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8 August 2019 – New Zealanders’ ignorance on the Holocaust should spur us to action, The Spinoff. NZARE member Dr Melissa Derby (Auckland University of Technology), who teaches on NZ’s only university course on the Holocaust, writes about the importance of addressing NZers’ ignorance of the Holocaust.
7 August 2019 – New Zealanders’ ignorance of the Holocaust must change, Scoop/Auckland University of Technology. NZARE member Dr Melissa Derby (Auckland University of Technology) comments on new survey findings showing NZers’ ignorance related to the Holocaust.
7 August 2019 – Multiple campaigns declare crisis for Māori rights, Scoop/Kia Mau. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is among those commenting on New Zealand’s handling of indigenous rights in the context of ongoing campaigns related to land, water and children’s rights.
30 July 2019 – ‘Hands off our Tamariki’ heads to parliament, Radio NZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is interviewed on behalf of the ‘Hands off our Tamariki’ network as they travel to parliament to submit the network’s open letter about state removals of Māori children.
26 July 2019 – Appointments to Performance-Based Research Fund review panel, Scoop/Ministry of Education. NZARE life member Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith CNZM is appointed chair of the 6-member panel tasked with reviewing the Performance-Based Research Fund, the mechanism by which the research performance of New Zealand degree-granting institutions is assessed and rewarded through subsequent funding allocations.
1 July 2019 – An appetite for educational change, Newsroom. NZARE member Associate Professor Melinda Webber tells us that creating opportunities for Māori students to engage regularly with Māori cultural practices, knowledges and language supports academic achievement, rather than hinders it
28 June 2019 – Please miss, can you teach us about climate change? Stuff. NZARE’s immediate past co-president Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie argues that climate change must become part of the school curriculum.
28 June 2019 – Hands Off Our Tamariki urges PM Jacinda Ardern to acknowledge Oranga Tamariki abuses, Radio NZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is the spokesperson for Hands Off Our Tamariki, a network of Māori academics and lawyers responding to Oranga Tamariki’s controversial policies and practices.
26 June 2019 – National conference on climate change, disarmament, Scoop/United Nations Association of New Zealand. NZARE co-president Dr Mere Skerrett is a guest speaker at the UNANZ National Conference. She spoken on non-aggression and indigenous and colonial history.
25 June 2019 – Government makes a start in tackling education inequality, Newsroom. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama argues that both personal and institutional racism must be tackled in order to generate improvements for Māori children.
20 June 2019 – ‘Whānau and community’ seen as solutions toward helping Māori children, Newstalk ZB. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama emphasises the importance of Māori children’s connections to their whānau and community.
14 June 2019 – Advocates rally around letter demanding end to uplifting babies, Radio NZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is among those calling for urgent change at Oranga Tamariki / Ministry for Children.
12 June 2019 – Marking the Wellbeing Budget on education, Newsroom. NZARE members Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie and Professor Mere Berryman respond to the education provision in the government’s Wellbeing Budget.
11 June 2019 – Professionals welcome restored funding for gifted learners, Education Central. NZARE members Dr Nadine Ballam, Justine Hughes, and Associate Professor Tracy Riley – all board members of giftEDnz – comment on the $5 million allocated in the Education Budget to support the learning and wellbeing of gifted students in New Zealand.
11 June 2019 – Expert panel extends Te Kotahitanga kaupapa across all ages, Waatea News. NZARE member Professor Mere Berryman comments on this week’s announcement that a new project based on Te Kotahitanga will be rolled out to rid schools of racism and bias against Māori learners.
10 June 2019 – Rename and reboot for Te Kotahitanga as lessons learned, Waatea News. A new initiative entitled Te Hurihanganui will be rolled out into NZ schools to provide classroom support and professional development aimed at addressing racism and bias against Māori learners. NZARE member Professor Mere Berryman led the development of both the new Te Hurihanganui initiative and the previous Te Kotahitanga initiative, on which Te Hurihanganui is based.
10 June 2019 – Air New Zealand allows staff to show tattoos, Stuff. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama comments on Air New Zealand’s shift in stance toward staff showing tā moko and other tattoos at work.
10 June 2019 – Budget 2019: Government pumps millions into ridding schools of Māori racism, bias, Newshub. Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis has announced that $42 million over three years will be invested into the Te Hurihanganui initiative, which aims to rid schools of racism and bias against Māori learners. Te Hurihanganui was developed by a Ministry of Education team led by NZARE member Professor Mere Berryman.
23 May 2019 – Rangatiratanga key to kaupapa funding, Waatea News. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama emphasises the need for the kaupapa Māori funding allocated in the government’s 2019 budget to be given to Māori organisations, not government departments.
19 May 2019 – Finally, relief for survivors of sexual violence – but caution remains, Stuff. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama comments on the government’s pre-budget announcements around helping survivors of sexual violence, welcoming the increased funding but challenging the underlying deficit view of family and sexual violence.
10 May 2019 – Baby grab sparks call to remove Moss, Waatea News. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama calls for the removal of Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss because of the increasing number of tamariki Māori taken from whānau under her watch.
10 May 2019 – Oranga Tamariki sees increasing number of child removals over ‘systemic racism’ – researcher, One News. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama criticises the actions of Oranga Tamariki as reflecting “a very punitive, and often uninformed, approach”
1 May 2019 – School leaders struggle to get help for vulnerable students – report, TVNZ Breakfast. NZARE member Dr Linda Bonne is interviewed about the latest NZ Secondary Schools Survey.
30 April 2019 – ‘P babies, aggression, bullying’: Students’ mental health concerns up – survey, Radio NZ. The latest NZ Secondary Schools Survey conducted by NZCER has highlighted teenagers’ mental health, government funding and the supply of good teachers as major issues for our schools. NZARE vice-president Dr Linda Bonne, a Senior Researcher at NZCER, comments on the findings.
26 April 2019 – Whānau first in combating homophobia, Waatea News. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is interviewed after publishing an open letter calling for an end to homophobic and transphobic attacks and abuse.
25 April 2019 – Teaching difficult histories, Radio NZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Joanna Kidman and historian Dr Vincent O’Malley discuss their ongoing research into the role selective memory plays in how we remember difficult moments in Aotearoa’s colonial past.
24 April 2019 – Aotearoa called out for hate and bullying toward LGBTIQ people, Radio NZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama has published an open letter, which has since been signed by over 50 others, calling for an end to hatred and abuse towards takatāpui and LGBTIQ communities.
24 April 2019 – Teacher training numbers up at Massey University and around the country, Stuff. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill comments on rising numbers in NZ initial teacher education programmes.
23 April 2019 – Abandoning reason endangers our survival, Newsroom. NZARE member Professor Elizabeth Rata argues for the existence of an objective reality and criticises the trend toward the acceptance of locally or culturally bound forms of knowledge.
9 April 2019 – World Conference on Health Promotion in Rotorua assesses health education in Kiwi schools, NZHerald. NZARE member Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick is a keynote speaker at the World Conference on Health Promotion, being held this week in Rotorua.
31 March 2019 – The pros and cons of not looking Māori, E-Tangata. NZARE member Liana MacDonald shares her experiences of racism – both personal and institutional – in NZ’s education system.
29 March 2019 – Taskforce lacks a solid case for taking over schools, NZHerald. After attending a public consultation hui on the Tomorrow’s Schools Review proposals and hearing from Review Taskforce member Professor John O’Neill (an NZARE life member), a parent shares her concerns and questions around the evidence base for the new proposals.
27 March 2019 – Do we throw out the music with the man? Education Central. NZARE member Dr Graham McPhail says the Leaving Neverland documentary poses questions about Michael Jackson’s legacy in education generally, and in the music classroom in particular, relating these questions to wider issues around curricular priorities and design.
27 March 2019 – Outspoken Northland principal Pat Newman joins Teaching Council, NZHerald. The results of the elections for the board of the Teaching Council are announced. NZARE immediate past-president Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie has been elected to represent the teacher education sector.
25 March 2019 – White supremacy in our classrooms, Education Central. NZARE member Dr Ann Milne confronts racism in the NZ education system, asking whether the wake-up call we have had as a nation to white supremacy, white superiority, and white privilege will force us to rethink the recommendations of the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce.
22 March 2019 – Inequity is the problem, but are the taskforce recommendations the solution? Education Central. A detailed reflection on a recent public consultation meeting on the Tomorrow’s Schools Review Taskforce’s proposals. NZARE members Dr Cathy Wylie and Professor Mere Berryman who have been part of the Taskforce respond to public queries.
