Education Projects

Te Pukeiti Early Childhood Centre

The philosophy of Te Pukeiti (TPECC) is to foster and nurture the current and evolving needs of Maniapoto whānau. A holistic methodology towards care and education must come from a whānau approach. Maniapoto descendants and other iwi whānau residing in the area will attain knowledge of our rohe, its dialect and protocols. Māori success in education is New Zealand’s success.

Programme Components
There are five key programme components to Te Pukeiti services:

  • Te Taiao (The Natural Environment)
  • Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho (Celestial Gifts to Maniapoto)
  • Whānau Ora (Happy and Healthy Whānau)
  • Whanaungatanga (Communication and Relationships)
  • He Anga Whakamua (Planning, Goal Setting and Moving Forward

2016-17 Milestones

  • 4 whānau events including Matariki mid-year disco, Halloween disco, whānau kaitahi and end of year Christmas whānau kaitahi
  • 5 successful fundraising events
  • Placed 40 Earlyhood Child Eductation aged tamariki in a quality ECE service and improved NCEA Level 2 outcomes for 80 rangatahi  in partnership with 2 Maniapoto agencies
  • Increased number of fulltime tamariki place at TPECC to 53

2015-16 Milestones

  • Completed Ngā Tamariki o Rereahu kaupapa workshop
  • 90% achievement of planned improvement targets for TPECC

2014-15 Milestones

  • Completed professional development and ngā puna (supported playgroups) contracts and milestones
  • Completed Ngā Tamariki o Rereahu pukapuka with the Matauranga Advisory Group (still to be published)
  • Completed the review and restructure of NPoM services which has resulted in the retention of only one (rather than two) licensed service – Te Pukeiti Early Childhood Centre (TPECC)
  • Incremental implementation of TPECC whanau agreed fees structure

2014-15 Highlights

  • Increased number of tamariki places at TPECC to 50
  • Completed ERO review of both Te Pito Homebased Service and TPECC
  • Introduction of Healthy Heart menu for tamariki
  • End of year whānau celebration and continued active engagement with the TPECC whanau group
  • Maintained criteria for quality funding of TPECC

Past TPECC Events

Te Io Wānanga
In 2014, tamariki and whānau worked hard to celebrate our tūpuna, creating their own costumes that would describe the tamariki of Rereahu  – Te Ihingārangi, Maniapoto, Matakore, Tuwhakahekeao, Tūrongotapuarau, Te Io Wānanga, Kinohaku, Te Rongorito, Kahuariari.

These costumes showed the gift that each tūpuna held and shared. The celebrations were well received by whānau followed by a Kai-Hakari (feast).

The feedback received by attendees was all positive, and greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn about their tūpuna and be able to pass it on to future generations. Parents and whānau were so proud of their tamariki and the confidence this event gave to all of the children.

The day was a success and a great way to celebrate our tupuna Te Io Wānanga.

Haerenga ki te Maunga ō Ruapehu
With the help of all staff and whānau members, the tamariki of NPoM were able to take a trip to Mount Ruapehu. A total of 101 whānau attended the haerenga in September 2014.

During the trip, teachers gaged conversations about the maunga and the significance of the area. This was a great whānau event celebrating the precious taonga we have in our backyard.

Other Projects

2016-17 Highlights

  • Supported Waikato Tainui in the development of 12-day Turongo me Mahingaarangi leaders by design summit to promote innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Active participation in Waitomo and Otorohanga Community of Learning

2015-16 Highlights

  • Progressed 1 curriculum development initiative – Poutautoko role pilot for working in schools
  • Partnered with 2 Maniapoto agencies to place 20 ECE aged tamariki in a quality ECE service and improve the NCEA Level 2 outcomes for 20 rangatahi

2014-15 Highlights

  • Initiated rangatahi trip to Kiingitanga Day at Waikato University
  • Supported the Maniapoto Youth Biodiversity Forum

Maniapoto Education Strategy – Waikahika

Waikahika Key messages

Appropriate education opportunities
Support Marae history wānanga
Maniapoto mentoring programme
Maniapoto curriculum
Broker relationships with education providers and whānau
Compulsory te reo in schools
Kaumātua in schools teaching history
Build strategic relationships – Crown/Iwi
Set up a Maniapoto education authority
More Maori teachers
Early childhood is important let’s get it right

View Education Strategy

Kawa Whanaungatanga

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board signed a Kawa (agreement) with the Ministry of Education in May 2015 that will improve the nature and quality of the existing and future relationship between Maniapoto and the Ministry. It acknowledges Māori achieving education success as Māori. Identity, language and culture are essential building blocks in a platform for education success. In a Maori context iwi are the repositories and experts in these areas.

The Kawa is a 2 year contract covering milestones such as – Early Childhood participation, Improving numeracy & literacy, whānau education action plans, Kaumātua / Kuia participation in schools, Māori resource development and increasing NCEA level 2 attainment

A resource for parents/caregivers of school age tamariki

It’s Parent – teacher interview time.  Here’s a guide ERO produced for parents.

Who is this booklet for?

The Education Review Office (ERO) has written this booklet for everyone who parents a child – those who have care and responsibility for children attending a school. The word ‘parent’ is used in this book to include parents, caregivers, wha- nau and aiga.

Asking questions at school is one way you can find out how your child is doing, and also gives the teacher a chance to talk to you about how you can be involved.