The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) recognises the particular needs of Pacific Island teachers and students, and is committed to the promotion of policies and programmes to address their professional, industrial and cultural issues. This work is co-ordinated regionally through local Pasifika networks and Regional Pasifika coordinators and nationally through PPTA's Komiti Pasifika.
Komiti Pasifika 2015
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 19:52
The 2015 New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) Komiti Pasifika representatives.
Komiti Pasifika meet regularly, have a representative on the PPTA National Executive and are happy to hear from members and raise any issues or queries from members for discussion at meetings.
The current Komiti Pasifika members are:
Natalie Faitala, Jess Earnshaw, Maria Lemalie, Thom Faleolo, Pushpa Reddy, Sinapi Taeao
Area 1 includes the following regions: Upper Central & Lower Northland, Auckland, Counties Manukau, Waikato, Central Plateau, Thames Valley, Bay of Plenty, Western Bay of Plenty, Taranaki and East Coast.
Area 2 includes the following regions: Hawkes Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Wairarapa, Wellington, Hutt Valley, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, Aoraki, Otago and Southland.
Lalaga: making connections - PPTA Pasifika Fono
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 22:35
The PPTA Pasifika Fono 2014 - Lalaga: making connections - was held 14-15 July 2014
Komiti Pasifika submission on the Education Amendment Bill 2012 (charter schools)
- Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 02:18
The Association's Komiti Pasifika is the elected Pasifika member advisory committee to the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) Executive. This submission was presented to the Education and Science Select Committee on behalf of the PPTA Komiti Pasifika.
The Komiti strongly opposed the provisions in the Education Amendment Bill, which sought to establish charter schools.
In this submission the Komiti commented on the factors that currently impact negatively on Pasifika students' educational achievement and on the provisions in the Education Amendment Bill that they believed would make the situation worse.
Could charter schools in New Zealand raise levels of Pasifika student achievement?
It is extremely difficult to see how charter schools as proposed in this Bill can address the issues we believe are truly responsible for the lower levels of student achievement of Pasifika students. There is no reputable evidence that students in charter schools overseas perform better. In many cases where this has been claimed, eg in US KIPP schools, it has been found that where they may, initially at least, appear to have higher levels of achievement, this is due to selective student intake, removal of lower performing students, "˜teaching to the test' pedagogy, high levels of segregation and increased levels of government funding and resourcing than public schools. The 2010 Civil Rights Project at UCLA issued a nationwide report  based on the analysis of federal government data in 40 states and the District of Columbia and several dozen metropolitan cities. The report found that charter schools stratified students by race, class and language and were far more segregated and racially isolated than traditional public schools in virtually all these areas.