21 March 2019 – We are not your brand: Why Air New Zealand’s tā moko ban must end, The Spinoff. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama challenges Air New Zealand’s selective use of Māori language, knowledge and culture to grow their brand while refusing to employ applicants wearing Māori or other indigenous tattoos.
18 March 2019 – Christchurch mosque attacks a chance to unite and stamp out racism, says Māori leader, Stuff. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama comments along with other Māori leaders on the tragic shootings at two Christchurch mosques, raising issues around New Zealand’s colonial history and racist culture.
16 March 2019 – Our aroha to the Muslim community, Scoop / Te Kotahi Research Institute. A statement by NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama on behalf of the Te Kotahi Research Institute in response to the Christchurch mosque shootings on Friday 15 March.
14 March 2019 – School climate change strike: Mum supports her kids standing up for their values, Stuff. NZARE member Dr Bronwyn Wood offers research-based support for school students engaging in social action such as this week’s school climate strike.
11 March 2019 – Researcher connects culture and maths, Cook Island News. A feature article on NZARE member Dr Jodie Hunter, whose work focuses on culturally sustaining approaches to mathematics education for Pacific learners.
8 March 2019 – Tomorrow’s Schools proposal gets thumbs down at David Seymour’s public meeting, with claims it’s akin to communism, TVNZ. NZARE member Dr Cathy Wylie defends the Tomorrow’s Schools Review Taskforce’s recommendations at a public meeting in Auckland.
6 March 2019 – Tomorrow’s Schools and the debate over Capital Gains Tax, Education Central. NZARE member Professor Martin Thrupp compares the proposals, and the response to the proposals, around Tomorrow’s Schools and the Capital Gains Tax.
4 March 2019 – Māori education needs more than Taskforce has proposed, NZ Herald (also re-published on Education Central). Past NZARE McKenzie Award winner Emeritus Professor Russell Bishop ONZM argues that it is not structural changes at the education system level but rather personal, cultural, relational changes at the classroom level that are needed to transform educational outcomes for Māori students.
4 March 2019 – Movers, shakers & policy makers – Jodie Hunter, Lecturer, Massey University, Education HQ. A feature interview with NZARE member Dr Jodie Hunter.
3 March 2019 – Russell Bishop: Who’s to blame for Māori failures at school? E-Tangata. Past NZARE McKenzie Award winner Emeritus Professor Russell Bishop ONZM is interviewed about his 40-year career investigating and enhancing Māori students’ experiences and outcomes in mainstream NZ schools.
2 March 2019 – They’ve seen the future – it’s not Tomorrow’s Schools, Stuff. NZARE member Professor Martin Thrupp comments on public perceptions of the proposals made by the Tomorrow’s Schools Review Taskforce.
28 February 2019 – Professionals in education praise support package for gifted learners, Scoop/Fuseworks Media. NZARE members Dr Nadine Ballam and Associate Professor Tracy Riley comment on today’s announcement of a $1.27 million funding package for gifted learners in Aotearoa NZ.
27 February 2019 – One night with the man who could change all your children’s futures, NZ Herald. An in-depth feature on one of the series of Tomorrow’s Schools Review consultation meetings being conducted around the country. The featured meeting was hosted by Taskforce chair Bali Haque and Taskforce member Professor Mere Berryman, an NZARE member.
27 February 2019 – Parents to have their say on future schooling system, Scoop/Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce. The Tomorrow’s Schools Review Taskforce (which includes NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill and NZARE members Professor Mere Berryman and Dr Cathy Wylie) call for parents to have their say in the current public consultation process.
27 February 2019 – Massey University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori welcomed, Voxy/Fuseworks Media. NZARE life member Distinguished Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith CNZM begins his new appointment at Massey University.
22 February 2019 – CPAG welcomes move to qualified in-home carers, Scoop/Child Poverty Action Group. NZARE immediate past do-president Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie comments on the move by the Ministry of Education towards more professional in-home early childhood care and education.
19 February 2019 – NZ’s knowledge blind spot, Newsroom. NZARE member Professor Elizabeth Rata argues that New Zealand needs a more standardised curriculum, and less local school control over curriculum content, in order to address the vast disparities in children’s educational outcomes.
18 February 2019 – Tomorrow’s Schools meeting: Teachers speak out against Bali Haque’s plan to make them ‘numbers in a spreadsheet’, NZ Herald. Teachers, principals and members of the public discuss the recommendations made by the Tomorrow’s Schools Review Taskforce, and NZARE member Dr Cathy Wylie (one of the Taskforce) responds.
11 February 2019 – A Pasifika voice on the government’s plans for early education, Radio 53pi. NZARE member Dr Jodie Hunter is interviewed about the draft Early Learning Strategic Plan. Jodie is a member of the ministerial advisory group for early learning, which developed the draft plan.
10 February 2019 – Creating a Māori and Pasifika context for STEM subjects, Scoop/ACE Aotearoa. NZARE members Professor Roberta Hunter and Dr Jodie Hunter are speaking at the Maori and Pasifika community educators’ annual Hui Fono at the Wharewaka in Wellington on February 13-15.
7 February 2019 – Teacher shortage: Young Kiwis going teaching again to fill classroom gaps, NZHerald. NZARE members Professor John O’Neill, Associate Professor Alex Gunn, Associate Professor Bev Cooper, and Jay Allnutt comment on trends in teacher trainee numbers in NZ institutions.
6 February 2019 – New research addresses ‘Māori underachievement’ in literacy, Education HQ. A feature article on NZARE member Melissa Derby‘s recently completed doctoral research. A summary of this research is available here.
1 February 2019 – Taskforce proposals will make schools better, says John O’Neill, Stuff. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill, who was on the Tomorrow’s Schools Review Taskforce, comments on the urgent imperative to change the structure of our education system in order to better serve NZ’s children.
24 January 2019 – Count on it: Kids can love maths, Radio NZ. NZARE member Dr Jodie Hunter is interviewed by Kathryn Ryan about maths in everyday life and culture and how parents can help their children learn to love and understand maths by spotting patterns all around them.
14 January 2019 – Searching for the key to success in Pasifika education, Education Central. NZARE member Dr Martyn Reynolds summarises his PhD research into Pasifika students’ perceptions of educational success.
11 January 2019 – Why did the Crown support the Waitara Lands Bill when hapū weren’t all on board? The Spinoff. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama criticises the government’s enactment of the Waitara Lands Bill, which passed into law in December despite an unclear public and iwi mandate.
9 January 2019 – ATAR raise: Western Victoria academics say there are better ways to raise teaching standards, The Wimmera Mail-Times (Australia). NZARE member Professor Claire McLachlan discusses entry requirements for pre-service teachers in Australia.
7 January 2019 – FedUni welcomes talk on improving teacher standards, argues it’s about more than just an ATAR score, The Courier (Australia). NZARE member Professor Claire McLachlan discusses entry requirements for pre-service teachers in Australia.
5 January 2018 – Mere Berryman: It’s time we did better by Māori students, Radio NZ. NZARE member Professor Mere Berryman criticises the continuing racism within NZ schools and society.
31 December 2018 – Public education advocate Ivan Snook on New Year Honours list, Stuff. NZARE life member Emeritus Professor Ivan Snook was named in the 2019 New Year Honours list. His award was approved by the Queen before his passing in October 2018.
31 December 2018 – New Year Honours 2019: Full list of recipients, Stuff. NZARE members Professor Alison Jones and Dr Rose Hipkins, along with NZARE life member Emeritus Professor Ivan Snook, are named in the 2019 New Year Honours.
15 December 2018 – Education ministry calls for feedback on early learning strategic plan, Otago Daily Times. NZARE member Professor Carmen Dalli, chair of the ministerial advisory group for early learning, will be at a public hui in Dunedin this week to hear public feedback about the draft strategic plan.
11 December 2018 – A way with numbers: Catching up with Dr Jodie Hunter, Education Central. An interview with NZARE member Dr Jodie Hunter following her ministerial appointment to the board of the NZ Council for Educational Research.
8 December 2018 – Radical schools report recommends stripping boards of trustees’ powers, Stuff. NZARE members Professor Mere Berryman, Professor John O’Neill, and Dr Cathy Wylie have been part of the taskforce reviewing Tomorrow’s Schools. The taskforce’s report and recommendations were released for public consultation this week.
7 December 2018 – UNITEC appoints Jenny Lee-Morgan as Professor of Māori Research, Waatea News. NZARE member Dr Jenny Lee-Morgan has been appointed Professor of Māori Research responsible for leading UNITEC’s Strategic Focus initiative on Māori Research. Jenny is a past recipient of NZARE’s Te Tohu Pae Tawhiti award for her significant contribution to Maori education through conducting high quality research over an extended period of time.
