Jacinda Ardern: It’s all about the kids

Jacinda Ardern with her brother and cousins, 1987

Photo: Jacinda Ardern (right front, in red and blue) with sister Louise and cousins Demelza and Aaron, Christmas 1987 (supplied) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern first learned about the realities of poverty as a child in Murupara – a forestry town in the Waikato. “It was the 1980s, and I saw the effects of child poverty…

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It’s time – Kua tae te wā

For the first time in many years, there is genuine optimism that the time is ripe to see teachers and principals truly valued, and released and resourced to meet the learning needs of every child. That’s why our theme for this year is “It’s time: Kua tae te wā!”

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Moving Educators: Aimee’s story

Meet Aimee Lynch – mum, partner, teacher and powerlifter. She started her journey to “attempt to get healthy” and ended up on the platform at a powerlifting meet. Find out how Aimee’s success at the squat rack supports success in the classroom.

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Pay equity stories: Mel’s story

“I think people see us as just performing our natural womanly instinct to care and nurture. There is a common perception that ECE is not ‘proper teaching’; that it’s just glorified child minding. I get that reaction all the time to my job and it drives me crazy. I worked my butt off to educate myself on all that theory and pedagogy. But after four years and two degrees in a BA/BTeach I graduated into a marketplace that deemed me worth the same as a data entry operator or a mail room clerk.”

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Pay equity changes with new government

Pay equity claims for NZEI support staff in schools and staff in early childhood have new hope with the change in Government. An early childhood teacher and a teacher aide share their stories about how pay equity would make a difference to their lives.

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