Te Kōpuku is attracting positive headlines because of an innovative curriculum that offers Engineering as an option.


*Lessons from Success: A keynote and conversation with Eva Moskowitz**Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | 3:00–4:15 PM - **Washington, DC*

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Imagine a political party deeply committed to social justice. A party that places fairness and caring for the most disadvantaged above everything else. A party led by a politician who would march in the streets, not to rule the country, but to end child poverty.

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New Zealand Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua offer parents a viable, high-quality educational alternative to traditional state schools.

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Four new Partnership Schools are set to open in 2019, the Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour announced today.

TAGATA PASIFIKA Pacific Advance Senior School

A South Auckland school is empowering students with Pacific values. Pacific Advance Senior School (PASS) is the first Secondary Pasifika Partnership School in Aotearoa providing Year 11, 12 and 13 education.

Ngati Whakaue run charter school

The managers of Rotorua's Ngāti Whakaue run charter school believe the iwi based partnership school will help lift Māori youth achievement in education. This follows criticism from NZEI Te Riu Roa that the introduction of more charter schools is not the educational solution for Māori or Pacific students.

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Two new Partnership Schools have been approved for Māori students in Rotorua and Taupo.


One of Hamilton's newest schools is attracting the attention of tech giants Amazon and Facebook.

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Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour today announced the Government has signed contracts to open two new Partnership Schools in 2018.

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Villa Education Trust regards every student as having infinite value and everything about their model is designed to reflect that.

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The primary teachers' union NZEI reports that partnership schools attract two to three times as much funding as state schools. But the Ministry of Education, in its role as referee, has always maintained funding is equivalent across both school types. So what exactly is going on?

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The All Black legend has been knighted for his work re-engaging students in learning, but says he's just part of the big village.

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David Seymour, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education, has welcomed the release of MartinJenkins’ second annual evaluation report on Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua.

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E Tipu e Rea, the organisation established specifically to provide independent support to Partnership Schools, will be hosting two one-hour webinars for Round 5 Partnership School Applicants on the topics of:

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Based on the work by AdvancED, they have developed standards and criteria for parents and community leaders to quickly gauge the quality of the STEM education programs in their community. You can use these questions — and the examples of schools that they have certified as being strong in STEM — to discuss with school leaders how they might strengthen their STEM offerings.

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The STEM School Study (S3) team sat down with inclusive STEM school leaders from over 25 inclusive STEM schools and asked them to describe the parts of their schools that are essential to their school models. We found that while STEM schools vary in many ways, there are eight major Elements common to them all. Each Element is comprised of a number of components and together, they illustrate what STEM schools are and lay the groundwork for understanding how STEM schools work to achieve their goals.

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David Seymour, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education, has congratulated the three Partnership Schools that offered NCEA in 2016 for their results, which have been confirmed today.


An update from South Auckland Middle School:* *At our schools we put a huge emphasis on the ability of all students to make progress through a love of learning and purposeful practice (a "growth mindset"). The key skill is reading.

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A fifth Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua application round is now open, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education, David Seymour, has announced.


Vanguard Military School is pleased to be able to release its official NCEA results for 2016 which have been released by NZQA.

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Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour has congratulated Vanguard Military School for its excellent provisional NCEA results, announced today.

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A new application round to establish Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua (Partnership Schools) will open on Monday 13 February, with successful applicants opening schools in 2019, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour has announced.

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Just a couple of years into their existence the two Villa Education Trust Partnership Schools - South Auckland Middle School (SAMS) and Middle School West Auckland (MSWA) are honoured to see two of their students being recognised as scholarship winners at the Prime Minister's Youth Programme.

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STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) focused students and educators will soon have greater access to the options offered by Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour announced today.

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Villa Education Trust recently ran their annual speech competition including seven speeches from their mix of private and Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua. Eleven year old Florence Akauola from Mt Hobson Middle School won first place with her truly remarkable speech on gender stereo-types.

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Latest news from MSWA: a new academic manager, a participant in the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, and a new growth mindset statement for MSWA students.

Schools that work

Social scientists have quietly spent years analyzing the outcomes of students who attend charter schools. The findings are stark. And while they occasionally pop up in media coverage and political debates about charter schools, they do not get nearly enough attention. The studies should be at the center of any discussion of educational reform, because they offer by far the clearest evidence about which parts of it are working and which are not.


The Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua Authorisation Board today announced details of revisions to the application process for the fourth round of Partnership Schools.

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David Seymour, Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education has welcomed the opening of the fourth round of applications to establish Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua (Partnership Schools).

