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Raranga Matihiko | Weaving digital futures


The Raranga Matihiko | Weaving Digital Futures programme aims to empower ākonga/kaiako to think, challenge, and create with digital technologies in authentic integrated experiences. Students solve real-world problems, while enriching their knowledge of their communities and regions. 

Te Papa has partnered with Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, Tamaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, and MTG Museum in Hawkes Bay to deliver this programme in the Northland, Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, and Wellington regions for all decile 1–3 schools and kura.

Book or inquire about the programme at rarangamatihiko@tepapa.govt.nz.

The newly launched website has a growing range of teaching and learning resources available to all. 

Matariki – the Māori New Year


Matariki is the Māori name for a group of stars known as the Pleiades star cluster. The Māori New Year is marked by the rise of this star cluster and the sighting of the next new moon. 

In 2019, the Matariki cluster will set on 27 May and return from 25-28 June. The Matariki period is 25 June-3 July. 

Matariki provides an opportunity for students to explore the values of diversity, community, and participation, and respect for self and others.

New Zealand Curriculum Online has many suggestions for celebrating Matariki with students and their communities, and has links to supporting websites and resources.

Ministry of Education webinar on Technology Online: NCEA review & the review of achievement standards – What do they mean for technology?

Ministry of Education webinar on Technology Online: NCEA review & the review of achievement standards – What do they mean for technology?


Wednesday, 5 June, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm

Kate Curtis and Nathan Owen, Senior Advisers at the Ministry of Education, will give an overview of the recently announced changes to NCEA.

They will also share details of the upcoming Ministry Review of Achievement Standards, and what this review will mean for technology.

Register here 

Using Minecraft as a tool for learning


Enabling e-Learning has information and support material to help you get started with using Minecraft Education Edition, free to all NZ students and school staff to December 2021.

Find out what makes Minecraft a powerful learning tool, and explore the step-by-step online training module with everything teachers need to know about using Minecraft.

Starter kits include lesson plans, projects, and challenges organised into learning areas.

Ngārimu video competition


The 2019 Ngārimu video competition is an opportunity for students to learn more about the deeds and the history of the 28th (Māori) Battalion. While it is open to anyone, the competition is aimed at Māori students ranging from Year 7-13.

Entries should be in the form of a short 3-5 minute video.

There are two prize streams, te reo Māori and English/bilingual, and generous cash prizes for the winners.

The competition closes 26 July 2019. More details on the Ministry of Education's website.

Secondary schools in 2018: Findings from the NZCER national survey


Key findings from NZCER’s latest survey of secondary schools, conducted in August and September 2018. NZCER has carried out these surveys every 3 years since 2003, providing a comprehensive national picture of what is happening in our schools, how things have changed over time, and the impact of policy changes. They also give insights into how teachers, principals, trustees, and parents and whānau experience New Zealand's secondary education system.

TeachNZ scholarships 2019


Applications for 2019 TeachNZ scholarships are now open for the third and final time, closing 14 June 2019. There are still places available for the following scholarships:

2019 TeachNZ Science, Technology and Maths Secondary

• 2019 TeachNZ Māori Medium (Primary) and Te Reo Māori (Secondary or Wharekura)

2019 TeachNZ Career Changer Scholarships

Visit the TeachNZ website for more information. If you have any questions about these scholarships email TeachNZ.Admin@education.govt.nz or call 0800 165 225.

Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa 26 May–1 June 2019


Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa is being held this year from Sunday 26 May to Saturday 1 June to celebrate the identity, language, and culture of students from Sāmoa and students whose families are from Sāmoa.

This page from New Zealand Curriculum Online links to a range of resources and suggestions to help you get involved.

Technology Online webinar: Interdisciplinary product design, materials technology, and applied chemistry. 15 May, 3.45 pm–4.45 pm

Technology Online webinar: Interdisciplinary product design, materials technology, and applied chemistry. 15 May, 3.45 pm–4.45 pm


Come along on Wednesday, 15 May, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm to hear Julie Clement (HOD Technology, Wellington Girls' College) and Paul Holmes (Assistant HOD Science/Chemistry, Wellington Girls' College ) talk about the work they have been doing together developing a programme of learning that integrates materials technology, scholarship, and applied chemistry.  

At the webinar, there will also be time for you to ask Julie and Paul your questions about their programme.

Register here

New Zealand Music Month May 2019


New Zealand Curriculum Online's resource page has a rich collection of links to classroom ideas, teaching resources, and activities to help you celebrate New Zealand Music Month with your students.

New Zealand Music Month provides a useful context for students to develop understandings in several learning areas.