Reports today that Chris Hipkins has cancelled four new partnership schools with signed contracts with the Crown due to start in 2019 will be hugely disappointing for the promoters of the schools and families planning to send their children there, National Party Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says.
“As I understand it the Minister hasn’t even met with the sponsors and several of the sponsors found out their contracts would be cancelled via the media,” Ms Kaye says.
“The four schools included an Auckland school focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and a new Vanguard school in Christchurch.
“These sponsors have spent time and money securing contracts with the Crown and preparing to open these schools. They deserve better than this.
“Regardless of the Minister’s ideological opposition to partnership schools they deserve a fair process and good communication with the Minister and the Ministry. The public also deserves to know any costs to the crown of cancelling these contracts,” Kaye says.
“It’s hard to believe the new government is so blinkered that it won’t allow people to set up new schools to improve achievement for New Zealand’s children.
“The recent Martin Jenkins report shows that many of the partnership schools are performing well and supporting disadvantaged children. That’s why National supports them.
“With regard to the rest of the schools (the current 10 that are open and the two due to open next year) there needs to be transparency about the process that the new Government will be going through about their future.
“The Government has sent mixed messages regarding partnership schools. It is not clear if any of these schools will remain and if they do remain what the nature of their funding and governance arrangements will be.
“The Government needs to be upfront about their future or at the very least the process to determine their future.”
The four new schools due to open in 2019 are:
• City Senior School in Central Auckland, sponsored by City Senior School Limited, will have a mission to nurture and support young people with a particular focus on becoming innovative and creative global citizens. It will be a co-educational senior secondary school for years 11-13, with an opening roll of 100 students and a maximum roll of 300 students.
• Tūranga Tangata Rite in Gisborne, sponsored by Te Runanga o Tūranganui a Kiwa, will focus primarily on Māori students with a, ‘by iwi for iwi’ approach. It will be a co-educational junior secondary school for years 9-11 with an opening roll of 45 students and a maximum roll of 55 students.
• Vanguard Military School Christchurch in Christchurch, will promote attitudinal, behavioural and academic excellence and encourage training and employment pathways beyond school. It will be a co-educational senior secondary school for years 11-13, with an opening roll 120 students and a maximum roll of 210 students.
• Waatea High in South Auckland, sponsored by Te Whare Wananga O MUMA Limited, a subsidiary of the Manukau Urban Māori Authority, will focus on priority learners and have a ‘Māori for Māori’ philosophy. It will be a co-educational bi-lingual secondary school for years 9-13, with an opening roll of 50 and a maximum roll of 145 students. The school will complement the sponsor’s existing early childhood education centre and primary year partnership school, Te Kura Māori o Waatea to provide a complete education pathway.
Labour’s plan to dismantle National Standards shows their disregard for parents and the needs of students around the country, National Party MP Nikki Kaye says.
“Parents need to know where their kids are up to and children need to know how they are getting on. National Standards are a key part of that,” Ms Kaye says.
“Families also deserve to know what Labour will replace National Standards with – not be told they are going to overhaul the way our students learn but will get back to you with the details later.
“Labour are showing how little thought they have put into their policy changes, with Education Minister Chris Hipkins still unable to tell parents how his education policy will affect students and parents.”
Ms Kaye says National Standards provide the Ministry of Education with key information to allow the Government to target interventions and improvements on schools that are not doing well, and focus efforts where they can have the biggest impact on student achievement.
“Having National Standards ensures that happens, and Labour’s plan undermines that without having a replacement.
“This is typical Labour – the party of reviews and working groups. They demand change for change’s sake but don’t have their own ideas about how to take New Zealand forward.
“It’s important we develop the right tools that parents and teachers can trust and have confidence in.
“Mr Hipkins has said that National Standards will be gone quickly. Parents and students deserve better than that. We disagree with getting rid of them but for the government to say they are getting rid of National Standards quickly without a fully developed system across all schools is irresponsible.
“Labour needs to front up with New Zealanders and explain their intentions or admit that once again they have no idea.”
New partnerships to support the ‘Youth Spaces Plus’ programme in Rotorua and Priority One’s ‘Instep - Ngā Wahine o Mereaira’ programme in the Bay of Plenty will create at least 590 new youth development opportunities, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“More than $334,000, including Government and partner contributions, will be invested to make these new opportunities available,” says Ms Kaye.
The investments are being made under the Partnership Fund, which sees the Government co-invest with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to grow youth development opportunities in New Zealand.
