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Paekupu is a new website that will house all dictionaries that support the implementation of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. The dictionaries will identify and provide detailed explanations of the technical language used within each learning area of the marau and provide examples of how the terminology can be used within a learning context.

Initially Paekupu will house two sections of the Ngā Toi dictionary currently under development however, it will be continually supplemented with further dictionaries so that Māori medium teachers and students will be able to start accessing specialist curriculum-based language from a single online portal. Toi Ataata (visual arts) and Toi Puoro (music) will go-live first, then Ngā Mahi ā te Rēhia (performing arts) will be added on its completion in June 2017. This will be followed by Te Reo Matatini (literacy) in December 2018. Pūtaiao (science) and Pāngarau (maths) will also be brought into Paekupu at a later date and other similar resources will be added as they are developed.

Rūaumoko - The Rumbling Voice


Rūaumoko - The Rumbling Voice, is an interactive educational digital book narrated by Deaf Māori students in Te Reo Turi/New Zealand Sign Language. It tells the story of Rūaumoko, the Māori God of Earthquakes, and looks at the relationship of this deity to Deaf Māori people. Produced as an educational resource, this digital book was developed over an intensive five day workshop held in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Kelston Deaf Education Centre, CORE Education Ltd and KIWA Digital. This narration is supported by text and audio in te reo Māori and English.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games


The Rio 2016 Olympic Games take place from 5 to 21 August, and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games are from 7 to 18 September. 
The Olympic Games provide a useful context for meeting the intent of The New Zealand Curriculum.
New Zealand Curriculum Online has a collection of teaching ideas and resources to help you share the Olympic spirit with your school and community.

Supporting effective teacher aide practice


The teacher aide guide on the Inclusive Education website provides guidance for school leaders on how to strengthen the work of teacher aides.

The guide brings together all the latest research, literature, and practice information on the support teacher aides need to be effective in their roles.

The guide links to a new series of videos talking about and demonstrating effective teacher practice.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 4–10 July 2016


Te Wiki o te Reo Māori takes place this year between Monday 4 July and Sunday 10 July. The kaupapa for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2016 is Ākina Te Reo – Give te reo Māori a go! which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire, and to cheer on.

In support of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori the Ministry of Education has sent a one off distribution of resources into schools. These resources have been developed by Te Taura Whiri, the Māori Language Commission and are available for digital download on their site http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/what-we-do/events-and-promotions/maori-language-week/te-wiki-o-te-reo-maori-resources/

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori provides an opportunity to celebrate and learn te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language. 

Te Taura Whiri has developed 50 phrases in te reo Māori that are simple to use. The phrases will be related to sports events, starting with the Olympics and continuing with other sports and events during the year. The phrases will encourage communities to rally behind our athletes.

NZ Curriculum Online offers ideas, links, and stories to help schools engage with their families and whānau to support the learning of te reo Māori in both the school and home environment.

New professional learning and development website


Education Services has a new website that explains how professional learning and development (PLD) is being changed from 2017.

The site explains what PLD is focussed on, who delivers it, and how schools, kura and Communities of Learning can access it.

The new website will have the most up-to-date information about the changes.

Find out more...

WEBINAR: Building digital connections with your community


In this webinar, CLA advisors Renee Raroa, Viv Hall, and panelists discuss ways to build digital connections with your community.

When: 15:45 - 16:45, 29 Jun 2016

Venue: Adobe Connect

Fees: FREE

Organiser: Connected Learning Advisory — Te Ara Whītiki

Find out more and register online......



The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last days of May or early June every year. The Māori New Year is marked by the rise of this star cluster and the sighting of the next new moon. 

In 2016, Matariki will start on 6 June.

By celebrating Matariki at your school you can bring a range of New Zealand curriculum principles to life. Students can explore values, develop key competencies, and examine social science concepts.

This resource page from NZ Curriculum Online has ideas and resources that teachers and students can use to get involved and celebrate with their school community.

Grass Roots Ideas Initiative


If you have been using technology in a way that is innovative, or you have a brand new idea you would like to trial, the Grass Roots Ideas Initiative wants to hear from you!

The Grass Roots Ideas Initiative wants to work with teachers and school leaders to identify, test, and share learning ideas which take advantage of the internet, digital devices, digital resources, and/or digital tools.

The Ministry of Education will support successful applicants by:

  • funding release time for the person or people leading the change in practice
  • providing mentoring support from a Grass Roots Ideas Advisor throughout the application process and idea investigation

Find out more.......

Secondary schools in 2015


This report provides a comprehensive picture of the current experiences and challenges for secondary schools in New Zealand. It presents the findings from NZCER's national survey of secondary schools, conducted in July and August 2015.  

It includes the perspectives of principals, teachers, parents, and board of trustee members on a wide range of issues.

You can download either the full report, or any of the thematic chapters.