6 December 2018 – Have we forgotten NZ’s violent colonial past? NZHerald. NZARE member Associate Professor Joanna Kidman discusses the importance of a new research study that seeks to understand why we’re selective when it comes to remembering difficult and violent events from our colonial past.
5 December 2018 – Projects to improve outcomes for learners share $1.4M funds, Scoop / NZCER. Four of the six projects awarded 2018 Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) funding) are being led by NZARE members: Professor Missy Morton, Dr Frances Edwards, Professor Bronwen Cowie, Dr Tara McLaughlin, and Associate Professor Mary Hill.
28 November 2018 – SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards 2018 – Dr Rae Si’ilata, Tagata Pasifika. NZARE member Dr Rae Si’ilata‘s acceptance speech. Rae received a Pacific Education Award in this year’s SunPix Pacific People’s Awards.
28 November 2018 – New Board appointment to Council for Educational Research, Scoop / NZ Government. NZARE member Dr Jodie Hunter has been appointed to the Board of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER).
27 November 2018 – Tongan student pleads: ‘Don’t make me a brown Palagi’, NZHerald. The Warrior Researchers from Kia Aroha College, Ōtara, were invited to deliver a keynote address at the 2018 NZARE conference. The students’ address was entitled “Does transformation depend on my postcode?” and reported on their youth participatory action research into the impact of racism on their lives and education. The Warrior Researchers were mentored by NZARE member Dr Ann Milne.
25 November 2018 – Preschoolers creating music and art on tablets before they can write, NZHerald. NZARE member Luke Santamaria has conducted doctoral research investigating the prevalence and uses of digital tablet devices within a range of early childhood settings in Aotearoa NZ.
23 November 2018 – Call for academics to promote Pacific culture, Radio NZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Kabini Sanga urges academics to ensure that cultures of Pacific peoples are promoted within the education system in order to increase Pacific peoples’ equity, access and participation in education.
16 November 2018 – Concern for high-achieving students after primary school cancels prizegiving, Newstalk ZB. NZARE member Dr Jenny Poskitt is interviewed by Mike Hosking about the potential and pitfalls of school prizegivings.
14 November 2018 – From ‘survival mode’ to an indigenous future, Māori Television. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is part of the eighth Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga conference focusing on Indigenous research.
14 November 2018 – Champion for Pacific learners Dr Rae Si’ilata honoured, Education Central. NZARE member Dr Rae Si’ilata has received a Pacific Education Award in this year’s SunPix Pacific People’s Awards sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The award recognises Rae’s role as a “champion for Pasifika learners” through her leadership of the Pasifika Early Literacy Project and the Pasifika Teacher Aide Project.
11 November 2018 – Learning revolution or pathway to ignorance? Radio NZ Insight. NZARE members Dr Louise Starkey and Dr Bronwyn Wood discuss curriculum integration and project-based learning in NZ schools.
9 November 2018 – NZ Wars research opens door to healing, Waatea News. NZARE member Associate Professor Joanna Kidman and historian Vincent O’Malley have won Marsden funding for a study into how memories of the New Zealand Wars are passed on. The project will combine archival research, ethnography and hīkoi to examine contested memories of conflict in Māori tribal society and the wider New Zealand nation.
8 November 2018 – New resource supports teaching school students about mental health, Education Central. A new mental health teaching resource, Mental health education and hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing, has now been launched. The resource was developed by NZARE member Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick and secondary school teacher Kat Wells, who were co-recipients of the NZCER / UNESCO 2016 Beeby Fellowship.
6 November 2018 – Our racist education system, Newsroom. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama comments on the high levels of inequality in New Zealand’s education system. NZ’s history of colonisation and the current prevalence of conscious and unconscious racism are highlighted as major contributing factors.
4 November 2018 – The New Zealand Wars and the school curriculum, E-Tangata. NZARE member Associate Professor Joanna Kidman and historian Vincent O’Malley review the place of New Zealand’s history within our school curriculum and the growing social pressure for increased recognition of our difficult past.
2 November 2018 – Homai te pakipaki? How business is embracing te ao Māori, te reo Māori, NZ Herald. NZARE member Melissa Derby contributes to a discussion around the efficacy and appropriateness of reo revitalisation efforts.
31 October 2018 – Inequality in student reading levels under review, Newstalk ZB. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill discusses the findings of a recent UNICEF report which ranked New Zealand 33rd out of 38 countries in terms of inequality in schools.
31 October 2018 – Identifying Māori approaches to reducing violence, Voxy / Fuseworks Media. $2 million in research funding has been awarded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to the Waka Eke Noa research project led by NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama. The 4-year project will provide an evidence based measure of the prevalence of family and sexual violence for Māori, and extend that to prevention and intervention grounded in Māori culturally defined programmes and initiatives.
27 October 2018 – Ivan Snook was a highly influential teacher and an advocate for public education, Stuff. An obituary honouring NZARE life member Emeritus Professor Ivan Snook, who died this month. The article is written by Dr Liz Gordon, an NZARE past president.
26 October 2018 – Engaged students make for engaged citizens, Newsroom. NZARE member Dr Bronwyn Wood reports on recently completed research into NZ secondary school students’ civic engagement and education.
26 October 2018 – Call for mainstream universities to deal with institutional racism, Voxy/Fuseworks Media. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama discusses key findings of recently completed research into Māori and indigenous graduate students’ experiences in NZ universities.
19 October 2018 – The untold value of consistently effective teachers, Education Central. NZARE member Jay Allnutt argues against blaming teachers for inequality in children’s educational outcomes, and instead points to broader social issues as affecting children’s classroom experiences.
15 October 2018 – Speaking up for Hawke’s Bay’s natural environment, Voxy / Fuseworks Media. NZARE member Professor Bronwen Cowie speaks at a hui focused on protecting the natural environment of the Hawke’s Bay. Bronwen highlighted the importance of developing environmental consciousness and connectedness among young people.
11 October 2018 – Our year of educational waiting, Ako Journal / NZEI. NZARE member Professor Martin Thrupp reflects on the 15 major reviews of education policy and practice that the Labour-led government has initiated, and considers what might (or might not) eventuate as a result of these reviews.
5 October 2018 – Tapping into Pacific roots helps siblings’ success, Education Gazette. Drawing on her own family and experiences as well as her research and work with schools, NZARE member Dr Rae Si’ilata discusses barriers and supports for NZ children of Pacific heritage who live and attend school in Aotearoa NZ.
5 October 2018 – Celebrating the unsung mahi of wāhine Māori, Scoop / Auckland Women’s Centre. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is one of three panellists for an upcoming Mana Wahine forum hosted by the Auckland Women’s Centre. The forum seeks to help people gain a deeper understanding of the challenges Māori women face and to strengthen commitment to Maori self-determination and gender equality.
3 October 2018 – It’s not about us without us: Equity and education, Education Central. NZARE member Associate Professor Melinda Webber criticises the lack of Māori and Pāsifika representation within the ongoing NCEA review process. Melinda was a panellist at Education Central’s ChalkTalk on the future of NCEA; a highlights video is available here or the full recording here.
30 September 2018 – University of Auckland scraps most teacher in-service support after $2.5m loss, NZ Herald. NZARE member Dr Camilla Highfield comments on the challenges arising from funding policies for teacher professional development.
27 September 2018 – Educators call for universal screening for gifted, Scoop / GiftEDnz. Following the government’s release of its Draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan, NZARE members Dr Nadine Ballam and Jo Dean call for further steps to establish giftedness screening in early childhood.
26 September 2018 – Movers, shakers and policy makers: John McCaffery, leading academic in bilingualism, Education HQ. An interview with NZARE member John McCaffery about his career teaching, researching and advising in the areas of bilingualism in Aotearoa NZ and Pacific nations.
26 September 2018 – “Perhaps now is the time to include our gifted”: Praise for learning support plan, Education Central. NZARE members Jo Dean, Dr Nadine Ballam and Andrea Delaune comment on the government’s Draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan in relation to gifted learners.
24 September 2018 – Looking through the open doors of Hobsonville Point Secondary School, Education Central. NZARE member Dr Noeline Wright discusses her four-year research project exploring the establishment of Hobsonville Point Secondary School, a purpose-built school designed to offer future-focused facilities and curriculum.