“Along with the Ministry of Youth Development, partners supporting the Youth Spaces Plus initiative include Rotorua Lakes Council, the Department of Internal Affairs, BayTrust, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust and community supporters,” says Ms Kaye.
“Youth Spaces Plus builds on other local initiatives that support communities to take a holistic approach to meeting needs such as health, education and employment, and provide recreational facilities where young people can safely socialise and be active.
“The partnership’s support will enable Youth Spaces Plus to target young people living in Rotorua’s Western Heights, Fordlands and Te Koutu communities.
“Up to 120 young people will be supported to develop their own leadership skills, while providing leadership, mentoring and volunteering opportunities for around 400 other young people in their communities.
“This is about growing the next generation of young leaders, and also helping to build greater community cohesiveness and wellbeing at the same time.”
“Partners involved in Priority One’s Instep – Ngā Wahine o Mereaira programme include the Ministry of Youth Development, the New Zealand Lotteries Grant Board, Tauranga Girls College, Ngai Te Rangi Iwi and Ngati Ranginui Iwi,” says Ms Kaye.
“The goal of this programme is to help young Maori develop their own strengths and in turn empower others.
“The partnership’s investment will enable around 70 young people to receive leadership and mentoring opportunities.
“It will also support a one-day youth summit, bringing together students from 11 high schools in the region, along with representatives of local businesses, iwi and other community stakeholders. This will provide an opportunity for students to learn about each other’s challenges and successes, and also build connections with others in their community.
“It’s great to be supporting the development of more young leaders, who will go on to be positive role models in their communities,” says Ms Kaye.
“These new partnerships are made possible by the Government’s investment of around $1.7 million in the Partnership Fund for 2017/18.
“Over 7000 new leadership, mentoring and volunteering opportunities have been created since the fund was set up in 2016.
“The 2017/18 funding will enable more new partnerships and support more talented young people to grow their skills and resilience, and take their aspirations to the next level.”
Notes re partner contributions
Youth Spaces PlusMinistry of Youth Development Partnership Fund - $120,000 over two years Rotorua Lakes Council - in-kind support Department of Internal Affairs Lotteries Community Grant - $80,000 over two years BayTrust - $60,000 Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust - $20,000 Community supporters - in-kind support
Priority One’s Instep – Ngā Wahine o Mereaira programmeMinistry of Youth Development Partnership Fund - $12,000 New Zealand Lotteries Grant Board - $20,000 Tauranga Girls College - in-kind support Ngai Te Rangi Iwi - in-kind support Ngati Ranginui Iwi - in-kind support
Fifteen councils up and down New Zealand will share $280,000 of funding under the 2017 Local Government Youth Partnership Fund, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“This fund is about encouraging and supporting city, district and regional councils to partner with the Government, businesses and philanthropic and iwi partners to grow youth development opportunities,” says Ms Kaye.
“Funding of between $10,000 and $45,000 will be provided to support a range of projects in 2017 and 2018, ranging from sport and outdoor education programmes, to a region-wide town beautification project led by young people.”
The fifteen councils receiving funding are:Far North District Council - $24k to support members of the Far North Youth Council to receive training in peer mentoring and put their skills into practice through a series of youth engagement events Auckland Council - $45k to support (i) the delivery in South Auckland of Makertrail, a programme aimed at exciting a passion for STEM subjects, and (ii) the Riverside Youth Zone in East Auckland/Tamaki, involving youth leaders delivering a range of programmes in response to community interest and need Hamilton City Council - $10k towards Seed Waikato, monthly events that connect young people to learn from inspirational speakers Taupo District Council - $30k towards Rangatahi Collective Hub, a volunteering programme that upskills young people to provide children’s after-school and holiday activities Waikato Regional Council - $20k to support workshops on science and social innovation, aimed at identifying solutions for a healthy Tokoroa and surrounding districts Ruapehu District Council - $13k approx to support projects carried out by Ruapehu Youth Council ambassadors, including tree planting, a community sports day and beautification projects in the towns of Taumaranui, Raetihi and Ohakune Horowhenua District Council - $16k towards Tuwhitia Te Hopo (“Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway”) aimed at building leadership and resilience and providing opportunities to volunteer as mentors Masterton District Council - $23k towards CoLab, a programme that catalyses local youth to develop a social enterprise project Upper Hutt City Council - $11k approx to provide leadership opportunities for young people, including those not in school or attending alternative education Nelson City Council - $20k towards Tō Tātou Hapori (“Our Community”) a partnership of community organisations fostering youth participation in their local neighbourhoods through volunteering and leadership opportunities Marlborough District Council - $9k approx to mentor members of the Marlborough Youth Trust Advisory Group, to increase their capacity to be confident, connected and contributing members of their community Westland District Council - $20k towards CACTUS Westland (Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit Support) to deliver an intensive fitness and skills programme, involving activities including climbing, caving, rafting and mountain biking Hurunui District Council - $10k approx to support local young people to help design and implement a consultation process to input into the development of a youth strategy/action plan Environment Canterbury Regional Council - $20k to support a partnership with Youth Voice Canterbury to deliver leadership training and mentoring, and establish a regional youth panel connected to the Council and potentially the Mayoral Forum Queenstown Lakes District Council - $6k approx to support young people to write and present a submission to the Wakatipu Basin Annual Plan, and plan, promote and run various activities in Upper Clutha.
