The history of the 28th Māori Battalion’s D Company will be documented by Harawira Craig Pearless, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have announced.
Ms Parata, who is also the Chair of the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board, says the A, B, and D companies’ histories are being commissioned to complement Ngā Tama Toa, the C Company history published in 2008.
“When completed, these documents will mark a significant step towards further preserving the legacy of the 28th Māori Battalion. The histories project will also lead to the production of curriculum resources to be used in early childhood education centres, kōhanga reo, kura and schools.
“Whānau participation will be crucial to the project’s success, as they hold the stories, letters, photos and records that will breathe life and colour into the D Company history.
“I’m hoping that whānau will be keen to take part so we can ensure that the history is as rich and detailed as possible, revealing the significant contribution the Battalion’s men and their families made to this country,” Mrs Parata says.
Ms Barry says the history to be written by Mr Pearless will document D Company’s major battles, actions and engagements during World War II. It will also discuss the sacrifices made and commitment of the Hou Kainga (home people) in their support of the war effort and dealing with the loss of loved ones.
“The D Company history, alongside the histories of the other companies, will be highly valuable resources for veterans and their families, and provide historical and educational information for the wider New Zealand public. The histories will commemorate the Battalion’s service to Māoridom and the nation,” Ms Barry says.
The Ministries of Education and Arts, Culture and Heritage along with the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board are all partnering on this project to document the histories of A, B and D Companies of the 28th Māori Battalion.
Māori medium national peak bodies Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, Te Rūnanganui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori, Ngā Kura ā Iwi, Te Akatea, and iwi representatives have been given a call to action today as Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata launches a strategy to future-proof Māori medium education.
Educators and iwi gathered at a Hui in Wellington for discussions on Te Rāngai Kāhui Ako ā-Iwi, a framework provided to iwi to ensure the future sustainability of Maori-medium education and build on the recent successes of Māori educational achievement.
“Overall, Māori in education are starting earlier, staying longer, and leaving better qualified. Te Rāngai Kāhui Ako ā-Iwi empowers iwi with clear data about the Māori medium participation statistics within their rohe,” Ms Parata said.
“I want to see Māori medium education build on its strengths, grow and thrive. To achieve this, we need to ensure that iwi, whānau, communities, peak bodies, education providers and the Ministry of Education collectively support learners to learn in high-quality, authentic Māori medium education settings.
“It is crucial that children and young people have access to quality Māori medium education no matter where they live or at what stage of learning they are at.
“There have been clear calls to increase the learning and speaking of te reo Māori. Choosing a Māori medium education pathway is an obvious and readily available way to do that.
“I commissioned Te Rāngai Kāhui Ako ā-Iwi framework to focus on how we can get sustainable Māori medium education in every rohe, contextualised by the dialect, the tikanga, the kawa and the cultural narratives of the iwi of that rohe, from kohanga to kura to wānanga.
“Alongside this framework, iwi and Māori medium bodies have been provided data on Māori educational achievement, broken down by rohe, which has improved exponentially. NCEA achievement by Māori students in Year 12 has gone from 56.8 percent in 2011, to 74.9 percent in 2016, that’s over 5000 more Māori than would have been the case with 2011 rates.
“More than that, the data shows us that the best results by Māori students have been achieved in Māori-medium education. Māori-medium students have rates of NCEA Level 2 achievement on par with all students in the school population, but significantly higher (15 to 20 percentage points) than Māori students in English-medium. The benefits of Māori medium education are most strongly realised when students remain in Māori medium for their entire compulsory education pathway (years 1 to 13).
“That is why our new Communities of Learning | Kahui Ako are so suited to Māori medium education as a sustainable Māori medium pathway from kohanga through kura and wharekura.
“It is so important that iwi are equipped with the tools to support young Māori to stay for longer in high quality kura, and to leave with good qualifications and a strong cultural capacity including te reo Māori.
“The unprecedented increase in Māori achievement should be celebrated. Ensuring this continues so all our mokopuna get the best education they can is a responsibility for us all. Whānau are in a prime position to ensure that we make this difference together, focusing on their achievement, their outcomes, and ultimately their future,” Ms Parata said.
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Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced three appointments to the Board of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura).
“Te Kura is a fantastic option for distance education, providing personalised learning programmes to students from early childhood to Year 13.
