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 Government has announced a $49 million expansion of the Te Mana Tūhono programme, which will offer all state and state-integrated schools the opportunity to upgrade their ICT network hardware and access cybersecurity support by 2024.

We expect schools with network hardware approaching the end of its warranty period, or its end-of-life, will be able to start accessing upgrades and support from September 2020.

This funding will also expand the support Te Mana Tūhono offers schools by covering new cybersecurity upgrades and support, which we expect schools will be able to access from 2021.

Find out more about this funding on the Beehive website.

Minister's press release on the Beehive website(external link)

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.

Network for Learning (N4L)(external link)

The Future

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

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 with N4L on a revised schedule for 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.

Te Mana Tūhono - Information Brief [PDF, 417 KB] 

Te Mana Tūhono – Terms of Service [PDF, 221 KB]

Te Mana Tūhono - Frequently Asked Questions [PDF, 555 KB]

Below is the next tranche of schools that are due to begin the replacement process by the end of the year. N4L will be in touch with schools on the list.

Te Mana Tūhono - School Engagement List Term 3 and Term 4 2020 [PDF, 202 KB]

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