You have all received a letter from the Ministry of Education requesting that you submit your Charters to the Ministry by 1 February 2012.  The NZPF executive has considered this request and we believe that the deadline of February 1st is likely to be an unrealistic target for most of you. A survey conducted by NZEI confirms this position.


New Government

A new government has been elected for the next three years.  I say new, because it is a government quite different from the last three years. National’s majority in the coalition government will be a bit fragile this time round and the opposition cross benches will be sparked with the return of the NZ First party.


Tomorrow, Saturday we all (YES ALL) head to the ballot box and vote for the party we want to lead our country for the next three years. As your national professional body, NZPF has done everything in its power for the past three years to persuade the government that its present direction in Education is not a direction which you think is best for children’s learning and achievement, for teaching, for your own professional leadership development or for the retention of self-managed schools.


National’s education policy, released yesterday, will go down as the lowest point in this year’s election campaign,’ says the President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation, Peter Simpson.

‘Parents, communities, Boards of Trustees and the teaching professionals who have tried for three years to engage the Minister in intelligent discussions about National’s flawed standards policy now know that this government has no intention of listening to them,’ he said.

The Principal of Moerewa School in Northland, Keri Milne-Ihimaera is stunned that the Minister of Education, Anne Tolley, has directed her to close their highly successful senior secondary school class, despite the 100% Maori student cohort achieving pass rates in NCEA levels one, two and three that are all higher than the national pass rates across the country. These are results almost unheard of for Maori students.


Tēnā koe

We are now into the final straight with term four well underway. You will no doubt be absorbed in your cycle of year end budget setting, planning for next year, evaluating and reporting. It’s a term that is always jam packed with work.

An education summit, representing the broad education sector, has produced a set of principles which they agree should underpin all future education policy making, irrespective of which political party is leading the government.

‘Education has become something of a political football in recent years,’ said Peter Simpson, the President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF).

All School Traffic Safety Teams (STSTs) will have new lightweight bright orange safety jackets for the start of term 4. The decision to supply STSTs with new jackets was made in response to feedback from schools on the current safety coats, which schools consider are too hot for children to wear all year round. 

Features of the new safety jacket include:

lightweight material that meets the required safety standards


They say a lot can happen in a week in politics but at NZPF we’re equal to the task!  Since our last executive committee meeting we have launched the six principles upon which we believe all future education policy should be based and we have launched our newly updated NZPF website.

I have also given speeches to three different regions, including a leadership forum and daily we are dealing with unwelcome issues emanating from the charter debacle and other matters.


Three educational groups, the New Zealand Education Institute, New Zealand Principals’ Federation and Boards Taking Action Coalition have today announced that they will fight the next phase of the national standards battle together.

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