Te Maru Pānui
He Timatanga Korero: Whaikorōria ki a Īhoa o ngā mano, te tīmatanga me te whakamutunga o ngā mea katoa. Tēnei te inoi ki te Runga Rawa kia tau iho mai ana manaakitanga ki runga i a tātou katoa.
E tangi ana te ngākau ki ō tātou tini mate kua riro ki tua o paerau, ki te huinga o te kahurangi. Moe mai rā koutou kua haere ki tua o te arai.
Huri kau ana ki a tātou e whakatinana nei i ō rātou tūmanako, e takatu tonu nei ki runga I te mata o te whenua, tēnā ra tātou katoa.
He tau nui whakaharahara te tau 2018. Arā noa atu ngā āhuatanga kua oti i ō tātou kura, o tātou iwi, tō tātou kaupapa i tēnei tau. E mihi ana ki a koutou katoa I whakapau kaha, i whakaheke werawera kia puawai ai to tātou kaupapa.
As we reflect on 2018, as Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa (NKAI) we have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for. Thank you to all of the people within and beyond NKAI who have contributed to our kaupapa during the last year.
This panui aims to give us all an update in regard to some of our key 2018 kaupapa and the next steps in 2019. Our panui also aim to make sure that you are all aware of our NKAI direction this year and into the future including our agreement with MOE (Kua Ea), the NKAI strategic focuses, the NKAI Learning Progressions Project and the PLD opportunities that have been organised based on the feedback from our kura.
Ngā Ringa Wera o NKAI: Tēnei te mihi o ngā Ringa Wera ki a koutou katoa. Ko te tau 2018 te tau tuatahi i uru mai ai a Watson Ohia (Pou Kokiri), Te Rāhui August Sutherland (Pou Tiaki) me Tineka Wanakore (Pou Hapai) ki to tātou kaupapa hei kaimahi. Our Ringa Wera team are thankful to you all for your efforts, encouragement and commitment to our rangatahi and their potential to achieve Te Tihi o Angitu.
Ngā Ringa Raupā o NKAI: We acknowledge the commitment of our wider board, Ngā Ringa Raupā which consists of one representative from each of our NKAI kura. We also acknowledge our Executive Board who have led our kaupapa to ensure that our foundations are solid, and our kura throughout Aotearoa receive opportunities to grow, develop and achieve the aspiration of their whanau and their iwi. We are thankful to Paora Royal Tumuaki of Te KKM o Bernard Fergusson), who resigned from our board at the 2018 AGM and led our focus on our finances during the last 20 months to ensure that our foundations and processes are effective and our NKAI financial situation is healthy. We also welcome two new members who were voted on to the NKAI executive board at the AGM. Tenei te mihi ki a koe Sophie Tukukino (Tumuaki of Te Kura Maori o Porirua), and Tui Rolleston (Tumuaki o Te Kura o Matapihi). The other members of our Ringa Raupa Executive Committee are Arihia Stirling (Chairperson, Tumuaki of Te Kura Maori ongā Tapuwae), Henarata Hama (Tumuaki of Te Kura o Hirangi), Ripeka Lessels (Tumuaki o Te Kura o Te Whata Tau a Putauaki) and Watson Ohia (Pou Kokiri NKAI).
Kua Ea: Our Agreement with MOE
NKAI Te Tihi o Angitu:
In 2016 NKAI agreed to strategize, implement plans and report on the following indicators to MOE and to our NKAI people. Therefore, our NKAI Kua Ea outcomes targets and indicators are that;
NKAI Communications: One of our goals this year was to improve our NKAI communications, one of the key initiatives being the NKAI website www.kuraaiwi.maori.nz which shares most of our information, the key pathway to register for NKAI programs, as well as the way in which NKAI collects feedback from our NKAI whānau to help us to improve as an organisation.
NKAI Collaboration: The use by our NKAI teachers of 365, SITES and TEAMS has greatly improved in 2018. This is the major tool that will enable our teachers, principals and boards to support each other, access resources and collaborate in a very easy and effective way at anytime from anywhere. Our 2019 goal is for 80% of all of our NKAI teachers to be using TEAMs and SITES weekly to collaborate of get help from other kaiako and whānau as well as giving support to others. Mahi tahi, koira te whainga. Kia āwhina tētahi ki tētahi hei painga mō tātou katoa.
NKAI Social Media: In 2019, in addition to improved connection with our NKAI whānau through email, NKAI intends to have a presence on Facebook. We are seeking further advice as to how best to utilise Facebook to communicate with our NKAI whānau. The Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa Facebook page is now set up so we can effectively communicate with our NKAI staff in our kura, and also another strategy where we can communicate with our wider NKAI whānau (iwi, whānau, staff, students).
Kura Management System Roll Out
NKAI in partnership with a Māori owned company, FIRSTEC have developed our own School Management System similar to Kamar and e-Tap but focused on Kura Maori and students from year 1 – 13. Thank you to the kura, teachers, Firstec and other experts who have all contributed to the development of our NKAI SMS System. This year 10 schools will utilise and further test the system. NKAI is now in partnership with Firstec and EDU so schools can use the system that the wider NKAI network together with Firstec have developed.
Te Wānanga Arataki Kura Coming Soon
Te Hui Arataki Kura: Our NKAI leadership conference in Ngāti Tuwharetoa for iwi, boards, whānau and school leaders including our teacher leaders was very successful. We are thankful to all of those who came to share with our NKAI leaders from around Aoteroa as well as the opportunity for our whānau from different kura and iwi to connect with each other. Registrations will open in February for the 2019 conference which will be in Turangi on March 22 – 23, 2019. We aim to ensure that our kura leaders, iwi, boards, tumuaki and teacher leaders receive the support, guidance, inspiration and encouragement that they need.
There were many highlights which included the evening where we acknowledged the contributions of people from across our kura, to amazing presentations and 40+ NKAI focused workshop from leading experts including some of our own teachers and NKAI students graduates.
The 2019 NKAI National Conference will be a wonderful opportunity for our people to connect, work together, learn with and from each other, have access to expertise in a wide range of areas including strategy. Registration will be heavily subsidised by NKAI, will cover the conferfence events, all food, the formal celebration dinner and event and hotel accommodation. The cost will be $100 per person and the places are very limited so the earlier that kura have registered and paid for their board, kaumatua, whānau, staff, the more likely that they will secure a place to at the conference on August 1 – 2, 2019.
Hui Amorangi 2018
What an amazing group of young leaders we have across our wharekura. NKAI had our first wananga for our Amorangi (NKAI Prefects) from across our kura. They are all an amazing credit to their kura, whānau and iwi. They had opportunities to develop their project management skills, their reo and their personal resilience which all align to our NKAI kaupapa and Te Tihi o Angitu. We are also very thankful to our inspirational speakers (Tainui Waikato Education Team, Paraone Gloyne, Bentham Ohia) and our amazing workshop facilitators (Haimona Waititi, Stu and Marama McDonald, Tukiterangi and Renata Curtis).
Our Amorangi will come together again in the middle of this year to share the projects that they have implemented or planned to implement in their kura. We also hope that the wharekura that were unable to join us in December, can join us at the next Wananga Amorangi for the 2019 Amorangi in June of this year.
Wananga mo ngā Amorangi 2020: December 5 – 6: Kia mataaraa e hoa ma,we will be having an Amorangi Conference for the 2020 Amorangi in Decvember of this year. The hope is that we will have the 2020 Amorangi come and join us for a wananga focused on inspiration, self-leadership and service to our people in December of this year.