“I am delighted to see Dr Stuart Middleton staying on for a further term, and would like to welcome the newly appointed Ruma Karaitiana and Mele Wendt as members of Te Kura’s Board for terms of three years,” Ms Parata says.
Dr Middleton and Mr Karaitiana’s appointments are effective immediately. Ms Wendt will take up the role from 1 July following the resignation of Paul Adams.
“These appointments are a great result for Te Kura. Dr Middleton has performed well in his role, and his experience in South Auckland communities and the Pacific are highly respected. The perspectives Mr Karaitiana and Ms Wendt will bring from Māori and Pasifika communities, as well as their experience within the education sector adds further valuable expertise to the Board.
“I would also like to thank the outgoing Paul Adams for his immense contribution to the financial and business strength of Te Kura over the past five years, and his commitment to seeing young people succeed.”
Final NCEA results released this week confirm that more students are achieving NCEA Levels 1, 2, and 3, with the most significant increases in achievement being by Māori students and Pasifika students, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.
“These latest results are by far the best we’ve seen since we came into Government in 2008, a time when Māori and Pasifika students were struggling, with almost half leaving school without NCEA Level 2.
“We knew that was unacceptable and we were prepared to tackle the challenge head on. We made it our priority to significantly lift NCEA achievement, in particular for those groups the system was not paying attention to.”
The final results for 2016 show that Year 12 NCEA Level 2 achievement by Māori students has increased from 51.6 percent in 2008 to 74.9 percent, and achievement by Pasifika students increased from 50.5 percent to 79.5 percent.
“I am delighted that through the quality of teaching, and this Government’s biggest investment into education ever, we have realised such impressive increases in achievement results for young Māori and Pasifika students.
“Across the board, achievement is up! In Year 11 NCEA Level 1 is 75.5 percent, up from 62.5 percent in 2008. Year 12 NCEA Level 2 achievement is 78.4 percent, up 2 percentage points on last year and 12 percentage points since 2008. Year 13 NCEA Level 3 achievement is 64.5 per cent, up from 53.4 percent in 2008, and achievement of the University Entrance Award since its strengthening is up 0.6 percent to 49.2 percent.”
Ms Parata said she was also pleased to see the final results showing that despite the disruption of the Kaikoura earthquake last November, achievement results have stayed in line with national trends and past patterns of achievement.
“A good education is a passport for the future, and NCEA Level 2 is our recognised minimum standard for going on to better tertiary options. I am sure parents and educators will join with me in celebrating these significant increases in achievement by all of our young people.”
The full 2016 final NCEA results will be published on the NZQA website.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Education Minister Hekia Parata have welcomed the appointment of Professor Grant Schofield, as the Ministry of Education’s first Chief Education Health and Nutrition Advisor.
“Obesity is a serious issue threatening the health of young New Zealanders, which means some of our kids could end up living shorter lives than their parents,” says Dr Coleman.
“In 2014/15 11 per cent of all children aged 2-14 years were obese. The figures for Maori and Pacific children were 15 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.
“In 2015 the Government launched the 22-point Childhood Obesity Plan, making New Zealand one of few countries to have a comprehensive plan and a health target.”
This work is being supported by teaching and learning in Food and Nutrition, and Physical Activity, two of the core components of the Health and Physical Education learning area in the New Zealand Curriculum.
“Professor Schofield is one of New Zealand’s top physical activity and nutrition experts. His appointment will build a much broader and more robust approach to the work already taking place across the education sector,” says Ms Parata.
“Professor Schofield will be able to provide valuable advice around the design, integration and implementation of the curriculum to strengthen what schools are offering students in these key learning areas.”
As part of the Childhood Obesity Plan we have seen increasing numbers of schools going water-only and good progress is being made in encouraging primary schools to adopt the Health Promoting Schools programme.
A recent review by the Education Review Office found that schools were doing a good job of promoting positive attitudes to food, nutrition and physical activity.
Ms Parata says that getting good habits and positive attitudes in place while children are young sets them up for a lifetime of healthy eating and exercise.
“The appointment of Professor Schofield is a further step in the right direction and I look forward to his input into how we can improve health outcomes.
“With the right knowledge, students themselves have the potential to lead healthy change in their homes and wider communities.”