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He maimai aroha: Uiui noa ana, rapurapu kau ana, kua ngaro aku manu tiotio i te ata. Papā te whatitiri, kahukura i te Rangi, tāwhana kau ana ko wai kei muri nei. Tuwhera kau nei te riu o te whenua i tō kourua uenuku haerenga. Matua Charlie Petera passed away on June 10. The last surviving member of the A Company of 28 (Māori) Battalion (the gumdiggers) he was also the patron of the Leadership Academy. He was 92 and proudly Ngāti Kuri. 

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The next application round (Round 4) for Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua is scheduled to open on 12 August 2016. The following presentation sets out the broad requirements and indicative timeline for this application round.

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Lisa Owen from The Nation talks to Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust chief executive John Tamihere and Education Under-Secretary David Seymour on why West Auckland's Waipareira Trust have just pulled the plug on plans for a partnership school.

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Education, David Seymour, announced on Monday that the fourth application round for Partnership Schools (for schools opening at the beginning of the 2018 school year) will open in August.

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Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour has announced a fourth round of applications to establish Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua (Partnership Schools). The fourth round will open in August, with successful Partnership Schools opening in 2018.

How to teach grit

In recent years, the idea that educators should be teaching kids qualities like grit and self-control has caught on. Successful strategies, though, are hard to come by.

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Opinion by Willie Jackson originally published in the Manukau Courier: The opposition's stance on partnership schools won't get a pass mark from me.  And as far as Maori are concerned, Labour's Education spokesman Chris Hipkins' Private Members Bill to scrap partnership schools rates an E.

PASS Annual Report 2015

As the first senior school in Aotearoa New Zealand, designed and created for Pasifika learners by Pasifika experts and determined by Pasifika staff and administrators, our first year has been an exciting, challenging and extremely rewarding journey.

MSWA Annual Report 2015

Middle School West Auckland (MSWA) is pleased to present an overview of operations and achievements for 2015 to our students, their families, the community and key stakeholders. Highlights included a vast range of learning opportunities, walks, museums, live theatrical performances (including CATS and Shakespeare) and an optional trip for Y9 and Y10 students to Hawaii.

SAMA Annual Report

South Auckland Middle School (SAMS) is pleased to present an overview of operations and achievements for 2015 to our students, their families, the community and key stakeholders. 2015 had a number of highlights and the growth and development of the school during this time was outstanding.

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A year after opening a fully-fledged secondary school, we thought, let’s do that again! So, February 2015 we opened our primary kura, Te Kāpehu Whetū (teina). We opened in two prefabs generously given to us by St Francis Xavier Primary school, while we built our kura teina next door. We started with a roll of 40 and ended with 65. During the year we decided to go from bilingual to full immersion and so our entry level kura “Paenuku” was born.

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Vanguard has now established itself with a great first 2 years. We look forward to 2016 with the same energy and excitement as the past. We will continue to provide parents and recruits with a school of choice, a school where structure and discipline are important and a school where our expectation is that every recruit will do their best and try and be a little bit better than they were the day before. 

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Overall, we have had a challenging yet successful year of learning and consolidation of systems during 2015. Strategic decisions by the Board enable us to continue to grow at a sustainable pace and serve our community well. The 2016 plans are clear and we aim to continue to demonstrate good stewardship of our resources and accelerate learning for our students and whānau.

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Today sees the launch of a new independent charity to be chaired by former Ernst & Young Chair and 2006 winner of the University of Auckland’s Outstanding Māori Business Leader award, Rob McLeod (see bio below).

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Students and parents will be offered greater choice in education as a result of Budget 2016’s funding for around seven new Partnership Schools|Kura Hourua, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour says.

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An independent Partnership School support entity, E Tipu E Rea, has been established to support new, existing, and prospective Partnership School sponsors and will receive a conditional funding grant.

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Three new charter schools have made a good start, according to the Education Review Office. The reports covered two of the publicly-funded private schools in Auckland, Te Kura Māori o Waatea and Pacific Advance Senior School, and one in Whangarei, Te Kāpehu Whetū -Teina.

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2015 has been a year focussed on continuing the development of Te Kāpehu Whetū across the three pou of Kia Māori, Kia Mātau and Kia Tū Rangatira ai. Year two has seen an increase in ākonga, pouako and facilities all aimed at continuing to move towards an education environment that will produce competent, capable and confident Ngā Puhi graduates. 


New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) is an independent support entity established to foster the development and success of charter schools in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. On its recent 10th anniversary, NSNO shared reflections on what has been accomplished in the last decade and outlined the challenges still ahead. 

