20 May Media Release: Rob McLeod To Chair New Independent Charity To Support Partnership Schools

Rob McLeod

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).

E Tipu e Rea will work with prospective, new and existing Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua in New Zealand. It will offer support and promote quality during the application and set-up stage for Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua, and work across the network of existing schools to help maximise their success and impact. The charity’s aim is to help every child in Aotearoa New Zealand enjoy educational success and fulfil their potential, regardless of their background.

Rob McLeod, who is of Ngāti Porou and has a wealth of experience working in business, public policy, education and Māori economic development, sees the Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua initiative as an important opportunity to lift educational achievement among Māori, Pasifika and other disadvantaged students who are not succeeding in regular public schools.

“The concept offers the chance for communities to be part of the solution to enabling their children to succeed in education, and to overcome their disadvantages. I’m excited to be able to support these schools and their whanau to make what can be a life-changing difference for these children by giving them a world-class education.”

E Tipu e Rea (see our whakatauāki and translation below) will be offering support to applicants from the current and future application rounds, as well as those who are already up and running.

Among the Board of Directors of E Tipu e Rea is former All Black La’auli Savae Michael Jones, a leader in Pacific educational and economic development and Sponsor of partnership school Pacific Advance Senior School.  Mr Jones said the leaders of the nine schools that opened in 2014 and 2015 were very supportive of the establishment of the new organisation.

“Most found the process of applying for and setting up a Partnership School very demanding and that the preparation required is extensive. We look forward to providing support not just for applicants but also to help existing schools deliver outstanding educational outcomes for their students”, said Mr Jones.

Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua are state-funded, independently-run schools whose focus is to lift educational achievement among Māori, Pasifika, students from low socio-economic backgrounds and students with special education needs. The schools, who can partner with iwi, businesses and other organisations, sign a contract with the Crown to meet specified educational and other targets in return for greater freedom and flexibility in how they operate.

Contact Information:

Enquiries: enquiries@etipuerea.org

Rob McLeod: ph 027 589 9318

Notes for Editors:

About E Tipu e Rea

E Tipu e Rea is an independent, not-for-profit support organisation for existing, new and prospective Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua in New Zealand.  Our vision is to ensure that every child in Aotearoa New Zealand can enjoy educational success and fulfil their potential, regardless of their background. The PKC will be funded by philanthropic grants.

Website: www.etipuerea.org

Email: enquiries@etipuerea.org

Our whakatauāki

This was written by Sir Āpirana Ngata in the notebook of a schoolgirl, Rangi Bennett, in 1949.

‘E tipu, e rea, mō ngā rā o tō ao; ko to ringaringa ki ngā rākau a te Pākehā hei oranga mō tō tinana; ko tō ngākau ki ngā taonga o ō tïpuna hei tikitiki mō tō māhunga. Ko tō wairua ki tō Atua, nāna nei ngā mea katoa.’

‘Grow tender shoot for the days of your world. Turn your hand to the tools of the Pākehā for the wellbeing of your body. Turn your heart to the treasures of your ancestors as a crown for your head. Give your soul unto God the author of all things.’

Rob McLeod – Chair

Rob McLeod, Ngāti Porou, is a leading tax practitioner and business advisor with over 30 years’ commercial experience.  For the last calendar year, he was Chairman of Ernst & Young New Zealand. Prior to that he was Managing Partner of Ernst & Young Australasia for a number of years.

Rob has extensive governance experience, including as a member of the Waitangi Fisheries Commission, a Director of Telecom, Sky City, ANZ National Bank, Sealord, Tainui Group Holdings, and Aotearoa Fisheries, and was the longest-standing Chair of the NZ Business Roundtable.

Rob has served on many Government task forces and advisory groups covering education, Māori economic development, defence, infrastructure and taxation. He was Chair of the McLeod Tax Review, the most recent official government comprehensive review of the NZ tax system, and served on a review of the company tax rate in Australia. In 2006 Rob received Auckland University’s Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award.  He was Lead Negotiator for the recent Ngāti Porou treaty settlement.

Rob has been actively involved in the accounting profession as a member of Council and Executive Board as well as Chair of its tax technical committee.  He has written and presented numerous papers, lectured in NZ Universities and supervised post-graduate students.

About Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua

  • Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua were introduced as part of the Education Amendment Act (2013)
  • These schools are state-funded, privately run schools. The ‘sponsor’ for a school holds a contract with the Crown which stipulates a number of key outcomes to be delivered by the sponsor in return for greater freedom and flexibility about the way the school is organised and the curriculum.
  • Five schools were opened in 2014, and a further four in 2015. One school, Te Pumanawa o te Wairua, closed in March 2016, due to performance issues. The eight current schools are: The Rise UP Academy, South Auckland Middle School, Vanguard Military School, Te Kura Hourua O Whangarei Terenga Paraoa, Pacific Advance Senior School, Te Kāpehu Whetū, Te Kura Māori o Waatea, and Middle School West Auckland
  • The current application round for schools opening in 2017 began in mid-August and is expected to conclude within the next few weeks.
  • The Partnership Schools Authorisation Board’s website is partnershipschools.education.govt.nz