24 September 2018 – Including the gifted: Professionals praise plan, Scoop / GiftEDnz. NZARE members Dr Nadine Ballam and Justine Hughes comment on the government’s Draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan, released last week. The plan includes universal screening for giftedness across school children in Aotearoa NZ.
24 September 2018 – Truancy protest could teach students about democracy, lecturer says, Stuff. NZARE member Dr Bronwyn Wood reflects on the important learning opportunities embedded in Fraser High School students’ protest action this week. The students protested after a controversial speech by their school principal on the subject of truancy.
19 September 2018 – The continuing legacy of Princess Te Puea, Māori Television. NZARE member Associate Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan speaks about how Princess Te Puea’s legacy is being extended through the service work of those at Te Puea Marae in South Auckland.
18 September 2018 – New research about homeless programme at Te Puea Marae, Maori Television. An interview about new research co-led by Rau Hoskins (UNITEC) and NZARE member Associate Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan (University of Waikato).
17 September 2018 – Te Puea Memoria Marae to host hui for urban homelessness, Scoop / National Science Challenges. A symposium will be held to share research and insights related to urban homelessness in Aotearoa NZ, drawing on new research co-led by Rau Hoskins (UNITEC) and NZARE member Associate Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan (University of Waikato).
14 September 2018 – Time to plan for a bilingual New Zealand, Newsroom. NZARE member John McCaffery calls for the excitement and positivity of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori to be extended into concrete plans for the preservation and promotion of Te Reo.
12 September 2018 – Māori academics ‘isolated’ and lacking in numbers, Radio NZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Joanna Kidman discusses Māori academics’ experiences as a minority in the NZ academic community.
12 September 2018 – NZ sex ed was bad in 2007 – it’s still just as bad, report shows, Stuff. NZARE member Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick comments on teacher preparedness, resourcing and professional development for sexuality education in Aotearoa NZ.
12 September 2018 – NCEA review should ask some basic questions, NZ Herald. NZARE member Dr Camilla Highfield calls for a broader, more flexible assessment system that recognises students’ individual talents and attributes.
8 September 2018 – Pasifika academics burdened with ‘invisible cultural labour’, Radio NZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Joanna Kidman discusses the under-representation of Pacific peoples among university academics and the resulting burden as the few Pacific academics we do have are expected to be cultural spokespeople and “the Pacific voice on everything”.
3 September 2018 – Māori perspectives on healing from historical trauma, Saskatoon News. NZARE life member Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith CNZM speaks on Canadian television in conjunction with her visit to the University of Saskatchewan. Professor Smith and a group of colleagues are visiting Canada to connect and share in Indigenous knowledge.
3 September 2018 – Prestigious scholarship recipient talks creating unity through diversity, Metro News. NZARE member Melissa Derby, one of two 2018 Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award recipients, discusses the importance of New Zealanders embracing not only our differences but also our similarities.
30 August 2018 – Māori visitors helping connect Indigenous researchers across the world, Saskatoon StarPhoenix. A group of NZ researchers including NZARE life member Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith CNZM visit the University of Saskatchewan to connect and share in Indigenous knowledge.
28 August 2018 – Teachers continue to talk pay, but new government deal still elusive, Stuff. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill comments on the ongoing pay negotiations involving NZ primary school teachers.
24 August 2018 – Govt expected to make school funding announcement, Newstalk ZB. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill highlights critical areas in which school funding urgently needs addressing. John is a member of the government taskforce charged with conducting a comprehensive review of school governance and management in Aotearoa NZ.
16 August 2018 – Appointments to New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Scoop/NZ Government. NZARE member Associate Professor Carol Mutch takes over as the Commissioner – Education of the NZ National Commission for UNESCO. Carol succeeds NZARE member Dr Cheryl Stephens who has been the Commissioner – Education for the past three years.
15 August 2018 – No easy fix to teachers’ problems, Newshub / The AM Show. NZARE member and NZJES co-editor Dr Leon Benade is interviewed ahead of the NZEI Te Riu Roa primary teachers’ strike this week. Leon discusses the complexity of the issues teachers are raising and emphasises that there is no ‘quick fix’.
14 August 2018 – Plan to scrap Māori and Indigenous faculty labelled ‘white-streaming’, Radio NZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is among those protesting the University of Waikato’s proposal to scrap the recently established Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies as part of a university restructuring.
13 August 2018 – Māori for all: He waka eke noa, Newsroom. NZARE member John McCaffery discusses the current drive to promote te reo Māori in the NZ education system and highlights challenges that persist in realising this vision.
13 August 2018 – Do devices rewire kids’ brains? Newsroom. An interview with NZARE members Dr Bronwyn Wood and Dr Louise Starkey about the dangers of both under- and over-using digital technologies in education.
9 August 2018 – Legal action planned against Massey vice-chancellor, Stuff. NZARE member Melissa Derby speaks on behalf of the Free Speech Coalition regarding their planned legal proceedings against Massey Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas for cancelling Don Brash’s speaking engagement at the university’s Manawatū campus.
8 August 2018 – ACC criticised for funding sexual consent programme, Newstalk ZB. NZARE member Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick criticises the $18m investment into ACC’s ‘Mates & Dates’ sex and consent programme given that it involves outside experts rather than teachers delivering sexuality education.
8 August 2018 – Te Whāriki Takapou ‘appalled’ by $18m ACC sex-ed programme, Radio NZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick highlights how ACC’s ‘Mates & Dates’ sex and consent programme conflicts with national guidelines for sexuality education in NZ schools.
8 August 2018 – An inclusive society begins at school, Newsroom. NZARE member Professor Missy Morton calls for a New Zealand that sees diversity as a resource to be celebrated rather than as a problem to be managed.
8 August 2018 – Sex education experts slam $18m cost for ACC’s Mates & Dates programme to go nationwide, NZ Herald. NZARE member Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick criticises the proposed expansion of ACC’s ‘Mates & Dates’ sex and consent classes to all NZ highschools. Katie argues that the programme does not align with either the NZ curriculum or best practice principles of sexuality education.
7 August 2018 – Time to overhaul early childhood education, Newshub. NZARE member Dr Anita Mortlock argues that both discourse and practice around early childhood education should centre on what is best for children and families rather than on political, profit-driven or judgemental agendas.
6 August 2018 – Cancellation of controversial speakers a lost opportunity, Newstalk ZB. NZARE member Melissa Derby argues that the cancellation of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux’s talk in Auckland has meant the public has lost the opportunity to question the speakers on their controversial beliefs.
5 August 2018 – Bobbie Hunter: Maths belongs in every culture, E-Tangata. An interview with NZARE member Professor Roberta Hunter about her work in the area of culturally responsive and culturally sustaining mathematics teaching.
2 August 2018 – Academics warn against NCEA changes, Radio NZ. A group of academics including NZARE members Dr Bronwyn Wood and Dr Sue Cherrington highlight concerns related to some of the suggestions made by the government’s NCEA review working group.
30 July 2018 – Professor: National wanted larger class sizes when they were in Govt, Newstalk ZB. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill highlights the inconsistency of the National Party’s recent call for smaller class sizes and discusses other factors that could help improve education outcomes for NZ children.
24 July 2018 – Let’s not pass the buck on Pasifika education, Newsroom. NZARE member Dr Cherie Chu argues that the responsibility for the educational success of Pasifika students shouldn’t fall on the schooling sector alone, but that the success of these students is everyone’s responsibility.
24 July 2018 – Stunning results from culturally responsive maths, Ako Journal / NZEI. A feature article profiling the Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities (DMIC) project headed up by NZARE members Professor Bobbie Hunter and Dr Jodie Hunter. As part of the article, NZARE member Professor Mere Berryman comments on how the DMIC initiative reflects best practice in the area of culturally responsive education.
24 July 2018 – Preventing teacher burnout: Lessons learned from the Christchurch earthquakes, Education Central. NZARE member Dr Veronica O’Toole shares findings from University of Canterbury research into the ability of teachers to regulate their emotions in a disaster.
24 July 2018 – Being offensive doesn’t make it hate speech, Newstalk ZB. Another interview with NZARE member Melissa Derby following the news that far right Canadian speakers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux have been granted visas to enter New Zealand.
18 July 2018 – Court procedings filed against Auckland Council for barring Canadian speakers, Stuff. NZARE member Melissa Derby comments on the Free Speech Coalition’s legal action and the Auckland Council’s unwillingness to change its stance toward controversial right-wing speakers.
18 July 2018 – Free-speech group files court papers suing Auckland Council, mayor Goff over speakers’ ban, NZ Herald. NZARE member Melissa Derby criticises the Auckland City Council’s “arbitrary and uninformed decision” to ban right-wing speakers from speaking at Council-owned venues.
