Weymouth Primary School


Kia Manawaroa is the web page and pānui for whānau Māori, that brings together information from the Ministry of Education and other education agencies, to support iwi and Māori audiences to increase their knowledge and therefore be given the opportunity to be more actively involved in supporting the learning of their tamariki.



Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Oriini ki Ngāti Awa in Whakatāne is a composite status total immersion kura and is founded on Ngā Pou e Whā representing Te Hāhi Ringatū, Te Whānau, Te Aho Matua and Ngāti Awa. 

Over the past few months they have decided to provide breakfast and lunch for all their tamariki. 



With new cases of COVID-19 being discovered, it’s timely to remind kura, wharekura, kōhanga reo and whānau to maintain good hygiene practices. 

This means to act with caution for anyone with symptoms of one or more of the following: 

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Temporary loss of smell

Anyone with these symptoms should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP. They will advise on testing for COVID-19.



Applications for the second round of Creatives in Schools are now open for implementing at any time during Terms 1 to 4 in 2021. 

Applications will close on 21, August 2020 and the successful kura will be confirmed late October 2020

There is new funding in Budget 2020 to increase the total number of projects from 304 to 510 projects over the next three years (up to 2023). 

Each project will be a high-calibre and in-depth engagement lasting from 8 to 20 weeks. Kaiako and creative practitioners work in partnership on projects that provide creative learning opportunities for ākonga. 

There is funding available to kura for kaiako release time, working with the creative practitioner, the planning and reporting involved and some projects materials. 

For more information on the programme visit Arts Online . You can also contact us at CreativesinSchools@education.govt.nz 


Many ākonga have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 lockdown situation either by not being able to participate fully in their studies or training, or due to illness or financial hardship. This has resulted in some ākonga withdrawing from their study or training or failing courses. Tertiary education organisations may inform ākonga who used their Fees Free entitlement to study or train that this will not be counted as part of their Fees Free consumption, if they have not successfully completed it due to the impacts of COVID-19.

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has been given the discretion to ‘write-off’ some or all of an ākonga or learner’s 2020 Fees Free consumption if they are eligible, and:

  • they withdrew from study or training due to the impact of COVID-19; or
  • their study or training was adversely affected due to the impact of COVID-19.

The TEC is working on a process that will reinstate the entitlements of ākonga who withdrew from 23 March to 30 June, without ākonga needing to apply. This process is not yet in place. Ākonga shouldn’t worry if their entitlement has not yet been reinstated, it will be soon.

For withdrawals outside of the period from 23 March to 30 June, or where ākonga didn’t withdraw, but their studies were adversely affected, there will be an application process for reinstatement of their entitlement. The TEC will make this information available soon.


In December 2019, the Government introduced the Education and Training Bill. The Bill is the biggest rewrite of education legislation in decades. Parliament is currently considering the Education and Training Bill which aims to give all ākonga a more high-quality, culturally responsive, seamless and inclusive education, from early learning, through to schooling at primary and secondary levels, and on into tertiary education, vocational training and employment. 

 It brings all legislation on early learning, schooling and tertiary education into a single statute. It supports the Government’s objectives for an ākonga-focused, high quality, culturally responsive and inclusive education system. 

 Proposed amendments include:

  • State and state-integrated schools and kura being able to temporarily offer distance learning, including NCEA, to ākonga based off-shore who enrolled with the school or kura in 2020, on a case-by-case basis.
  • Providing the Secretary for Education with new powers to act when a state of emergency is in place.
  • Allowing for the use of grand parenting provisions to allow siblings to attend the same school or kura where a new or amended home zone has been put in place. 
  • Additional requirements for new early learning service applications. The new requirements take into account the needs of tamariki and the community, the applicant’s character and licensing history, and the organisation’s financial position to help determine whether an application should be approved.
  • A clarification of the existing law that all adults who live in or are present in a home in which tamariki are receiving early learning services must be vetted.
  • Enabling the Education Review Office (ERO) to obtain information from early learning service parent entities.

The Minister of Education is proposing to make changes to the Bill to extend the Education (Pastoral Care of Domestic Tertiary Students) Interim Code of Practice by one year, to January 2022.

This is to allow time for full consultation on a long-term Code of Pastoral Care and a dispute resolution scheme. If this becomes law, the Interim Code could be in place for a year longer than intended.

NZQA has also released the Implementation Guidance for the Interim Code of Practice. This is to help tertiary education organisations put the Interim Code into practice and achieve its outcomes. The guidance is an optional tool and is available on the NZQA website.

More information about the Interim Code of Practice, and the amendments to the Education and Training Bill can be found in the Cabinet Paper here, and in the Education and Workforce Select Committee report back on the Bill. 

 You can read here about the provisions of the Bill as introduced. Most of these provisions are unchanged. 


A new resource is available to support the mental health of rangatahi and provide teaching aids for kaiako in wharekura and secondary schools. 

Melon Manual is a kete of resources specifically for teenagers' emotional wellbeing. 

You can access the resources here 


Careers counsellors and kaiako working with wharekura and senior secondary ākonga interested in apprenticeships can get more information about a $320m support package at Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund

The fund removes the cost for apprentices so apprentices can learn while they earn in industries where demand is expected to grow. 

The Government also announced a complementary policy, the Apprenticeship Support Programme, a comprehensive support package for apprentices and their employers to help protect the jobs of existing and new apprentices throughout the recovery from COVID-19. 

For more information you can visit the Ministry of Education website. 


Sport NZ has some advice and guidance on the value of using physical activity to support the wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi. Whether its re-establishing relationships, supporting resilience, or enhancing a sense of belonging and connectedness, quality physical activity can play a vital role in uplifting both ākonga and kaiako wellbeing.

You can find out more information, source practical tips and access localised support for kura on the Sport NZ website


We’ve been working with our regional offices towards making available ClassroomNZ2020, a new platform with a range of online courses, to support ākonga until the end of February 2021.

ClassroomNZ2020 will soon be available free to ākonga nominated by their kura/school. The online courses were developed by Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) and cover a wide range of NCEA subjects and levels aligned with the NZ Curriculum.

Ākonga may use the online resources to consolidate learning disrupted by COVID-19 and to review learning in preparation for both internal and external NCEA assessments aligned to the NZ Curriculum.

You can familiarise yourselves with the online resources and see what is available by browsing the support materials - including the Getting Started guide for teachers and videos for school leaders, teachers and students – on the NCEA TKI website

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