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27 August, 2015

Original waiata wins Supreme Award

A Year 8 student who composed and sung his own waiata has won the Supreme Award for a school competition honouring the 28th (Māori) Battalion, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

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12 August, 2015

120,000 kids now in Communities of Schools

Education Minister Hekia Parata says it's fantastic that more than 120,000 kids are now in 42 Communities of Schools committed to working together to raise student achievement.

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12 August, 2015

Consultation over Turakina Māori Girls’ College

Education Minister Hekia Parata has initiated consultation with the board of trustees and proprietor of Turakina Māori Girls’ College over the future of the school.

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11 August, 2015

More Asian languages in schools

Twenty-two groups of schools have won funding to establish new Mandarin, Japanese or Korean programmes, or expand existing ones, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

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10 August, 2015

Students gear up for Maths Week

Education Minister Hekia Parata says Maths Week, which starts today, shows the real-life importance of mathematics in a fun and engaging way.

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31 July, 2015

Aranui education vision takes shape

Education Minister Hekia Parata today planted a mānuka tree at the Aranui Community School site to mark the official start of construction.

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30 July, 2015

Trades Academies “overwhelmingly positive”

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed a report showing that Trades Academies are delivering “overwhelmingly positive outcomes” for students.

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27 July, 2015

Minister celebrates 40th Māori Language Week

Education Minister Hekia Parata encourages all New Zealanders to celebrate and engage in Māori Language Week (Te Wiki o te reo Māori).

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26 July, 2015

New classrooms confirmed to meet Auckland growth

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today confirmed that more than 230 new classrooms are on-track to be delivered over the next 18 months to help meet increasing rolls in Auckland.

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24 July, 2015

Another chance for kids

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she has given Te Pumanawa o te Wairua in Northland a chance to continue operating because of her concerns about finding other educational opportunities for its students.

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23 July, 2015

Court of Appeal upholds the Ministry’s product liability claim

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye have welcomed today’s judgement from the Court of Appeal about the Ministry of Education’s case against Carter Holt Harvey over leaky school buildings.

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23 July, 2015

Exciting progress in educational achievement

Education Minister Hekia Parata says a regional breakdown showing the proportion of 18-year-olds with NCEA Level 2 rising in each of the country’s 16 local body regions is exciting.

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22 July, 2015

Next steps for Western East Cape Schools

Education Minister Hekia Parata has initiated a second round of consultation over the future of Raukokore School, Te Kura o Ōmaio and Te Whānau-a-Apanui Area School in Western East Cape.

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21 July, 2015

Agreement clears way for educational progress

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed an agreement between the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa on how schools will work together to lift student achievement.

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6 July, 2015

UNESCO appointment announced

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the appointment of Dr Arapata Hakiwai to the New Zealand National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

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6 July, 2015

Progress a tribute to teachers

Today’s Better Public Service (BPS) update showing the Government is on track to achieve its goal of lifting the proportion of 18-year-olds with NCEA Level 2 is a tribute to the hard work and professionalism of teachers and principals, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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6 July, 2015

Schools funded to trial innovative approaches

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the successful applicants for a new $10 million fund to encourage innovative teaching practices.

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3 July, 2015

NZ educators among the world’s best

New Zealand’s teaching profession is amongst the most highly trained, best qualified, and most experienced in the world, Education Minister Hekia Parata says.

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1 July, 2015

NZQA congratulated on 25 years of service

Education Minister Hekia Parata has congratulated the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) on 25 years of service to education.

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1 July, 2015

Dawn of a new era for education

Today marks a new era for teachers as the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand opens its doors, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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30 June, 2015

Fewer students being suspended

A drop in the number of school students being suspended, stood-down, excluded and expelled has been welcomed by Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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26 June, 2015

Mt Albert Primary School set for lift in learning

Students at Auckland’s Mt Albert Primary School are set for a lift in learning thanks to the opening of a new classroom block, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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26 June, 2015

Auckland to showcase educational excellence

Auckland is to host a major international education event in November, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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25 June, 2015

New fund inspires new approaches to learning

“Forty one projects have won funding worth a total of about $2.6 million in the first round of grants from the Teacher-Led Innovation Fund,” says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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18 June, 2015

Lifetime of contribution recognised

The lifetime education award presented to Dr Adrienne Alton-Lee recognises a major contribution to raising educational achievement, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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17 June, 2015

2015 Education Excellence Awards Winners

Education Minister Hekia Parata has congratulated Gisborne Boys’ High School on being chosen as the winner of the Supreme Award at the 2015 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

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4 June, 2015

Speech to the New Zealand Initiative launch of Un(ac)countable: Why millions on maths returned little

As the Minister of Education speaking at the launch of a report that is critical of the education system I confess to feeling a little like Marie Antoinette approaching the guillotine.

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3 June, 2015

Membership of new education body announced

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the make-up of the new teacher professional body, the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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29 May, 2015

Increase in achievement levels hailed

A further increase in the proportion of students achieving NCEA has been hailed by Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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28 May, 2015

Trailblazing education body a step closer

“Today’s gazetting of the official start date for the Education Council (EDUCANZ) is another step along the path towards the creation of a trailblazing professional leadership body,” Education Minister Hekia Parata says.

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