17 July 2018 – Literacy is a human right, Scoop/University of Canterbury. NZARE member Melissa Derby highlights the importance of literacy as a human right that is linked with health and wellbeing, community engagement, cultural imperatives, lifelong learning, and self-determination among Māori.
16 July 2018 – Find a network! Ako Journal / NZEI. Post National Standards, NZARE member Associate Professor Sally Peters comments on the increasing trend for primary schools to weave curricula based on Te Whāriki and Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo.
10 July 2018 – Ringatū marks 150 years of prayer, Waatea News. “Ū ana ki Whareongaonga”, a new book by NZARE member Professor Taiarahia Black, is launched as part of Te Haahi Ringatū’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
10 July 2018 – $50K raised for judicial review after controversial speakers banned from Auckland Council venues, TVNZ. NZARE member Melissa Derby comments on the Free Speech Coalition’s crowdfunding initiative, which seeks to fund legal action against the Auckland City Council’s ban on right-wing speakers.
10 July 2018 – Pāsifika and Māori maths research honoured, Education Central. NZARE members Professor Roberta Hunter, Dr Jodie Hunter, Trevor Bills and Professor Glenda Anthony have together won the 2018 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Research Impact Award for their research in designing new teaching methods to improve Pasifika and Māori student achievement.
10 July 2018 – Freedom of speech at stake over mayor’s ban, Newstalk ZB. NZARE member Melissa Derby criticises Auckland mayor Phil Goff’s decision to ban a pair of right-wing speakers from speaking at Council-owned venues. Derby argues that this is a freedom of speech issue, saying that “freedom of speech by definition has to apply to everybody.”
5 July 2018 – NCEA’s fatal flaw is to assess projects before knowledge, NZ Herald. NZARE member Professor Elizabeth Rata argues that “knowledge-that” (concepts, facts and other forms of content) needs to be taught and assessed before “knowledge-how” (involved in activities and projects), critiquing NCEA’s emphasis on “knowledge-how”.
5 July 2018 – Longitudinal study to measure te reo Māori, Māori Television. NZARE member Professor Taiarahia Black comments on new research being conducted by staff at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi using data from the Growing Up in New Zealand study to investigate Māori language among NZ children.
5 July 2018 – Maths award for raising Pasifika and Māori success, Voxy. NZARE members Professor Roberta Hunter, Dr Jodie Hunter, Trevor Bills and Professor Glenda Anthony have together won the 2018 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Research Impact Award for their research in designing new teaching methods to improve Pasifika and Māori student achievement. They are the first New Zealand recipients of this prestigious award.
4 July 2018 – Major scholarship awarded to Tauranga woman, Bay of Plenty Times. A feature article on NZARE member Melissa Derby, one of two 2018 Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award recipients. The award will allow Melissa to visit Colorado State University and San Diego University later this year to further her research into critical theories of race, ethnicity and Indigeneity.
2 July 2018 – Auckland maths conference attracts 180 global maths experts, Education Central. NZARE member Dr Jodie Hunter is convening the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia’s (MERGA) conference in Auckland this week, exploring topics including maths apps, maths anxiety, and effective teaching for students from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.
2 July 2018 – How to subtract fear from maths, Radio NZ. NZARE member Dr Jodie Hunter discusses how mathematics educators can reach children from all backgrounds and try to reduce anxiety around the subject.
1 July 2018 – Leonie Pihama: Let’s start by returning the Waitara land, E-Tangata. An in-depth interview with NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama exploring her personal story, influences, passions and work as well as national issues around race, equity, colonisation, oppression and Māori relations with other indigenous peoples.
29 June 2018 – Maths for everyone – teachers do the numbers, Voxy. As New Zealand and other countries grapple with a chronic shortage of maths teachers and declining numeracy levels among some cohorts of learners, NZARE member Dr Jodie Hunter is convening the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia’s (MERGA) conference in Auckland from 30 June to 5 July.
25 June 2018 – Māori input guaranteed in setting health research priorities, Waatea News. The new independent Development Group appointed to help establish New Zealand’s first set of national health research priorities will include a Māori co-chair, supporting robust representation of Māori viewpoints. NZARE life member Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith CNZM is one of the 13 experts appointed to the Group.
25 June 2018 – Setting NZ’s health research priorities, Scoop/Health Research Council. NZARE life member Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith CNZM is named as one of 13 members of a new independent Development Group to help establish New Zealand’s first set of national health research priorities.
22 June 2018 – Is Bob Jones racist? Let’s review the evidence, The Spinoff. Following Sir Bob Jones’s call for NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama to apologise for calling him “racist” on social media, this article provides a collection of quotes from Jones’s public and media statements over the past 40 years that illustrate his views toward Māori.
22 June 2018 – Number of students on the rise, but fewer suitable teachers, Stuff. NZARE member Dr Cathy Wylie ONZM comments on research and statistics related to student and teacher numbers in Aotearoa NZ.
18 June 2018 – Professor refuses to back down from legal threats, Māori Television. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama speaks to Māori Television’s Native Affairs programme about Sir Bob Jones’s legal threats against her.
15 June 2018 – US ka pai for Ngā Pae scholars, Waatea News. NZARE member Melissa Derby is named as one of two 2018 Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award recipients. Melissa will use this award to research critical theories of race, ethnicity and Indigeneity at Colorado State University and San Diego University.
14 June 2018 – Sir Bob Jones requests removal of tweet, public apology from Waikato University professor, NZ Herald. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama receives a letter from Sir Bob Jones’s lawyer demanding that she apologise for describing Jones as “racist” on social media. A/Prof Pihama notes that she does not respond to threats and “will not be bullied in such a manner”.
14 June 2018 – Academics claim Pākehā bicultural interactions with Māori are destructive, Māori Television. NZARE member Melissa Derby (Ngāti Ranginui) comments on her recent paper ‘Playing cultures’ (co-authored with Professor Paul Moon) that examines interactions and power dynamics between Māori and Pākehā.
14 June 2018 – New Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga graduates announced, Scoop/Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. NZARE member Melissa Derby is named as one of two 2018 Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award recipients. Melissa will use this award to research critical theories of race, ethnicity and Indigeneity at Colorado State University and San Diego University
2 June 2018 – Seven Northlanders named as Matariki Award finalists, NZ Herald. NZARE member Associate Professor Melinda Webber is named as a finalist for the 2018 Te Ururangi Award for Education, one of Māori Television’s Matariki Awards celebrating Māori achievement.
1 June 2018 – Enacting alofa between NZ and Samoa, Newsroom. At the conclusion of Vaiaso o Le Gagana Sāmoa | Samoan Language Week 2018, NZARE member and NZARE Sutton-Smith Award winner Dr Rae Si’ilata provides a powerful insight into the historic linkages between Sāmoa and Aotearoa NZ, challenging us all to respect, honour and strengthen these relationships in the present and future.
31 May 2018 – Family court problems run deep for whānau – Māori lawyers, Radio NZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama comments on the need for the current Family Court system to be replaced with something more responsive to Māori.
27 May 2018 – Screaming Naenae College special needs student locked out of classroom, Stuff. NZARE member Professor Missy Morton comments on the importance of respectful and responsive care for students in school special needs units.
24 May 2018 – Aiming for the stars, Education Central. NZARE member and Starpath project director Associate Professor Melinda Webber discusses new Starpath research findings around the barriers and enablers affecting Māori and Pāsifika students’ University Entrance attainment.
24 May 2018 – Threat to marae speech seen in disharmony call, Waatea News. NZARE member Melissa Derby argues that the NZ Human Rights Commission’s proposals around disharmonious speech threaten freedom of speech and may stifle genuine debate on marae.
24 May 2018 – Academic concerned UN submission is anti-Māori, Newstalk ZB. NZARE member Melissa Derby highlights her concerns about racial discrimination in a recent submission by the NZ Human Rights Commission to the United Nations.
24 May 2018 – Shifting schools sets children back half a year – report, Stuff. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill and NZARE member Dr Jenny Poskitt comment on new Ministry of Education analysis on factors that affect NZ school students’ learning progress.
24 May 2018 – Moko kauae is the right of all Māori women. It is not a right for anyone else. The Spinoff. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama offers an extended discussion of the recent controversy around Pākehā women having moko kauae (traditional Māori facial tattoos). She highlights the issues of privilege, colonisation, oppression, racism, violence and tikanga that have bearing on this debate.
23 May 2018 – Pākehā woman with facial moko draws backlash, Radio NZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama speaks out against Pākehā women having moko kauae (traditional Māori facial tattoos).
