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22 Whiringa-ā-nuku 2021

                                              He mihi ki a Sharon Framhein

Tātai whetū ki te rangi, mau tonu, mau tonu
Tātai tangata ki te whenua, ngaro noa, ngaro noa
Te hine a Te Arawa, Te hine a Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Kua ngaro rā koe ki te pū o mahara
E te kaitiaki o Te Pātaka o Rangahau Mātauranga o Aotearoa
Kua oti ō ringa raupā
He tangi, he mihi, he poroporoaki
Moe mai rā okioki ai.

The stars above remain unchanging
The earthly world changes with losses
Daughter of Te Arawa, daughter of Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Gone, gone to the gathering of memories.
Our keeper of Te Pātaka, the store of our physical taonga
Your hands have stilled.
We grieve, we acknowledge, we farewell
Sleep now, rest in peace.

Last month our NZCER whānau were devastated. First, to hear that Sharon Framhein was in palliative care. Then within a short space of time, to find out that Sharon had passed away.

She was a long serving kaimahi at NZCER having worked for us for 18 years. Over that time, she held a number of roles, always within sales and distribution. Sharon was the cog that kept all the pieces going in Te Pātaka our sales and storeroom.

Sharon was like a mum, like an aunty, and had a wonderful sense of humour, she loved her work, she loved the people she worked with, and everyone loved Sharon.

Our NZCER whānau lost a very special person. We are still devastated and continue to send our thoughts and aroha to her husband Charles, her sons Alex and Derek, her daughter Monique and all her mokopuna.

Moe mai okioki ai Sharon.

We farewelled two members of the NZCER Board and we've welcomed two new members

The NZCER Board consists of elected members, co-opted members, and an appointment by the Minister of Education. Two members have just completed their terms and we acknowledge and thank Frances Nelson (2013-2021), and Arapera Royal Tangaere (2017-2021) for their service. Their knowledge about education, their networks, experiences and governance skills have all played a significant part to supporting and governing NZCER and we thank them both for the tremendous contribution they have made.

We're delighted with the results of a recent electoral college vote. The two new NZCER Board members are:
Associate Professor Melinda Webber
Te Tumu – Deputy Dean, Te Kura Akoranga me te Tauwhiro Tangata, Waipapa Taumata Rau

Melinda is of Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Kahu, and Ngāti Whakaue descent. Melinda teaches and researches at the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Auckland. She leads a number of research projects focused on better understanding the effects of Māori student motivation and academic engagement, culturally sustaining teaching, localised curricula, and enduring school-family-community partnerships for learning.

Malakai Koloamatangi
Manager, Research and Insights, Ministry of Pacific Peoples

Malakai is of Tongan descent. He has held a range of academic and management positions, including Associate Professor Pacific Politics at Massey University; Director, Pasifika Directorate, Massey University, and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Acting), Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and Pasifika, Massey University. In addition, Malakai has served on a range of advisory boards and is currently Chair of the NZQA Taupulega, the Pacific Advisory Board for NZQA.

Research shows that children have natural ability to survive, thrive and learn during COVID-19 lockdowns

In August we released a report with Te Kura o Te Mātauranga, Institute of Education, at Massey University which shows that children have a natural ability to survive, thrive and learn during COVID-19 lockdowns.
 
The research was conducted last year and focused on the 2020 lockdown. We looked at children’s experiences of informal, everyday learning in their household bubble. In Terms 3 and 4, primary school children in Years 4–8 took part in a group art activity and were interviewed about their experiences. 
 
The children’s accounts of their learning show their ability to adapt readily and pragmatically to the circumstances in which they find themselves, and to find and create solution-focused approaches to their learning. The report highlights seven themes which emerged from the analysis of the interviews with children. We also produced short videos about each of the seven themes, these can be accessed from the website.
 
We hope parents, teachers, principals, researchers, and policy makers will enjoy learning from these young people and their experiences, as children once again find that they are learning at home in lockdown.
 
Download the full report and access the short videos here: Learning during lockdown

Kaimahi get behind Mahuru Māori and Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

This year we expanded the number of activities we held around Mahuru Māori - a te reo Māori challenge for people of all language abilities to speak te reo Māori during the marama o Mahuru (around the month of September) and Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori language week.

Internally, activities included karakia and waiata, kaupapa kōrero, taking part in the nationwide campaign Te wā tuku reo Māori – Māori language moment, where kaimahi came together (virtually) and shared their favourite Māori kupu (word), kiwaha (saying) or rerenga kōrero (sentence). We also used Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori to formally launch the use of our te reo Māori job titles (along with English) which you can see here: https://www.nzcer.org.nz/our-team.

Externally during Mahuru Māori we focussed our Facebook page on promoting only kaupapa Māori and we also used Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori to release the literature review He reo ka tipu i ngā kura | Growing te reo Māori in schools– Literature Review. To view the report, toro atu ki (visit): He reo ka tipu i ngā kura

NZCER Tumuaki | Chief Executive/Director Graeme Cosslett said “It was great to see the range of activities around Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and Mahuru Māori and a high level of engagement from many of our staff. It was also great to formally introduce the use of our te reo Māori job titles. All of this mahi contributes to NZCER achieving one of our aspirations which is to become a highly functioning bilingual organisation by 2030” he concluded.  

In case you missed it...

Over the last few months we’ve been mentioned on the radio and on blogs, so we’ve listed them here for you, so you don’t miss out.

Latest research

Take a look at our recently released reports here.

Latest books and journals 

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