“The Local Government Youth Partnership Fund recognises that councils have far-reaching local networks with young people, local businesses, iwi and community partners,” says Ms Kaye.
“We want to help young people access and benefit from these connections to grow their capabilities and resilience, and contribute to their communities at the same time.
“The fund is overseen by the Partnership Fund Board, set up in 2016 as part of a new direction for youth development in New Zealand.
“A focus of this new direction is working more collaboratively to deliver and grow youth development opportunities such as mentoring, volunteering and leadership opportunities.
“It’s great to be able to support councils to reach out to local youth and build opportunities for them to become more involved, and develop their own potential at the same time.
“I expect that together, we will support the creation of more than 2,500 new youth development opportunities through these projects.”
More information about the Local Government Youth Partnership Fund and the projects that will be supported in 2017/18 is available here.
The work of schools and early learning services supporting children with additional learning needs will be celebrated as part of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, says Education Minister Nikki Kaye.
“I’m delighted to announce that entries for the Awards open on Monday 11 September,” says Ms Kaye.
“I’m also really pleased to say that the 2018 Education Focus Prize, Takatū Prize, will celebrate outstanding inclusive practices that enable all children and young people with additional learning needs to succeed.”
Now in their fifth year, the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are about recognising and celebrating the fantastic work being done in schools and early learning services across the country to support children and young people to achieve their very best.
“The entries over the past four years have shown what a big difference excellent teachers, principals, boards of trustees and others have, not only on the children and young people in their classrooms but also on the wider community,” says Ms Kaye.
The awards cover early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling, as well as Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.
The four main categories are:Excellence in Engaging – Atahāpara Award: This award celebrates working together as a community to transform relationships and achievement, leading to improved and sustained outcomes for all children and young people. Excellence in Leading – Atakura Award: This award celebrates leadership and influence that have strengthened professional capability and created a change in conditions, leading to improved and sustained outcomes for all children and young people. Excellence in Teaching and Learning – Atatū Award: This award celebrates teaching that transforms the learning of all children and young people, and achieves improved and sustained outcomes for them all. Excellence in Governing – Awatea Award: This award celebrates governance and management that create the conditions for leading and teaching that improve and sustain outcomes for all children and young people.
The winning entry in each category receives $20,000 and a professional development opportunity. The four category winners will be eligible for the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award, which will go to the partnership or group that has had the most impact on raising student achievement. The winner of the Supreme Award receives an additional $30,000.
A further prize is awarded each year focusing on a different part of the education system, with the 2018 Education Focus Prize, Takatū Prize, celebrating outstanding, inclusive practices that enable all children and young people with additional learning needs to succeed.
“I know there is great work taking place across New Zealand in all the areas covered by these awards,” says Ms Kaye.
“The finalists and winners of these awards come from a wide range of communities and from across the education system. Previous winners include a Kōhanga Reo, Puna Reo, kindergarten, early childhood education centres, primary, intermediate and secondary schools, a teen parenting unit, a health school and a trades academy.
“This year we have made it easier to be considered for multiple categories and I really hope that everyone will consider giving it a go, and put in an entry for the 2018 awards.
“I’d like all parents, board members, teachers, principals and students to suggest to their school or early learning service that this is their year to enter.
“We have so many positive stories to tell across education and this is just one of the ways of celebrating the immense dedication, determination and excellence of those involved in education.”
Entries open on Monday 11 September 2017 and close on Friday 23 March 2018. Entry forms and information will be available at pmawards.education.govt.nz
Finalists will be announced in May 2018 and a national awards ceremony will be held in Christchurch in June.
Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today that applications have opened for Youth Fund 2018.
“Youth Fund supports community initiatives that are designed and led by young people, or youth organisations working in partnership with young people,” says Ms Kaye.
“This is about building the capabilities and resilience of our young people, and supporting them to develop new skills through volunteering, mentoring and leadership opportunities.
“At the same time, it’s also about enabling young people to get more involved with their local community, so they feel more connected and have an opportunity to give something back to their community.”
A total of $200,000 will be available in 2018, and applications can be made for amounts between $2,000 and $7000.
“Young people make up the panel which assesses applications, so this is very much a youth-led initiative,” says Ms Kaye.
“Recipients of funding from last year’s Youth Fund came up with a diverse range of community-focused projects. These saw young people involved in learning more about the democratic process, supporting siblings of people with disabilities, providing hospice care, delivering artistic productions and cultivating a community vegetable garden.
“We have so many young people with great ideas and a great sense of community spirit, and it’s always heartening to see the initiatives they come up with.
“I’m sure the applicants for funding in 2018 will have some fantastic projects they’re keen to turn into reality, so I encourage all young people aged from 12 to 24 to apply.”
Applications for Youth Fund 2018 close at 2pm on Friday 29 September 2017.
More information is available here.
The Government is committing more than $50 million to the full redevelopment of Whangarei Boys’ High School, in one of the largest-ever single investments in a New Zealand school.
“The rebuild will see all existing teaching spaces either refurbished or replaced entirely, and the number of classrooms will be increased to accommodate a growing roll,” Education Minister Nikki Kaye says.
“This will equip the school with outstanding modern facilities, ensuring the students who come here will benefit not only from quality teaching but also a quality learning environment.
“The Ministry of Education has been working with Whangarei Boys’ High School for the last two years on this project, and Cabinet approved funding for the redevelopment last month.
“This is great news for the school and local communities, with Whangarei Boys’ High School catering for students from Whangarei and surrounding areas.”
Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe says the school has faced considerable challenges due to ageing buildings and weather-tightness issues, making this one of the most complex school redevelopments in New Zealand.
“The redevelopment will likely be delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP), alongside Scott Point Primary (Auckland), the co-location of Marlborough Boys’ and Marlborough Girls’ Colleges and Pukekohe Belmont Primary,” Mr Macindoe says.
“PPPs can provide significant cost savings and efficiency gains, and these projects could benefit from such a model, should we choose to proceed this way.
“In 2013, the Government committed to redeveloping 30 schools with the most complex infrastructure issues. Today’s announcement represents the 36th school to be redeveloped, with over $700 million invested so far.
“A total of 37 new schools have also been approved or built since 2013.”
The Whangarei Boys’ High redevelopment is expected to commence in 2019 and be complete by 2022.
At our campaign launch last weekend, we announced National’s education plan to back young New Zealander’s and empower parents, teachers and schools.
It was more than just words.
A National-led Government will invest $379 million to provide our school students with stronger maths, technology and languages skills, as well as updating National Standards to give parents and teachers better information about how students are performing and where they need more support
So, what are we doing?
First, we’ll provide every primary school student the opportunity to learn a second language.
If we want our children to succeed on the world stage, they need to be good cross-cultural communicators.
That is why National will invest $160 million over four years to provide schools and Communities of Learning with more expert language teachers, language specialists and online resources.
Second, we’re committing to improve the maths skills of primary school students by investing an extra $126 million over four years. Maths is a fundamental subject that gives children vital problem solving skills for life.
We’ve set an ambitious target of having 80 per cent of 13 year olds at or above National Standards in maths by 2021, and we’ll give our children and their teachers the tools they need to succeed.
We will directly invest in our teachers by providing 1200 fully funded places a year for teachers wanting to undertake university-level papers targeted at teaching maths to primary students. We’ll also provide intensive support in the classroom to students who need it, in 1000 schools per year that need it the most.
Third, we want support young New Zealanders to succeed in the digital world and will invest $48 million over four years to introduce exciting new digital learning opportunities for senior students.
We’re introducing Digital Academies and Digital Internships for year senior students to give them practical, work-based learning opportunities with leading IT and digital companies.
These opportunities will be a springboard for students who want to pursue a career in this growing sector – building a direct pathway between skills gained in the classroom and jobs in the growing IT industry.