23 May 2018 – Moko kauae are the ‘sole right’ of Māori women: Indigenous Women’s Collective, Stuff. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama speaks out against Pākehā women having moko kauae (traditional Māori facial tattoos).
21 May 2018 – A little bit of effective feedback goes a long way in the classroom, Education HQ Australia. A review of research recommendations by Professor John Hattie and NZARE member Professor Helen Timperley regarding effective feedback that facilitates student learning.
19 May 2018 – The rise and rise of culturally aware, political and informed Kiwi millennials, Stuff. NZARE member Dr Bronwyn Wood, whose research specialises in youth citizenship and youth politics, comments on the trend for young people to be increasingly aware and active in relation to issues they consider important.
18 May 2018 – A first step, but not a transformation for children, Scoop/CPAG. NZARE co-president Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie comments on the Labour-NZ First-Green budget, praising the increased funding for the early childhood sector.
16 May 2018 – “Tuai: A traveller in two worlds” wins Ockham Book Award, Scoop/Bridget Williams Books. NZARE life member and NZARE Te Tohu Pae Tawhiti Award winner Professor Kuni Jenkins and NZARE McKenzie Award winner Professor Alison Jones are congratulated on winning the illustrated non-fiction category of the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
13 May 2018 – Princesses – and the sanitising of British history, E-Tangata. NZARE member Associate Professor Joanna Kidman reflects on her own childhood as a Māori girl in Rotorua in the 1960s and the messages she encountered about culture, womanhood, opportunities, identity and role models. She highlights the sanitised versions of Western history that prevail in the media and calls for us to do better in teaching our girls “that it’s possible for them to tell their own stories with constantly evolving plotlines — and also that some rules never stick.”
10 May 2018 – Health ed: Teaching mental, sexual and physical wellbeing, Radio NZ. Following recent media controversy around a NZ high school’s decision to give students a pamphlet about drug use, NZARE member Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick discusses the types and extent of information young people should be given about health and wellbeing issues.
10 May 2018 – Māori identity matters for student success, Newsroom. NZARE member Associate Professor Melinda Webber discusses the importance of identity in Te Ao Māori and calls for schools to do a better job of celebrating students’ individual identities and cultural heritages.
8 May 2018 – Big money win for small school, NZ Herald. NZARE member Timu Niwa, the principal and only full-time teacher at 17-student Tangimoana School, discusses the impact of the school’s first place result in the Genesis Energy Energising Young Minds competition and the science and technology equipment the school is considering purchasing with their $25,000 prize money.
4 May 2018 – Hato Pāora students to have restricted driver’s licence before leaving school, Stuff. NZARE member Dr Peter Rawlins draws on his research into school-based driver training to comment on a Manawatū boarding school’s decision to provide all students with driver training. The secondary school is encouraging all its students to gain their restricted licence before leaving school.
2 May 2018 – Tiny Manawatu school gets $25,000 science and technology kick-start, Wanganui Chronicle. NZARE member Timu Niwa, the principal and only full-time teacher at 17-student Tangimoana School, celebrates the school’s first place result in the Genesis Energy Energising Young Minds competition. The competition was aimed at supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in NZ schools. The first place prize money will be used to purchase science and technology equipment for the school.
2 May 2018 – The skepticism threshold: Is there any evidence for inquiry learning? Education Review. NZARE member Dr Cathy Wylie ONZM challenges UK education Tom Bennett’s claims about the value of inquiry learning and the gap between educational research and classroom practitioners. Cathy describes ways that educational research in Aotearoa NZ involves teachers and addresses school-based priorities.
2 May 2018 – Tomorrow’s Schools review by yesterday’s leaders, NZ Herald. NZARE member Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick raises concerns about the makeup of the ministerial taskforce to review Tomorrow’s Schools. Noting Audre Lorde’s argument that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house”, Katie calls for more diversity among the review panel.
1 May 2018 – Transformation not tinkering, Education Central. NZARE member Professor Missy Morton shares her thoughts and aspirations for the upcoming review of Tomorrow’s Schools. She highlights values and practices within our current education system that have not served students with disabilities and calls for transformational shifts that foster truly inclusive, democratic approaches to education in Aotearoa NZ.
28 April 2018 – Mt Albert Grammar and Glendowie College close doors to out of zone students, others will follow, NZ Herald. NZARE members Dr Tanya Wendt Samu and Professor Martin Thrupp comment on the declining number of out-of-zone places available at higher-decile schools.
27 April 2018 – National proposal to scrap decile system back on the cards, Stuff. NZARE life member Dr Vicki Carpenter comments on the private member’s bill proposing the replacement of the school decile system with a needs index, arguing that the proposed new system is complex, unnecessary, and fails to tackle the main issue of child poverty in Aotearoa NZ.
19 April 2018 – Taskforce focused on making a difference in kids’ lives, Education Central. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill shares his hopes for the government taskforce appointed to undertake the biggest review of education in Aotearoa NZ in 30 years.
19 April 2018 – CPAG education expert appointed to Tomorrow’s Schools taskforce, CPAG. The NZ Child Poverty Action Group comments on the appointment of NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill to the government taskforce charged with conducting a comprehensive review of school governance and management in Aotearoa NZ. John is a long-standing and prominent member of CPAG’s Management Committee.
18 April 2018 – Education leader on taskforce to review schools, Scoop/Massey University. A profile of NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill who has been appointed to the government taskforce charged with conducting a comprehensive review of school governance and management in Aotearoa NZ. NZARE members Dr Cathy Wylie ONZM and Professor Mere Berryman ONZM are also part of the taskforce.
17 April 2018 – Curriculum wars: Coming to Aotearoa? Education Central. PPTA deputy general secretary of policy Tom Haig explores the competing curriculum philosophies espoused by two groups of New Zealand academics and educators. The first is the realist ‘powerful knowledge’ approach advocated by NZARE member Professor Elizabeth Rata and her colleagues (e.g. here) and by Briar Lipson (e.g. here), among others. The second is the ’21st century learning’ approach advocated by NZARE member Professor Jane Gilbert (e.g. here) and by Frances Valentine (e.g. here), among others.
17 April 2018 – The basic flaw in our education system, Newsroom. NZARE member Professor Elizabeth Rata argues that there are fundamental flaws in the NZ curriculum in terms of the consistency and criteria around the selection of content to be taught in both English and history.
11 April 2018 – Hurricanes apologise for ‘racist’ poster, RNZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama speaks from a kaupapa Māori standpoint about the NZ sports team’s inappropriate reference to ‘Taranaki land wars’ in their promotional material.
11 April 2018 – Adding life to years in the North, Newsroom. NZARE member Dr Mere Kēpa reports on an aspect of an ongoing research project into ageing well. Mere’s contribution focuses particularly on how traditional Māori concepts can be used to meet future health needs.
10 April 2018 – Dr Linda Smith acknowledged for championing Indigenous research, Voxy. NZARE life member Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith CNZM is awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Winnipeg, Canada, for her decades of work in Indigenous research and scholarship (see also the University of Winnipeg press release here).
5 April 2018 – Ministry welcomes findings on communities of learning, NZ Herald. NZARE member Dr Cathy Wylie ONZM comments on the findings related to Kāhui Ako | Communities of Learning within a recent teacher survey report.
4 April 2018 – Leading critic Cathy Wylie appointed to review Tomorrow’s Schools, NZ Herald. An article profiling the five members of the taskforce appointed by Minister of Education Chris Hipkins to review Tomorrow’s Schools. Three of the five members of the taskforce are NZARE members: Dr Cathy Wylie ONZM, Professor John O’Neill (NZARE life member) and Professor Mere Berryman ONZM.
4 April 2018 – Early education on guns needs to hear children’s voice, NZ Herald. NZARE member Dr Marek Tesar comments on the recent move by Evolve Education to create a gun safety kit for their daycare centres.
27 March 2018 – Educational solutions aplenty but what is the cause of the problem? Education Central. NZARE member Dr Linda Bendikson argues that we need to be clear about the problems with New Zealand’s education system before diving in with solutions.
25 March 2018 – Proposed education bill could be disastrous for disadvantage, Scoop / CPAG. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill and past president Dr Liz Gordon express their concerns around the National MP Erica Stanford’s Education (Social Investment Funding and Abolition of Decile System) Amendment Bill.
23 March 2018 – How lowering the voting age to 16 could save democracy, The Conversation. NZARE member Dr Bronwyn Wood draws on a recent TLRI-funded study to contribute to this article which reviews the arguments for and against lowering the voting age.
