Kōhanga reo

United we stand

By Jane Blaikie 29 September, 2015

“We have to stick together. We have to sing the same tune so those at the top can hear,” says Teina Hakaraia. “By collegiality and working together, and helping others,…

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Teachers deserve better Duncan Garner

By Jane Blaikie 1 October, 2014

Hardnose media personality Duncan Garner is best known for his verbal stoushes and political scalp-taking, but he is surprisingly soft on teachers. “I completely value what teachers do,” are Duncan…

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Kohanga kaiako Ki Taiao

By Michelle Nixon 2 January, 2014

Na ta rourou, na taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive On a sunny west coast beach, tiny…

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Modern babies

By Jane Blaikie 26 October, 2013

Teachers at a centre weren’t surprised recently when a nine-month-old baby arrived for her first day with a report from her previous centre, in the UK, outlining her learning achievements…

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Monoglots no more?

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

Around 1100 early childhood centres around the country offered Te Reo Māori, as well as English, as the language of communication at least part of the time in 2008-09, according…

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Speaking out for tamariki

By Jane Blaikie 21 September, 2009

Quality early education for Māori children is critical to reversing underachievement. Yet kōhanga reo are funded at lower rates than most other early education providers” teachers are paid less and…

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