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today released the update of New Zealand’s world leading early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki.
“First published in 1996, Te Whāriki is highly regarded here and internationally as an empowering framework for early learning,” says Ms Parata.
“New Zealand children start their education in quality settings, guided by a curriculum that supports teachers, parents and whānau to have a good understanding of their progress.”
The update to Te Whāriki better reflects the context of children’s lives in the 21st century, as well as changes in early learning theory and practice. Its unique bicultural framework has been strengthened with updated guidance for teachers, kaiako and educators who support young children’s learning across New Zealand’s diverse early learning services.
“Children learn a huge amount in their first five years of life. They deserve the best education we can give them to ensure they grow up as competent and confident learners, strong in their identity, language and culture.
“Te Whāriki emphasises our bicultural foundation, our multicultural present and the shared future we are creating.”
The updated curriculum has fewer learning outcomes – reduced from 118 to 20 - and better links early learning to the schooling curriculum.
The update also makes explicit the unique curriculum pathway for children in kōhanga reo - Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo. This indigenous curriculum complements the pathway for children in early childhood education services.
The Ministry of Education has committed $4 million dollars to professional learning and development for teachers, educators and kaiako who will lead on the updated curriculum. Support will include workshops, webinars and the appointment of local curriculum champions.
“Our early childhood curriculum has shaped early learning in New Zealand for the past 20 years and is world-leading. This update will ensure it remains a valued and empowering tool for the future.” Ms Parata says
The update of Te Whāriki is part of a wider change across the education system to support children’s personalised learning pathways within Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.
The biggest update to education in New Zealand in nearly 30 years took a step forward in Parliament today.
“The Education (Update) Amendment Bill is about creating a platform for achieving educational success. It puts the achievement of our children and young people at the heart of the education system, and gives us the flexibility to respond to their current and future needs,” says Education Minister Hekia Parata.
“The Bill will also ensure there is stronger accountability throughout the education system; enhance collaboration between education providers; establish a future-focused legal framework for online learning; improve the way the Government provides careers services; and overall, modernises and gives flexibility to the legislation.
“Student and staff safety and wellbeing are central to this law change. Following the Education and Science Select Committee hearings, a further amendment prohibiting the use of seclusion, and regulating the appropriate use of physical restraint in schools and early childhood services has been included in the Bill.
“We know that most schools and early childhood services are doing a good job of managing challenging behaviour safely and effectively. When a student is exhibiting inappropriate or dangerous behaviour, it’s important that other students and teachers are protected from harm and that learning can continue to happen,” says Ms Parata.
The Committee has also recommended a number of other changes that will ensure the legislation better supports high performance, collaboration and flexibility throughout the education system.
“This Bill is about maintaining choice, both for parents and schools so that they have the flexibility to choose what works for their students and what will get great results for their kids.”
There is an option for parents and schools to enrol new entrants on the first day of the term closest to the child’s fifth birthday. The development of Communities of Online Learning will provide another option that will work better for some students.
“We know that a good education is a passport to the future and we are committed to modernising our education system to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This is a once in a generation opportunity to create a student-centred, future-proofed education system that is focussed on lifting the achievement of all young New Zealanders,” Ms Parata says.
Having passed second reading, the Bill is set down to be debated in the Committee of the Whole House stage on Thursday this week.
Education Minister Hekia Parata has launched the first regional tour of an education expo showcasing tools and resources available to Communities of Learning | Kahui Ako.
“For the first time we have brought together all the tools and resources available to support teachers and principals in one expo,” says Ms Parata.
“The education expo first ran at the National Cross Sector Forum in Auckland in March and we received really positive feedback from participants who attended.”
91% of participants who responded to a survey at the end of the event said they learned something new that they would share with others. 90% found the overall experience of the Forum relevant, while 93% said it was useful.
“Each forum will have a regional flavour but the theme will continue to be personalised pathways for kids through quality teaching in Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.
“The tools and resources on display are available to teachers and principals in Communities to support every single child and young person from 0-18 years of age to progress and achieve along their education pathway.”