21 March 2018 – Academic says schools should be open about how they spend public money, Manawatū Standard. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill criticises the lack of transparency and public accountability requirements around schools’ financial management. His comments come after nine Manawatū-Whanganui schools whose financial practices were criticised by the auditor-general last year remain tight-lipped about the auditor-general’s concerns and what they have done to address the concerns.
18 March 2018 – Dr Joanna Kidman on youth activism, RNZ. Following the first national day of remembrance of the New Zealand Wars earlier this month, NZARE member Associate Professor Joanna Kidman discusses her research into the public debate on this topic and the 2015 petition presented to government by two students from Otorohanga College.
18 March 2018 – Insight: Dangerous daycares, RNZ. NZARE member Professor Carmen Dalli is interviewed to further discuss concerns about staffing ratios and the quality of care in New Zealand’s early childhood centres.
16 March 2018 – Low early childhood staffing could be ‘toxic’ – advocates, RNZ. Following reports of early childhood centres failing to meet staffing ratios and care NZARE member Professor Carmen Dalli highlights the dangers of inadequate supervision and care and calls for even higher staff ratios in early childhood education settings.
15 March 2018 – Solomons leadership style needs to change – Academic, RNZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Kabini Sanga, MNZM, challenges the Solomon Islands (his own home nation) to revise their national leadership style in order to allow the nation to flourish.
14 March 2018 – Pasifika youth urged to embrace their heritage, RNZ. NZARE member Associate Professor Kabini Sanga, MNZM, emphasises the importance of Pasifika youth exploring and celebrating their culture and heritage, particularly in our increasingly globalised world.
2 March 2018 – How our teacher shortage affects everyone, Newsroom. NZARE member Dr Camilla Highfield discusses the quality and equity implications of the current NZ teacher shortage and emphasises the need for short-, mid-, and long-term solution strategies.
28 February 2018 – How to fix the “staggering” decline in teacher trainees, Education Central. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill and NZARE member Dr Fiona Ell comment on the government’s proposals to address the teacher shortage in Aotearoa NZ, highlighting the complexity of the issue and the need for solutions beyond “short-term sticking plaster[s].”
22 February 2018 – Government’s education reform plan labelled ‘fresh approach and hard work’ by educational expert, TVNZ Breakfast. NZARE member Dr Cathy Wylie, MNZM, comments on the new directions for education in Aotearoa NZ announced by the Minister this week.
21 February 2018 – CPAG welcomes new and improved Tomorrow’s Schools, Scoop/CPAG. NZARE life members Professor John O’Neill and Dr Vicki Carpenter respond on behalf of the NZ Child Poverty Action Group to the Minister of Education’s announcements this week regarding major education reforms over the next three years.
20 February 2018 – Educating teachers for a complex world, Education Central. NZARE members Professor Letitia Fickel and Dr Fiona Ell (heads of initial teacher education at the Universities of Canterbury and Auckland, respectively) are interviewed in relation to the recent ERO report on the quality of initial teacher education in Aotearoa NZ.
20 February 2018 – NCEA review: Let’s address quality, Stuff. A team of Victoria University academics including NZARE members Dr Bronwyn Wood, Dr Sue Cherrington, and Dr Anita Mortlock draw on their recent research to highlight issues with NCEA and priorities for the upcoming NCEA review.
19 February 2018 – Why public education works for Māori students, The Spinoff Ātea. Laures Park, Matua Takawaenga for NZEI, profiles the Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities (DMIC) project developed and overseen by NZARE member Professor Roberta Hunter and argues that DMIC is a great example of culturally responsive pedagogy within NZ state schools.
18 February 2018 – Why I didn’t sit with the other Māori girls at school, E-Tangata. NZARE member and Victoria University doctoral student Liana MacDonald writes about her personal experiences of institutional racism and racial power relations within schools in Aotearoa NZ: “Fail and you’re seen as just another Māori. Succeed and you’re just like everyone else.”
16 February 2018 – Are modern learning environments better for children? TVNZ Breakfast. NZARE member Dr Leon Benade is interviewed in response to a viewer question about modern learning environments in NZ schools.
13 February 2018 – Podcast on racism, Waatea News. NZARE vice-president Dr Mere Skerrett discusses the findings of a recent report from the Office of the NZ Children’s Commissioner and the NZ School Trustees Association reporting racism in schools across Aotearoa NZ.
13 February 2018 – Racism in schools? How dare we be surprised! Education Central. NZARE member Dr Ann Milne says she cannot think of a single Māori parent, grandparent, teacher, or educator who would be ‘surprised’ at recent findings from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the New Zealand School Trustees Association reporting racism in our schools.
8 February 2018 – Reo Māori news bulletin, Radio Waatea. NZARE vice-president Dr Mere Skerrett speaks about the need for bilingual teachers within the Aotearoa NZ education system, in contrast to the current teaching workforce which is predominantly made up of teachers who only speak English.
2 February 2018 – “Corporate world enticing te reo Māori educators away from classroom”, Stuff. In the context of the nationwide teacher shortage, NZARE member Associate Professor Joanna Kidman highlights the need to build a strong cohort of Te Reo Māori speakers at all levels of education.
1 February 2018 – “The Cinderella of education” – How ECE is regarded in New Zealand, Education Central. NZARE member and newly-appointed Professor of Early Childhood Education Helen Hedges highlights the need for New Zealand’s international reputation as a world leader in ECE to be celebrated and matched by more action and government investment.
28 January 2018 – The Great Silence – The heartbreak of losing Te Reo, E-Tangata. NZARE member Associate Professor Joanna Kidman draws on her personal experiences to highlight the tragedy of language loss in 20th century NZ as “the English language jostled for ascendancy in the civic life of Aotearoa, and many, although not all, Māori voices were stilled.”
27 January 2018 – Education crisis: School’s in but where are teachers? 1 in 5 Auckland schools short of staff, NZ Herald. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill (also head of the NZ Council of Deans of Education) comments on enrolment trends in teacher education programmes across NZ universities.
19 January 2018 – Private school price tag soars to $360,000 over child’s lifetime, NZ Herald. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill comments on the rising cost of private schooling in New Zealand.
15 January 2018 – What would Matt Damon’s mom say about New Zealand getting rid of standards? Emeritus Professor Dr Nancy Carlsson-Paige (and, yes, she’s also Matt Damon’s mother) discusses the end of National Standards in New Zealand based on NZARE member Professor Martin Thrupp‘s blog post on the end of National Standards. This segment runs from 07:45 to 11:35 in the audio clip.
15 January 2018 – Pacific preschools ‘set back 30 years’ by tough English language tests, NZ Herald. NZARE member Dr Rae Si’ilata, Associate Dean Pasifika at the University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work, comments on how the Education Council’s IELTS requirements for entry to teacher education programmes have affected Pasifika early childhood provision in Aotearoa NZ.
21 December 2017 – High demand for qualified early childhood education teachers in Bay of Plenty, Bay of Plenty Times. NZARE member Associate Professor Jayne White, Associate Dean Education at the University of Waikato’s Tauranga campus, discusses the importance of qualified teachers in early childhood settings.
15 December 2017 – There is more to learning to teach than copying a good teacher, Education Central. NZARE member Dr Fiona Ell responds to the recent Education Review Office report about newly graduated teachers’ preparedness and confidence to teach.
8 December 2017 – Report: Large number of teaching graduates unprepared for classrooms, Newstalk ZB. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill discusses a new ERO report indicating that a large number of teaching graduates feel unprepared to take on classroom challenges.
7 December 2017 – Stressful job worth it, say principals who love their job, Wanganui Chronicle. NZARE member Dr Cathy Wylie, MNZM, comments on new NZCER research into principals’ working lives.
5 December 2017 – Government mustn’t waver on closing dead duck charter schools, Scoop / Quality Public Education Coalition (QPEC). NZARE member and past president Dr Liz Gordon calls for the government to take urgent action to either close charter schools or integrate them into the state system.
29 November 2017 – Team hailed for living Māori research, Waatea News. An interview with NZARE member Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, director of Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato, about the work of the Institute. Te Kotahi Research Institute won the 2017 NZARE Group Award for a significant educational research project undertaken in Aotearoa by a group of researchers that contributes to the body of knowledge in Maori and/or Pasifika research.
27 November 2017 – An outstanding postgraduate student, NZ Ministry for Pacific Peoples. The ministry congratulates NZARE member Leali’ie’e Tufulasifa’atafatafa Ova Taleni who was the first Pasifika researcher to win the NZARE Rae Munro award for high-quality Master’s research. Tufulasi shared the 2017 Rae Munro award with Claire Wilson of Massey University.
