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16 April, 2014

PM’s Education Excellence Awards Finalists announced

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the finalists for the inaugural Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

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15 April, 2014

Announcement of further ITE provision

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the five universities the Government will partner with to provide further postgraduate level initial teacher education (ITE) qualifications from 2015.

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10 April, 2014

Ministers welcome hui convened by King Tuheitia

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples have acknowledged the leadership of King Tuheitia and welcomed this weekend’s hui to discuss governance of the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust.

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9 April, 2014

Decision to merge Phillipstown and Woolston Schools

The Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced her decision on the proposed merger of Phillipstown School and Woolston School.

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27 March, 2014

Global Education Ministers arrive for Summit

Ministers of Education from the top performing education systems around the world have started arriving in New Zealand to attend the 4th International Summit on the Teaching Profession (Summit), which starts tomorrow.

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22 March, 2014

Ministers launch education portal

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today launched a new digital portal for teachers, students and education administrators with Crown-owned company Network for Learning (N4L).

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19 March, 2014

Te Pataka Ohanga referred to Serious Fraud Office

Education Ministers Hekia Parata and Dr Pita Sharples have referred matters relating to Te Pataka Ohanga, a private company owned by the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board, to the Serious Fraud Office.

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18 March, 2014

Release of independent audit into Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Minister of Education, Dr Pita Sharples have released the independent review of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, which shows the Trust’s financial controls are effective.

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17 March, 2014

Minister rejects claims on funding changes

Education Minister Hekia Parata has rejected claims that the Government is looking to fund schools according to student performance.

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13 March, 2014

New legislation to strengthen the education sector

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata welcomed the first reading of the Education Amendment Bill in Parliament today, which will make a number of legislative changes aimed at strengthening the education profession.

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13 March, 2014

New schools announced for Hamilton

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced progress towards establishing two new schools in Hamilton.

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13 March, 2014

Global Education Ministers to attend Summit

Education Minister Hekia Parata says that it is a credit to the quality of our education system that nearly 20 Ministers of Education from the top performing education systems around the world are coming to New Zealand later this month to attend the International Summit on the Teaching Profession.

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9 March, 2014

$2.7 million to lift achievement of at-risk-students

Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced the Government is investing $2.7 million over four years in an initiative which will provide help and support for at-risk students enrolled in Te Kura - the Correspondence School.

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8 March, 2014

Girls doing well in education

Education Minister Hekia Parata has released statistics on how well girls are achieving in education, acknowledging International Women’s Day.

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5 March, 2014

Students to rise to The Challenge in honour of fallen heroes

Education Minister Hekia Parata today launched a new school competition to continue the living legacy and heroism of the 28th (Māori) Battalion.

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4 March, 2014

New PPP school procurement announced

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that building and maintaining four new schools around New Zealand could be delivered using a public private partnership (PPP).

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4 March, 2014

‘Better Information for Parents’ now available

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the launch of a Ministry of Education project to encourage more families to ‘be involved, get enrolled’ in quality early childhood education (ECE).

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3 March, 2014

Minister announces establishment of new schools for Rolleston

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the establishment of two new schools to cater for the growing population in Rolleston.

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28 February, 2014

Minister announces establishment of new school for the Aranui Community Campus

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the establishment of a Year 1-13 school to provide education to children and young people in east Christchurch as part of the new Aranui Community Campus. The school will be built on the current Aranui High School site and will open for term 1, 2017.

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26 February, 2014

The NZ Spelling Bee celebrates tenth birthday

Education Minister Hekia Parata celebrated the tenth birthday of The New Zealand Spelling Bee at an event at Rata Street School in Wellington today.

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21 February, 2014

New guide to help students reach their full potential

Health Minister Tony Ryall and Education Minister Hekia Parata have today launched a new guide designed to help deliver better health services for secondary school students.

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21 February, 2014

Festivals of Education Programmes Launched Today

Programmes for the Festival of Education are now being finalised, Education Minister Hekia Parata says.

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20 February, 2014

NCEA ‘Power Up’ Pasifika success

An expanded Pasifika initiative Power Up for NCEA 2014 has launched this week, following a successful introduction last year, to help Pasifika students with their NCEA study Education Minister Hekia Parata says.

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20 February, 2014

Investment in Early Childhood Education gets results

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed new figures which show more New Zealand children are participating in early childhood education before starting school.

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18 February, 2014

Youth Guarantee helping young people achieve

Around 1,000 more young people remained in education at age 17 and more young people achieved NCEA Level 2 because of Youth Guarantee programmes, a new Ministry of Education report shows.

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17 February, 2014

More students leaving school with NCEA Level 2

The number of students leaving school with an NCEA Level 2 qualification has seen a significant increase across the board in 2013, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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12 February, 2014

2013 NZ Scholarship Award winners announced

Education Minister Hekia Parata today congratulated New Zealand’s top students on becoming the New Zealand Scholarship Award winners for 2013.

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10 February, 2014

Teachers who inspired, focus of new website

A new website aimed at acknowledging the life-long impact that teachers have on their students’ lives has been launched today by the Education Minister, Hon Hekia Parata.

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10 February, 2014

Speech to the Hutt Valley Primary Science Education Network

Thank you Mayor Wallace for your kind introduction; and thank you also Dr Caroline Seelig, I am very pleased to be able to join you for the launch of the Hutt Valley Primary Science Education Network.

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5 February, 2014

Design Group meets on new education initiative

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the first meeting of the working group that will recommend the best design detail for the four new teacher and principal roles, announced by the Prime Minister at the beginning of the year.

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