Pānui ki ngā Mātua

Matua ma, we are pleased to announce the development of a dynamic leadership structure in response to kaiako requests for more support and leadership. The new leadership team comprises of the Tumuaki (Kara Sikisini), Operations Coordinator (Tanya Milner) and Pou Kura (titles to be confirmed).  This interim structure will begin this week with the appointment of Joanee Mokomoko as the Pou Kura who will implement the curriculum and support and guide our kaiako and kairiwhi across all three whare. She brings with her a senior management background, vast educational experience and a love and passion for the kaupapa.


Job descriptions have been written to enable the leadership team to drive innovative quality programmes for our tamariki, source external funding to alleviate financial pressures on the kohanga operations, implement a staff development strategy to support and engage staff, and a rebranding of Nga Kuaka. Komiti Mahi are confident these initiatives will result in a positive culture moving forward and help to reclaim our kohanga’s reputation for excellence.


In terms of current staffing we are farewelling Whaea Lynne in two weeks.  We would like to thank her for the mahi she has done for the kohanga and the love she has given our tamariki over the years. We wish her all the best in her up and coming adventures. Haere i runga i te aroha, nga manaakitanga ki runga i a koe e te Whaea. Over the next two weeks, another two qualified kaiako will start and a further two will be interviewed. Also, two of our current kaiako will be fully qualified by November, nga mihi Whaea Rawinia raua ko Whaea Pare. Whaea Te Atamira has left us to have the little sister of Tamainupo and we will be welcoming back Whaea Hemi soon from having Hinemoa. We would like to mihi to our awesome kairiiwhi who cover all our whare, Whaea Kenzie, Whaea Kaitlyn, Whaea Matehuirua, Whaea Makere and Whaea Hine Te Aorangi. And of course our other kaiako, nga totara o te kohanga nei, Koka Kimi, Whaea Kararita, Whaea Ria (nau mai hoki mai), Whaea Tiria, Whaea Kewa and Whaea Tangi, who will be back from leave next week. We thank you all for the energy and aroha you give our tamariki everyday.


Looking forward, our focus will be on future proofing the kohanga. As the majority of our funding is sourced via our qualified staff, we will continue to recruit qualified teachers in order to build capacity and increase enrolment numbers. Taking into account the feedback from whanau and staff hui, an emphasis on professional development and training will assist in retaining quality staff and building a positive workplace for our kaiako. What has been implemented and what needs to be further discussed by whanau are as follows:

Stage 1 (August - September)

  • New leadership structure implemented

  • New staff development structure rolled out

  • Advertisement for kaiako positions

  • Interviewing prospective kaiako

  • Fees review

  • Whanau engagement


Stage 2 (October - December)

  • Collective negotiations reopen

  • Employment of kaiako

  • Two current kaiako become qualified

  • Enrol tamariki to capacity

  • One month interview of new staff

  • Whanau engagement


Stage 3 (January - February)

  • Evaluation of interim structure

  • Rebranding consultation hui

  • Progress report from kohanga leadership group and komiti mahi

  • Whanau decide on kohanga structure

Over the coming weeks the leadership team will present to whanau their strategic direction for Nga Kuaka.  This will provide matua the opportunity to meet the new team and to see how the new structure operates. There is also an opportunity for matua to give their feedback and share their aspirations for their tamariki and our kohanga on the new Nga Kuaka website www.ngakuaka.org. Please fill out the survey so that we can better understand whanau expectations.  Doing so will greatly assist and help inform our direction moving forward.


Whanau, the next few months will continue to provide challenges while new staff settle in and existing staff readjust, but we believe the future is bright. We have 45 beautiful tamariki who remind us of what is important everyday. They deserve a kohanga with an excellent curriculum, positive and happy kaiako, a stable and safe environment, and whanau and staff who are keen to contribute and lift the culture. We can all be a part of this.


Nga manaakitanga o wa.


Komiti Mahi

Phone: 07 856 2982   /   ngakuaka@xtra.co.nz   /  c/- Te Whare Waananga o Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton

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