23 November 2017 – First Pasifika researcher to win education award, Scoop / University of Canterbury. A profile and acknowledgement of NZARE member Leali’ie’e Tufulasifa’atafatafa Ova Taleni who was one of two recipients of the 2017 NZARE Rae Munro award for high-quality Master’s research. Tufulasi is the first Pasifika recipient of this award.
23 November 2017 – Waikato research institute wins top award, Fuseworks Media. A profile and acknowledgement of Te Kotahi Research Institute (University of Waikato) which won the 2017 NZARE Group Award for a significant educational research project undertaken in Aotearoa by a group of researchers that contributes to the body of knowledge in Maori and/or Pasifika research.
23 November 2017 – Lack of food driving up poor health and truancy rates, study indicates, NZ Herald. NZARE life member Professor John O’Neill discusses the findings of new research into the health and wellbeing of high school students in Aotearoa NZ.
22 November 2017 – Why is my 14-year-old sitting exams? Stuff. NZARE member Dr Camilla Highfield questions the relevance and necessity of extended, written, closed-book examinations as a means of assessing student learning.
20 November 2017 – Cantabrian picks up national Māori education award, Stuff. A profile and acknowledgement of NZARE member Associate Professor Sonja Macfarlane who was the 2017 recipient of the NZARE Te Tohu Pae Tawhiti award for her significant contribution to Maori education by conducting high quality research over an extended period of time.
13 November 2017 – The Northland school teaching with art, Newsroom. An account of a school’s innovative teaching practice and the associated research being conducted by Dr Barbara Snook and NZARE member Associate Professor Ralph Buck.
8 November 2017 – National Standards – Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater, Dominion Post. NZARE member Dr Camilla Highfield argues that despite risks and costs, there is real value to the data we’ve gained through National Standards in assessing individual children’s development.
8 November 2017 – School survey finds high stress levels and staff struggles, Education Central. NZARE member and NZCER Chief Researcher Dr Cathy Wylie, MNZM, comments on the new reports published by NZCER on the National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools 2016.
6 November 2017 – Principals crying out for funding and support, Newstalk ZB. NZARE member and NZCER Chief Researcher Dr Cathy Wylie, MNZM, comments on the new reports published by NZCER on the National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools 2016.
5 November 2017 – Should we destroy the monuments of our colonial past? E-Tangata. NZARE member Associate Professor Joanna Kidman reflects on the way that New Zealand remembers its history.
31 October 2017 – Tūhoe and Te Kooti’s history reclaimed, Native Affairs. NZARE member Professor Taiarahia Black provides new insights into Tūhoe iwi’s position when Te Kooti passed through Tūhoe land and the Crown attempted to capture him.
31 October 2017 – NCEA under review: Current approach missing the mark, Newsroom. NZARE member Dr Peter Rawlins comments on issues needing to be considered in the upcoming review of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).
30 October 2017 – Coalition agreements a signal of support for education sector, Education Central. NZARE member Dr Camilla Highfield is encouraged by the new coalition government’s move to reinstate Te Kotahitanga and other targeted programmes that will help ensure success for all New Zealand students on an individual level.
27 October 2017 – Political cast to Ngā Kupu book awards, Waatea News. A book by NZARE co-president Dr Agnes McFarland and NZARE member Professor Taiarahia Black is a finalist for the Te Reo Māori category of the 2017 Ngā Kupu Book Awards.
25 October 2017 – How the new government will transform tertiary education, Education Central. NZARE member Roger Smyth anticipates some interesting changes for New Zealand’s tertiary education system under a Labour-NZ First government.
24 October 2017 – Gifted children win funding in coalition deal, NZ Herald. NZARE member Associate Professor Mere Berryman comments on the new government’s decision to restore funding for the Te Kotahitanga project, which Dr Berryman co-directed.
19 October 2017 – #MeToo: The silence from perpetrators of abuse is palpable, Manukau Courier. NZARE member and doctoral student Jean Allen comments on the recent media campaign raising awareness of sexual assault and harrassment.
16 October 2017 – Approach MLEs with caution, Education Central. NZARE member Dr Graham McPhail argues that while modern learning environments (MLEs) can help facilitate different pedagogical approaches, there is no inherent link between classroom design and educational outcomes.
5 October 2017 – Terror on TV: What do I say to my children? Newsroom. NZARE member Associate Professor Carol Mutch draws on her research into schools in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes to discuss how educators and whānau can help children cope with fears brought about by exposure to the horrors of mass tragedy.
28 September 2017 – Bigger classrooms, bigger problems, Newsroom. NZARE member Associate Professor Roberta Hunter discusses concerns about the government-driven move to modern/innovative learning environments.
22 September 2017 – Māori translation of ‘Moana’ is a hit in New Zealand, Smithsonian SmartNews. Draws on the work of NZARE member (and past president) Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith around the history of Te Reo Māori.
17 September 2017 – Tolaga Bay set to benefit from revolutionary maths philosophy, Māori Television. Featuring the work of NZARE member Associate Professor Roberta Hunter.
13 September 2017 – Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: Pay Te Reo speakers a premium, Newsroom (video). NZARE member Dr Sophie Tamati discusses the progress made in the status of Te Reo in Aotearoa today.
12 September 2017 – Māori students gain from different teaching style, New Zealand Herald. NZARE member Associate Professor Mere Berryman comments on the risk of culture and identity being lost in a narrowing of the curriculum.
11 September 2017 – Giving voice to the young: Survey shows people want under-18s involved in politics, The Conversation. Co-authored by NZARE co-president, Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie.
9 September 2017 – Voters face tough choice between National and Labour education priorities, New Zealand Herald. NZARE member Associate Professor Mere Berryman comments on equity issues and aspirations for Māori NCEA achievement.
6 September 2017 – Education priorities for a New Zealand where all children can flourish, Child Poverty Action Group release with statements from NZARE life members Dr Vicki Carpenter and Professor John O’Neill and NZARE co-president, Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie.
19 August 2017 – Boys fall further behind girls in primary school reading and writing, New Zealand Herald. NZARE member Professor Martin Thrupp comments on factors contributing to the increasing gap between boys’ and girls’ achievement in NZ primary schools.
18 August 2017 – Are Kiwis educated enough about climate change? Newsroom. NZARE co-president Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie and her colleague Dr Andrea Milligan ask whether climate change education is up to scratch in New Zealand, and how we can take a more comprehensive approach.
17 August 2017 – Young Kiwis shatter silence about our difficult past, Newsroom. NZARE member Associate Professor Joanna Kidman discusses the importance of acknowledging Aotearoa’s difficult past and the positive attitudes shown by young New Zealanders.
31 July 2017 – What’s there to fear from lowering the voting age? Newsroom. NZARE member Dr Bronwyn Wood examines the arguments for and against lowering the voting age.
17 July 2017 – Assessing teachers – A plea for caution, Dominion Post. NZARE life member Emeritus Professor Ivan Snook argues against the trend to assume that the achievement of students and schools can be directly attributed to the work of teachers.
28 June 2017 – NZ universities’ credibility at risk, Newsroom. Discusses NZARE member Dr Bronwyn Wood‘s address to the government’s Education and Science Select Committee about reforms to tertiary institutions’ funding and accountability proposed in the Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.
11 June 2017 – Targets and standards – Schools after 9 years of National government, Radio New Zealand Insight. With contributions from NZARE members Dr Cathy Wylie, MNZM and Professor Martin Thrupp.
9 June 2017 – Schools nervous about government’s flagship education policy, Radio New Zealand. A discussion of Communities of Learning with contributions from NZARE members Dr Cathy Wylie, MNZM, and Professor Martin Thrupp.
31 May 2018 – Finding the best path to school-based teacher education, Education Central. NZARE members A/Prof Alison Sewell (Massey University), Prof Bronwen Cowie and Bev Cooper (University of Waikato) discuss their universities’ approaches to partnering with schools within initial teacher education programmes.
26 May 2017 – Election 2017: Beware the ‘Make X Great Again’ rhetoric, education’s a slow-moving beast, Stuff. By NZARE member Professor John O’Neill.
23 May 2017 – Young Kiwis more engaged as citizens than we think, Newsroom. By NZARE member Dr Bronwyn Wood.
02 May 2017 – Early childhood care should be an election priority, Newsroom.
By NZARE co-president Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie.
25 April 2017 – An open letter to the new education minister on early childhood policies, Newsroom. By NZARE member Dr Sue Cherrington.
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