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Update – 23 June 2022

22 June 2022
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Update – 23 June 2022

22 June 2022

Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki   

Celebrate the rising of Matariki

Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi  

Celebrate the rising of the lord of the heavens

Mānawa maiea te Mātahi o te tau 

Celebrate the rising of the New Year

Across the country, communities are getting excited about the first ever celebration of Matariki as a public holiday tomorrow.

As highlighted a couple of weeks ago, to mark this very special occasion we have created a range of rauemi (resources) that support learning through Matariki (and including Puanga).

I hope you will be as pleased as I am that these rauemi will be relevant not just at this time, but across all months of the year, and that they provide a rich source of learning for all learners. You can find the full suite on Kauwhata Reo – link below. 

Matariki holds many meanings throughout Aotearoa and across the world and learning about Matariki gives us an opportunity to explore and strengthen our local identities. We aim to protect the deep history of Matariki, including local variations and narratives.

Celebrating Matariki together as a nation provides an opportunity for Māori language, culture and history to be more accessible to all New Zealanders both here and overseas. It supports us to reflect the value we place in our cultural heritage and helps develop a better sense of our national identity.

I’m excited to be celebrating Matariki not just as a public holiday but as a wonderful expression of what makes us unique.

On a different note, you will have heard about the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle – find more detail about what these changes means for us all in today’s bulletin.

Ngā mihi o Te Mātahi o te Tau ki a koutou katoa,


Matariki resources

A reminder that we have created a range of resources that support teaching and learning about Matariki, including Puanga.

The suite of resources includes waiata, pao, videos, ebooks, ākonga worksheets, activity cards, kaiako guidance, and aromatawai that are relevant from early learning to secondary schooling in both Māori-medium and English-medium education.

Te Mātahi o te Tau Matariki Ahunga Nui – Kauwhata Reo

For a range of other resources you can draw from, see our bulletin on 9 June.

Mānawatia a Matariki – Early Learning Bulletin 9 June

Revised allocation of ministerial responsibilities in education

Last week’s Cabinet reshuffle has meant some reallocation of responsibilities within the education portfolio.

The detailed delegations have now been finalised.

Hon Chris Hipkins

  • As Minister of Education, Minister Hipkins retains responsibility for the overall development of policy within the education portfolio, oversight of the Teaching Council and the lead on all budget decisions.
  • In addition, he continues to cover most aspects of early learning, international education and tertiary education.

Hon Kelvin Davis

  • Minister Davis’ role as Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education) has been expanded to include schooling network decision for Māori-medium and kaupapa Māori

Hon Jan Tinetti

  • Minister Tinetti is now Associate Minister of Education (School Operations). Central to her expanded responsibilities is oversight of Te Mahau’s role in supporting both early learning services and schools. Her oversight of Te Poutāhū | The Curriculum Centre now extends to Te Whāriki.
  • In addition, Minister Tinetti has new delegations in relation to initial teacher education (ITE) and teacher supply in early learning and schooling, as well as her existing role overseeing the Education Review Office.

Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards 2022 cancelled

Due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards (PM Awards) have been cancelled. 

The awards will be refreshed and will reopen in an exciting new format in 2023. We’ll communicate next steps in a future bulletin and on the PM Awards’ website. 

2022 awards – PM Awards

Calling New Zealand’s biosecurity champions

The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise incredible people who are working hard to help ensure Aotearoa and its unique environment is safe from pests and diseases.

The biosecurity mahi many New Zealanders take part in is focused on protecting our biodiversity, from trapping rats in backyards to cleaning footwear when visiting kauri forests.

Does your centre or service:

  • run environmental programmes that look restoring biodiversity in your community?
  • manage a farm where you demonstrate your commitment to biosecurity? 
  • monitor pest traps as part of protecting your environment and biosecurity?
  • research invasive pests and diseases that could threaten New Zealand?

Biosecurity Awards entry form – This Is Us

This Kura Award is open to early childhood centres who are doing amazing projects and programmes to support biosecurity.

The winning group will receive a $2,500 cash prize.

Entries close Sunday 31 July.

Update: 2022-RS61 ECE census playgroup, casual and hospital-based service

We’ve been informed that the online RS61 Excel form links we provided you in last week’s bulletin are not connecting. 

Here are updated links to the 2022-RS61 ECE census for playgroups, casual and hospital-based services that are not connected to ELI.

2022-RS61 ECE census for playgroups [XLXS, 134 KB]

2022-RS61 ECE census for casual and hospital-based services [XLXS, 204 KB]

For more information on the ECE census go to the Education Count website or contact us at ece.statistics@education.govt.nz.

Accessing July funding notices through the Secure Data Portal

On 1 July, the next instalment of ECE funding will be paid to licensed early learning services that have submitted their RS7 return on time.

Funding notices for this payment will be available for download from the Secure Data Portal (SDP) on Friday 1 July.

Secure Data Portal – Education Sector Logon

Only funding contacts with access to the SDP will be able to download their service’s funding notice.

Funding contacts who do not have access to the SDP will need to complete an ESL 39 form to access the SDP.

How to get an education sector logon – Ministry of Education

If you have any questions regarding the ESL 39 form, or the SDP in general, contact ece.securedataportal@education.govt.nz for assistance.

If you cannot locate your July funding notice, you may not have sent in your RS7 submission in on time. If this was the case, late RS7 submissions received before 7 July will be paid on 20 July. Funding notices for this payment will be available on the SDP from 20 July.

If you have any questions regarding your payment, contact us at ece.funding@education.govt.nz.

50% ECE qualified requirement: Teacher-led centre-based and hospital-based considerations

Required staff is calculated depending on a service’s licence class (such as probationary or full/provisional). At least 50% of required staff must have a recognised ECE teaching qualification. 

The requirement for 50% qualified ECE staff does not have to be maintained at all times throughout the day, which provides flexibility in the event of short-term staff absences. 

Teachers need not be employed full-time to count towards the 50% requirement. A part-time teacher (including relief teachers) with a recognised ECE teaching qualification can be counted at a maximum of two different licensed services. 

You can count one person who is in their final year of study towards the 50% requirement, provided they are enrolled in an approved programme that will result in a recognised ECE teaching qualification.

Go to our website and click on 'teacher-led centre-based' topic that will expand on how the 50% ECE qualification requirement works:

Qualification requirements – Ministry of Education

Overseas teacher recruitment update

We have a new page with information on all things relating to overseas teacher recruitment.

Overseas teacher recruitment – Ministry of Education

This new page has information on:

  • how to hire a migrant teacher on the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), including information on ‘green list’ roles, becoming accredited and the job check step which you can apply for from 20 June.
  • financial support for those early learning services who may be seeking to recruit overseas, see further information on our previous bulletin item.
  • recordings of webinars with Immigration NZ discussing the AEWV.

Reactivating supporting incentives – Early Learning Bulletin 26 May

We have had mixed feedback about the ease (or not) of obtaining accreditation is (Step 1 of the AEWV). We are reviewing the experience for early learning services to ensure it is as streamlined as it is for schools where the average application time is 20 minutes, with some taking only five minutes to apply and receiving their accreditation 10 minutes later.

We are looking at how else we can support and help services to recruit overseas teachers. Please keep an eye on upcoming bulletins and our new page for further updates.


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