Finally, we’re empowering parents, teachers and schools by investing an extra $45 million to revamp the National Standards to provide more detailed information about how our kids are progressing right throughout the year.
The current reporting system only gives a snapshot of how a child is performing. The new National Standards Plus will provide more information throughout the year about how our kids are progressing at a much more granular level – information that can be accessed online by children and their parents.
By moving reporting online, we’re helping teachers by streamlining paperwork and reducing workloads, meaning they can spend more time with students.
The new system will also help teachers to further tailor their classes by delivering faster, more detailed information about where their children are succeeding and where they might need more attention.
Every part of National’s education package is about investing in and embracing the future of our children.
We’re empowering parents, teachers and schools, providing work-based opportunities in new digital industries, and equipping our kids with the skills they need to succeed in a more digital and internationally connected world.
I’m proud to be the Minister for Education in a government committed to securing, embracing and investing in New Zealand’s future.
Around $3 million will be invested to build six new classrooms at Te Kura Kaupapa o Ngā Uri a Māui in Gisborne, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.
Minister Kaye visited the kura this morning with East Coast MP Anne Tolley to share the good news.
“Te Kura Kaupapa o Ngā Uri a Māui was originally established in 1999 as a kura for years one to eight, and was Gisborne’s first Te Reo total immersion school,” says Ms Kaye.
“In 2013, it was redeveloped as a Year one to 13 wharekura, supporting a local pathway for total immersion delivery of the curriculum.
“The kura has been experiencing significant roll growth, which shows the popularity of kura kaupapa education in the Gisborne region.
“I know the new classrooms announced today will be a welcome addition, and will provide the extra capacity the kura needs as it goes from strength to strength.”
Mr Macindoe says the new classrooms will take the total number of teaching spaces at the kura from 13 to 19.
“Today’s announcement is part of a second phase of investments in roll growth classrooms as part of Budget 2017,” says Mr Macindoe.
“We’re committed to building new classrooms in areas where there’s ongoing growth and where schools have a long-term need for extra capacity.
“Budget 2017 provides a total of $456.5 million for school property, which will deliver six new schools, two school expansions, 11 new special education satellite units and around 305 new classrooms nationwide.
“This is part of a record $5 billion investment by this Government since 2008, aimed at modernising and expanding our schools.”
Education Minister Nikki Kaye says a ceremony today has marked the official opening of Rototuna Senior High School in Hamilton.
The Prime Minister, the Right Hon Bill English, attended the opening ceremony this morning, along with Ms Kaye, Minister Paul Goldsmith, and Ministers David Bennett and Tim Macindoe (as local MPs).
“This fantastic new school, which represents an investment of around $40 million, features a range of flexible learning spaces, performing arts studios, a learning resource centre and special education satellite unit,” says Ms Kaye.
“Rototuna Senior High School is initially catering for Year 11 students, but will grow to a full Year 11 to 13 senior high school in 2019.
“It shares a site and some facilities, including technology areas, visual arts studios, music suites and recording studios, with Rototuna Junior High School, which opened in 2016.
“I’d like to thank the senior school’s founding principal, Natasha Hemara, and the Establishment Board of Trustees led by Megan Campbell, for all their hard work helping to create this state-of-the-art new school.
“With its excellent facilities and vision of ‘Connect, Inspire and Soar’, Rototuna Senior High School will deliver a fantastic learning environment for local students.
“The school is located in the greenfield development area of Rototuna, which is a fast-growing area. To reflect this, master planning for both the junior and senior high schools allows for expansion to accommodate future growth.
“Also on-site and part of the official opening today is the $9.2 million Rototuna Community Recreation Centre, a four-court complex funded jointly by the Ministry of Education and Hamilton City Council.
“This is about recognising the important place schools have in the community, and identifying ways to work together to maximise the benefit of facilities for the whole community.
“I’d like to acknowledge Mayor Andrew King and the Hamilton City Council for their collaborative approach, as well as the financial contribution the Council has made to the Recreation Centre, which will cater to a range of indoor sports such as volleyball, basketball, netball, futsal and badminton.
“Since the investment in Rototuna Senior High School was approved under Budget 2015, the Government has continued to invest in school infrastructure in the Waikato region.
“Over the last two years, we’ve invested over $38 million for various projects, including building new classrooms to meet roll growth, extending Endeavour Primary School and establishing the new Sylvester Primary School.
“This is part of this Government’s record investment of over $5 billion towards upgrading and expanding our schools nationwide.”