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4 February, 2016

Exciting Mānuka honey scheme launched

A new initiative to boost the mānuka honey industry in Northland and provide educational and employment opportunities has been launched today at Northland College by Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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1 February, 2016

School year begins for 750,000 students

Education Minister Hekia Parata has wished children and young people well as they prepare to pick up their school bags and head to school this week.

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28 January, 2016

Partnership school agreement terminated

Education Minister Hekia Parata, together with Parliamentary Under-Secretary David Seymour, has terminated the agreement under which the Ngā Parirau Mātauranga Charitable Trust runs a partnership school at Whangaruru in Northland.

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31 December, 2015

NY Honours recognise service to education

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata have congratulated the twelve New Zealanders who are recipients of New Year’s Honours for their services to education.

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16 December, 2015

Proposal to terminate agreement

Education Minister Hekia Parata has advised the Ngā Parirau Mātauranga Charitable Trust that she proposes to terminate the agreement under which it runs a partnership school at Whangaruru.

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15 December, 2015

Public has its say on future of education

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she is delighted so many members of the public have taken the opportunity to have their say on the future of education.

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13 December, 2015

New public private partnership for schools

The Government intends to build and maintain six new schools around New Zealand using a public private partnership (PPP), Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

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10 December, 2015

Research to improve student outcomes

Education Minister Hekia Parata says six new research projects granted funding for the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative will benefits teachers and students for years to come.

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8 December, 2015

Education Legislation Bill passes first reading

Education Minister Hekia Parata says parents, school boards, students and home-based early childhood education providers will all benefit from the increased flexibility proposed by the Education Legislation Bill, which had its first reading today.

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8 December, 2015

NCEA credits for driver licences

Students are to be given the chance to earn NCEA credits by obtaining driver licences, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss announced today.

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7 December, 2015

One more week to have a say on Education Act

With a week to go until submissions close, Education Minister Hekia Parata is encouraging all those with an interest in education to have say on the update of the 1989 Education Act.

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3 December, 2015

Special Education Update findings released

Education Minister Hekia Parata has today released the findings of 156 Special Education Update engagement forums held by the Ministry of Education with over 3,650 people across New Zealand, including parents, families and educators.

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27 November, 2015

Blenheim schools congratulated

Education Minister Hekia Parata today congratulated Blenheim’s 18 primary schools, one intermediate and two high schools on becoming the first Community of Learning to agree on the achievement challenges that will drive collaboration between the schools.

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27 November, 2015

Marlborough colleges to co-locate

Marlborough Boys’ and Girls’ Colleges are to be co-located on a new site in a development costing up to $63 million that will equip them with state-of-the-art buildings and technology, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

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26 November, 2015

Education Legislation Bill 2015 introduced

Education Minister Hekia Parata says the Education Legislation Bill 2015 introduced today will amend eight statutes to improve administrative and governance arrangements for educational entities and funding organisations across the education sector.

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26 November, 2015

Southland to get new Trades Academy

A brand new Trades Academy will open in Southland next year, meaning secondary school students in every region of the country will now have the opportunity to gain practical skills while studying towards NCEA credits and tertiary qualifications, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

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26 November, 2015

Turakina Māori Girls’ College to close

Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata has announced that Turakina Māori Girls’ College will close on 27 January 2016.

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25 November, 2015

Interim Redcliffs decision announced

Education Minister Hekia Parata has made an interim decision to close Redcliffs School in Christchurch because of ongoing concern about the unstable cliff behind the school.

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24 November, 2015

Study confirms NZ’s commitment to education

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata have welcomed a new report showing that New Zealand invests a larger portion of its public spending in education than all but a handful of other OECD countries.

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23 November, 2015

$250,000 to Centre for education leadership

A Centre for Education Leadership Excellence is to be established to build leadership across the education system, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

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21 November, 2015

Education experts to convene in Auckland

Education experts and policy makers from 12 countries are about to gather in Auckland for a three day summit devoted to meeting the needs of students in a rapidly changing world, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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19 November, 2015

$39m boost for Wellington East Girls’ College

Wellington East Girls’ College’s historic main block is to be completely rebuilt as part of a $39 million redevelopment, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

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18 November, 2015

Another 54 Communities of Learning formed

Another 444 schools have formed themselves into Communities of Learning, taking to 793 the number that have agreed to work systematically together to raise student achievement, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

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16 November, 2015

Second round of $10m teacher innovation fund

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced that applications have opened for the second round of the $10 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund.

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6 November, 2015

2016 PM’s Education Excellence Awards open

Education Minister Hekia Parata is urging early childhood services and schools to enter the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards which open today.

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5 November, 2015

Minister wishes students the best for exams

Education Minister Hekia Parata has wished students well on the eve of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations.

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2 November, 2015

Education Act update gets underway

Education Minister Hekia Parata is urging New Zealanders to have their say on a revamp of education legislation that will help to shape the future of the education system.

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24 October, 2015

Minister meets with education experts in UK

Education Minister Hekia Parata says that her meetings with leading British education experts have confirmed the critical importance of good data and school to school support.

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23 October, 2015

NZ Minister launches OECD education report

Education Minister Hekia Parata today launched an OECD report on innovative learning systems at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Paris headquarters.

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22 October, 2015

Minister meets with Finland’s education experts

Education Minister Hekia Parata is delighted with the reception that the collaborative Communities of Learning model received at the Global Education Industry Summit in Helsinki, as well as with having had the opportunity to meet with a number of experts in Finland’s education system.

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