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Have a question about appraisal?
New guides for sharing information about young people
New podcast episode
Register for Teachers' Games
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori resources
Hapori Matatu update
From the Archives
Ngā mihi nui ki a koe,

August has been a tough, rewarding and exciting month for the Council. 

You will have received our update email about appraisal. I urge you to read it carefully and check out the FAQs we have compiled.
Right now, you should continue to participate in your appraisal process. However, work has begun with the NZ School Trustees' Association, the parties to the Accord and other stakeholders to work through future changes. We'll keep you up to date through this newsletter and our website. 

It was a privilege to send New Zealand's oldest practising teacher flowers and a card to celebrate her 90th birthday earlier this month. The entire Council staff joined me in thanking Augusta Johnson, drama teacher at Southland Boys' High School, for pouring her heart and soul into the craft for so many years!
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is coming up in September and we have a full week of activities to celebrate te reo and learn new kupu.  We will be walking in the hīkoi in Te Whanganui-a-Tara and trying out tī rākau in the office.

Kia Kaha te Reo Māori, together let's make the Māori language strong!

Ngā mihi,
Interim CE

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We have compiled some Frequently Asked Questions about the recent email about appraisal we sent to all teachers. 

Read the FAQs

Read the latest email about appraisal

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From darts and dodgeball to squash and golf there are sports to suit all levels of competitiveness and fitness – plus social events like trivia night and craft beer and sliders night. Get a team together of fellow teachers and have fun playing sport and making new connections! 

Where: Mount Maunganui
When: September 29 to October 2
Who: You! (all staff members welcome, including teachers, groundspeople and teacher aids)

Changes to the rules about how educators and agencies share children's personal information came into effect July 1. The new guides will help teachers and leaders share information safely and appropriately.

Read the Ministry of Education's guides

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Hear the stories of two provisionally certificated early childhood teachers ready to leave the profession and why they chose to stay (spoiler alert: caring, supportive and effective mentoring).

This episode is jam-packed with gems of advice, and insight from mentor teachers in the ECE sector on how they effectively nurture and support the next generation of teachers.

Listen here or search on iTunes and Apple podcasts

Read the transcript

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Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori resources

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori runs from 9-15 Mahuru. Click on the below links for resources to celebrate and learn!

Posters, kupu, phrase booklets

Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners

Teaching Today podcast: A case study on culturally responsive teaching

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Hapori Matatū | Online Community IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Online registration and certification will be here soon - you’ll need an ESL account!

That’s right, the Council's new online services system, Hapori Matatū | Online Community, is getting ready for the teaching profession to access. Hapori Matatū is a ‘digital front-door’ that will allow teachers to access all online services and renew certification online.  This is a safe, secure and professional space for teachers and professional leaders.  

What will registered teachers be able to do on Hapori Matatū?
We’ve worked alongside teachers and professional leaders to design this online service to ensure it is simple, easy to navigate and has the right tools available.  Through Hapori Matatū, registered teachers will be able to do a range of things including:
  • Apply for and renew practising certificates online.
  • Apply for practising certificate extensions.
  • Upload supporting documentation.
  • Track the progress of your activities, applications and reports, in real time.
  • Find out about, and book into, upcoming workshops and professional learning opportunities.
  • Make payments (e.g. certification and workshop fees).
  • Manage and update your profile information.
  • Share resources, literature and research to support your professional learning and development.
  • Join online discussions with other teachers and professional leaders.
  • Create and join online groups.
  • Get online assistance from our Teaching Council Customer Service team. 
Professional leaders will additionally be able to:
  • Complete key tasks online (e.g. endorsing teacher practicing certificates and extension requests; and submitting mandatory reports).
  • Meet reporting obligations.
  • Start/join groups and discussions with colleagues and collaborate with the education community.
  • Access endorsements and reporting on conduct and competence concerns in one place.
How will you access Hapori Matatū?
Once available, Hapori Matatū will be easily accessible with a direct link that we’ll supply you, or via the Teaching Council website.  You’ll need to use your Education Sector Logon (ESL) to access Hapori Matatū.

How do you apply for an ESL account?
When Hapori Matatū is available you’ll need an ESL account.  This is a username and password used in institutions for access to Education sector applications such as Te Waharoa Ararau and e-asTTle. If you don’t already have an ESL account you can arrange one through your learning centre, or school ESL Delegated Authoriser.

Are you working in early childhood or tertiary education?  
Although you haven’t previously required an ESL Log-on for the Teaching Council, unless you have already renewed a full practicing certificate using our EC30 Online form, you will now need to apply for an ESL account.

When will Hapori Matatū be available?
We’re currently testing but will confirm the date Hapori Matatū will be available very soon.

Here’s some great feedback we’ve received from our testing:
"I have been on and done all the tasks so far with success! The layout is easy to follow and looking good! Definitely a website you can spend a bit of time on looking around and fiddling in order to get to know where you can access everything. Awesome!" Stacey, Carlyle Kindergarten, Napier

Want to know more? Hapori Matatū FAQs

New policy coming soon - Teacher Registration, Practising Certificates and Limited Authority to Teach
The Teaching Council consulted with the profession to develop our new policy. The new policy has been simplified so that applicants, teachers and professional leaders better understand what is required to get registered, and apply for or renew a practising certificate or Limited Authority to Teach.  

What changes are in the new policy?
  • The Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession Ngā Tikanga Matatika Ngā Paerewa are at the centre. 
  • Strengthening bi-cultural capability.
  • Introducing more flexibility into the process.
  • Making sure knowledge is current for beginning and experienced teachers.
This will replace the current Registration policy and will be implemented and delivered by the new online services system, Hapori Matatū.

Want to know more? New policy FAQs 

If you would like more information about these changes, please call our Contact Centre (they’re ready, willing and able to help) on (04) 471 0852 or

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From the Archives

Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week. This is a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori and to use more Māori phrases in everyday life.

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Teacher assistant Nan Bella with a new generation of Māori speakers in the bilingual unit at Waiwhetū School, Lower Hutt, 1991. Source: NZ History
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