Schools across New Zealand are acutely aware that Pasifika children are one of our priority learner groups. Our Pasifika population is growing particularly in the Auckland region and it is important that we as a profession are able to respond in a culturally appropriate way to the Pasifika learners’ needs so that we can best assist those children to succeed and become contributing and fulfilled citizens of the future.

Message from The President re Future Conference Organisation

NZPF has traditionally invited proposals from regional associations to organise our annual conference. In return, the organising region shares any surplus from the conference with NZPF. This practice has facilitated the show-casing of regions and allowed them to allocate funds to support priorities and PLD projects that benefit their members.

The passing of the Education Amendment Bill last week with all of its controversial clauses relating to the new Teachers Council, EDUCANZ , and charter schools made for a black week in Education.

The year has started out at a fast pace with several issues bubbling away already.

National Library
In the past week you will have seen our reaction to the national library’s curriculum service announcement to phase out its provision of non-fiction books in favour of providing digital resources.

Message from The President re Banking Staffing Reports
Are you are concerned about your banking staffing balance at PP 23 on your recent Banking Staffing Report?

Go into the report online again and see if it has changed, the MoE updated them on Tuesday afternoon and evening, also check the alert on the Novopay website.

Noho ora mai ra
Denise Torrey

Greetings to you all from Wellington. I hope you have had a restful holiday break and feel refreshed and ready for whatever the year ahead has in store!

As incoming NZPF president I feel humbled to follow so many esteemed previous presidents and as a servant leader, am honoured to work on your behalf. Thank you for electing me to be your leader and for placing your trust and confidence in me.

President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) Denise Torrey, has welcomed the Minister’s announcement that $2.5million will be allocated to support children in classrooms with high learning needs in the next two terms and says this is a great start, chipping the surface of what has become a seriously problematic area of schooling. 

School principals have reacted strongly to the latest announcement that the National Library curriculum service will be phasing out its provision of non-fiction books in favour of providing digital resources. 

‘Digital resources are great for supporting pedagogy but are no replacement for books,’ said Denise Torrey, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation. 

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