25 best schools

Great public schools abound in the US, but for some students the less traditional and often-times smaller educational experience offered by charter schools is a better fit.

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A Whangarei charter school has brought its knowledge of Northland and Maori culture to a tourism project that will be seen around the world.

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How many independent studies will it take before we can all agree? Charter schools in this city are a tremendous success. Recently, a New York City Independent Budget Office study found that public schools in the city, as a group, have made considerable progress in narrowing the achievement gap with schools in the rest of the state.

The Health of the Charter Public School Movement: A State-by-State Analysis evaluates the health of the charter public school movement in key states across the United States.


All 39 students who had been attending the failed Whangaruru charter school have found places in other schools or moved on to further study, the Ministry of Education says.

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Vanguard Military School is pleased to be able to release its provisional NCEA results for 2015 as confirmed by NZQA.  The school achieved a 93% pass rate at NCEA Level 1, a 100% pass rate at Level 2 and a 93% pass rate at Level 3.  All of these results are well above the national average for NCEA and, in the case of Maori and Pasifika students, they are 20% higher than the national average.

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While some groups and individuals are uncomfortable with the ideas that Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua are introducing to the New Zealand schooling sector, that is not in itself a reason for condemnation of all partnership schools says NZSTA.

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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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The Education Review Office (ERO) has given one of the four new charter schools set up this year a positive first report.

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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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The Iwi Leaders Forum has thrown their support behind charter schools. Sir Toby Curtis, an iwi representative on the Partnership Authorisation Board, says the majority of new applications for schools are from Māori groups and organisations, so it’s important to have the support of their local iwi.


New video from Vanguard Military School of their 2015 graduation ceremony.

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Today Sir Toby Curtis reiterated the Iwi Chairs Forum’s support for the continued expansion of the Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua policy.

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Mulitalo Filipo Levi from Middle School West Auckland writes in response to a recent Herald article alleging - among other points - that the partnership school used fast food to 'bribe' students and that there had been a suicide attempt by a pupil.

A growing movement

Charter schools are the fastest-growing choice option in U.S. public education according to this month’s National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ 10th annual report on the growth of charter schools. Over the past five years, student enrollment in charter public schools has grown by 62 percent.

PM Awards

The Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are open for entries. The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. Entries close on 18 March 2016.

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Take a look inside Vanguard Military School from a student perspective in this new video.


By Alwyn Poole, originally published by Real Clear Education: No matter where you live, we should all only have one goal in education: To improve a young person’s knowledge set and skills.

New schools

The Partnership Schools Authorisation Board today released further information about the parties who have applied to establish Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua to open in 2017 in the latest application round, which closed on 30 October.

New applications

The Partnership Schools Authorisation Board has welcomed the high level of interest in the third Partnership Schools Kura Hourua application round, which closed today.

Project based learning news

An overview of the structure and model for South Auckland Middle School which began in Manurewa, New Zealand, in 2014. The documentary was created after the first 18 months of operation. The school was quickly popular as children and their families look for a superb education.

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For the second year in a row, the government has funded charter schools for more students than they actually have. Between them, New Zealand's nine publicly-funded private schools were guaranteed funding for at least 860 students this year.

Quality not Quantity

Editorial: The impulse to glean meaning from a comparison of results at charter and state schools is sound. But it is impossible to actually do so.


Three of the new and highly controversial charter schools offered NCEA last year. Their results have made for easy headlines – think “glowing report card” - and easy ammunition in the House.

Small class sizes have been hailed as one of the key conditions to charter school success in a first report into how the controversial education model is working.

Charter school students have told reviewers the state schools they used to attend were "dumb" and "boring".

The Authorisation Board invites potential applicants to attend the following additional information sessions at one of the following locations on the date and time listed.

Kura Hourua allow communities to be part of their children’s education in a culture of high expectations. An opinion piece by Sir Toby Curtis.  

A Government agreement with multi-network infrastructure company Vector will enable more schools, including Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua, to access the Government-funded N4L Managed Network. The Managed Network provides schools with fast, reliable internet and uncapped data, as well as services such as web filtering, network security and helpdesk support.

New Australian research report: Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education – published by The Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney.

The Authorisation Board invites potential applicants to attend an information session at one of the following locations on the date and time listed.

David Seymour, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education, has announced that a third Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua application round is now open, from today through to October 30.

The commencement of the latest application round for Partnership Schools has been welcomed by Catherine Isaac, Chair of The Partnership Schools Authorisation Board.

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015.

Budget 2015’s funding of two additional Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua will give more young New Zealanders new options in education, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour says.