support via the link below.  We are also exploring making resources available for other year levels in later phases, beginning with Years 9-10.

To access ClassroomNZ2020, schools and kura will need to provide the Ministry of Education staff, ākonga and course enrolment information on their NCEA ākonga.

Hard copy NCEA learning resources (hard packs) will remain available to ākonga, schools, kura and wharekura that need them as we continue to roll out ClassroomNZ2020.

ClassroomNZ2020 is available through to February 2021 at this stage and we are working to provide a long-term solution for the 2021 school year and beyond.

Courses available - Te Kura (external link)

Returning to Kura

What happens if we are not ready to send our tamaiti/mokopuna back to kura yet?

We know some of our whānau are still feeling a bit anxious about sending their tamaiti/mokopuna back to kura and school, which is understandable given everything we have been through over the past two months.

It’s really important tamariki/mokopuna do return to kura, not just for their education but also their health and wellbeing. Instances of Covid-19 in New Zealand are very low and schools, kura and early learning centres have been provided information about safety requirements at Alert Level 2, to ensure the safety of your tamaiti/mokopuna.   

Have a talk with the tumuaki or kaiako if you want to know what the kura and school has in place to keep your whānau as safe as possible.

At home, washing hands regularly, cleaning surfaces often and staying away from others if you are feeling sick, are the most important things your whānau can do to keep each other safe.

It is important that mātua and whānau are given as much information as possible, to support  tamariki returning to school during Alert Level 2.

In terms of contact tracing, we know the NZ COVID Tracer App is useful, but it does not record the level of detail required should you enter into a school, kura or early learning site.

In Alert Level 2, if you go on to one of these sites, you will be asked to complete a contact register.   All schools, kura and early learning centres have been asked to keep this register.  The register records:

  • your name
  • the time you arrived and departed
  • the area of the school, kura or early learning centre that you visited. 

If they already have your contact details then kei te pai, but if these details have changed they will need to know this information as well.

Together we can do this.

Ongoing Learning Support at Home for Te Reo Māori learners

It’s great that many tamariki returned to kōhanga reo and kura last week!

For tamariki who are at home – here’s a friendly reminder about resources, activities and programmes available online and on TV to support learning from home.

Mauri Reo Mauri Ora has been live for seven weeks now – kia pai mai hoki! 

Check out next week’s schedule and join Ani-Piki, Juneea and Te Korou for another full week of daily educational programming for te reo Māori learners, from kōhungahunga through to those in wharekura.

Next week's schedule - Kauwhata Reo (external link)

Tune in Monday - Friday (9am-3pm) on:

  • Te Reo Channel on SkyTV
  • Vodafone TV Channel 82
  • Freeview Channel 15.

You can also watch past episodes on demand including:

Mauri Reo, Mauri Ora!

Watch past episodes OnDemand - Māori Television (external link)

Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV is free to air, on TVNZ channel 2+1 and on TVNZ OnDemand (external link) , as well as on Sky Channel 502 and Vodafone TV.

It runs from 9am to 3pm on school days with programming for tamariki and rangatahi aged 2 to 15, as well as for mātua.

Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV - TVNZ (external link)

Shows on OnDemand - TVNZ (external link)   

Ki te Ao Mārama (external link) is an awesome online space with practical advice, resources and information you can use with your tamariki at home, to support their learning in te reo Māori.

We’ve organised the online resources in age groups so you can find what you need quickly and easily:

Ki te Ao Mārama - Kauwhata Reo (external link)  

Wellbeing Seminar

Wellbeing and transitions back to early learning and school for children and young people with learning support needs – this webinar is for mātua and whānau supporting tamariki and rangatahi with disabilities, high health needs, learning and behaviour difficulties to return to early learning services and kura/schools.

Access the webinar - Livestream (external link)  


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