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Pasifika dual language books


The Pasifika dual language resources are designed to support the early language and literacy learning of Pasifika new entrant students in English-medium classrooms.

Teacher and parent support material accompanies these resources. Many of the dual language books are available as PDFs and all the books are available as MP3 audio files.

Print copies of the texts are available from Down the Back of the Chair.

The resources are in five Pasifika languages – Samoan, Tongan, Tokelauan, Cook Islands Māori and Niuean – and English.

New Venice Biennale digital learning resource in 2017

New Venice Biennale digital learning resource in 2017


In May 2017, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa will launch a digital resource for classroom learning about New Zealand at the Venice Biennale.

The resource will focus on artist Lisa Reihana, New Zealand’s representative at the 2017 Venice Biennale and will provide a set of teaching units for Visual Arts and Social Science learning areas, years 7–13.

Sign up to Te Papa’s learning newsletter for more information.

Ngāue Fakataha ki he Ako ’a e Fānau — Schools and Parents and Families Working Together to Better Understand and Support Pasifika Students’ Progress and Achievement at School


Three reports are available on the research and development project Ngāue Fakataha ki he Ako ’a e Fānau — Schools and Parents and Families Working Together to Better Understand and Support Pasifika Students’ Progress and Achievement at School

The reports include key findings and outcomes, recommendations, and guide tools.

Outcomes include a Talanoa Ako Fakataha/Talatalanoaga Faalea’oa’oga Cycle (‘Talanoa Ako Cycle’).

School traffic safety team manual updated


The School Traffic Safety Team Manual is the guide for New Zealand schools operating

  • school patrols
  • school wardens
  • bus wardens.

The manual was revised in October 2016.

The manual can be downloaded as a PDF file and all of the chapters are available to read online.

Supporting documents can also be found on this page.

Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards 2017


The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards 2017 are now open for entries.

The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary, and secondary schooling.

There are four award categories, and an additional Education Focus prize for an innovative use of digital technologies that meets the aspirations of students, their whānau and communities, and achieves improved outcomes for children and young people.

Entries close at 4:00pm, Friday 17 March 2017.

If you have any questions about your entry visit the FAQs page.

New online guide to help schools plan innovative learning environments


Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the release of an online guide, Planning an inclusive learning environment to help schools plan new builds and building modifications that meet the needs of all students.

“This is a very useful and comprehensive resource. It takes schools through all the components they need to think about when planning a new learning environment,” says Ms Parata.

“New Zealand is diverse and every child has different learning needs. Each one of them deserves to feel included and valued at school. This guide will help principals, teachers and boards of trustees to take into account the different needs of students when planning innovative and inclusive learning environments.”

More information on Enabling e-Learning »

Getting the best e-asTTle experience during the current peak period


As November is the peak period of use for e-asTTle, we would like to advise you how to get the best experience for your students. 

In the days before your students actually sit the test:

  • Ensure all your students are loaded into e-asTTle
  • Do not load .ast files between 9:00am–3:00pm
  • Prepare early by creating and assign testing before the date required
  • Print off student logins the day before testing

On the day of testing:

  •  Consider testing students in the afternoon. The number of students sitting tests tends to be lower in the afternoon.  
  •  If you or your students have an issue, in the first instance clear your browser history, then click on link for e-asTTle FAQ's or e-asTTle Help

'Get Firewise' resources


The New Zealand Fire Service offers a range of fire-safety education resources for early childhood, kōhanga reo, primary, and year 7 and 8 students.

The education resources are designed to be delivered by teachers and kaiako. They can be supported by firefighters with a school visit and fire-safety presentation.

Resources are free to schools and can be ordered using the form on this page.

A NZ Fire Services poster [PDF] has five steps schools can take to help minimise the risk of arson. It can be downloaded from the NZ Fire Services website.

What’s the Plan, Stan?


The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has relaunched What’s the Plan Stan?, a guide for teaching emergency preparedness in primary classrooms. 

The resource explores six impacts students may face in an emergency event and how they can prepare for an emergency situation.

Tihei Pāngarau: Te Ahumoni, Taumata 4, e-ako 1


This is the first in a series of digital interactive learning modules relating to Financial Capability. It is part of the Tihei Pāngarau family of learning resource materials, is targetted at level 4 of the curriculum, and includes learning about:

  • needs and wants;
  • the place of money for a family to secure their needs and wants;
  • the various pathways that individuals and families receive income;
  • financial decisions around saving and spending.

The module includes aspects of Financial Capability relating to both mathematics and social studies, as well as being illustrated through proverb and story.