Resources being demonstrated include:The Learning Progression Frameworks and the Progress and Consistency Tool which support teachers to determine the progress their students are making at an individual level. The Local Curriculum Smart Tool which helps Kāhui Ako to engage their students in learning, anchored in and inspired by their local environment, economy, history and people. Te Rāngai Kāhui Ako ā-Iwi to spark community engagement in developing strong, sustainable pathways in Māori medium education.
“There are a lot of changes taking place in education, all designed to create a system focused on the children in it, on their progress and achievement. From the Funding Review to the Education Act Update and the creation of Communities of Learning we’re working to create a dynamic education system fit for the 21st century.
“The regional expos are about bringing all these changes together to inspire and challenge our education leaders; to demonstrate the many tools and resources we’re putting in place to support them to build a better future for all young New Zealanders.”
New figures show more than 1100 teachers and principals have been appointed to new roles in Communities of Learning│Kāhui Ako across the country.
“I’m delighted to see staff being employed in these expert roles, sharing best practice across schools, early learning services and tertiary providers to raise student achievement,” says Education Minister Hekia Parata.
“When the Investing in Educational Success initiative was announced this is what it was all about. Raising the quality of teaching through collaboration and providing the best teachers and principals with new career options.
“The fact we now have more than a thousand staff employed in Kāhui Ako roles demonstrates how embedded this collaborative model is becoming.
“I’m also really pleased to announce another 17 Communities of Learning, bringing the total to 197, covering more than 551,000 young people. These new communities are in Tai Tokerau, Auckland, Waikato, Manawatu, Wellington and Canterbury.”
The number of early learning services joining Kāhui Ako has almost doubled to 184 in just four months and 1630 schools are now in Communities, alongside four tertiary providers.
“Twenty percent of communities now have early learning representation, but we want more!” says Ms Parata.
“This means that the education pathway for those young children from 0-18 will be within that one community. Their transitions between early learning, primary and secondary schooling will be better supported as teachers work together to share information about their students as they move through their education pathway.
“What’s also notable about the newest Communities that have formed are the high numbers of Māori and Pasifika children and young people. These are two groups in our education system at greatest risk of underachievement so I’m really pleased that more students will now benefit from the best teaching and leadership in those communities.”
The latest figures also show that more than 60 Kāhui Ako have set their achievement challenges, focussing on improving student achievement in areas like maths, writing, reading and NCEA Level 2.
“Kāhui Ako are no longer just the way of the future for New Zealand education, but the reality of how our schools and providers are now operating.
“Internationally, countries are watching what we are doing here with great interest as we change our traditional operating model to a system built on collaboration for the benefit of children, teachers and their communities.”
Eight prestigious tertiary scholarships will be presented to outstanding Māori students by Education Minister and Ngārimu Board Chair Hon Hekia Parata in a ceremony at Parliament today.
The eight recipients – undergraduates Ezekiel Raui, Jack Potaka, Kaahu White, Tekiteora Rolleston-Gabel, Tipene James, and Masters recipients, Ana Montgomery-Neutze, Arena Williams and Maia Wikaira – received scholarships that commemorate Victoria Cross recipient Second Lieutenant Te Moananui a Kiwa Ngārimu, and the soldiers of the 28th Māori Battalion.
"The scholarships recognise the exciting futures these eight exceptional awardees have ahead of them. They have already demonstrated what young Māori can achieve with hard work and dedication and I look forward to seeing what more they accomplish in the future,” Ms Parata says.
The Ngārimu VC and 28th Māori Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board awards scholarships to students who demonstrate education excellence and embody the characteristics of the Battalion – including commitment, service and leadership.
“To honour the soldiers’ spirit and sacrifice, we must ensure their legacy lives on in future generations, especially among tomorrow’s Māori leaders. Like those young men who fought on distant shores, those receiving the awards are the high achievers, leaders among this generation of Māori and of New Zealand,” Ms Parata says.
This year’s recipients include a Stanford University student working towards a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy; an aspiring documentary filmmaker working towards her Masters at the School of Visual Arts, in New York; and a Bachelor of Business Studies student who represented New Zealand at the White House Tribal Leaders Gathering in Washington DC, hosted by President Obama.
The five undergraduate scholars will receive $10,000 per year for up to five years. The three winners Master’s scholars will receive $15,000 per year for up to two years.
Applications for the next round of Ngārimu VC & 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships open on 1 May 2017 and close in 30 September 2017.