The safety of our people comes first
Māori Teachers’ Conference cancelled
It is with the safety of our people in mind that PPTA made the call to cancel the annual Māori Teachers’ Conference when New Zealand went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 crisis.
A major national event held in July every year, the conference is aimed at Māori teachers working across the curriculum, including guidance counsellors and transition teachers, teachers of Te Reo Māori and teachers involved in Māori medium education.
PPTA Apiha Māori Te Mākao Bowkett said it was with a heavy heart the cancellation of the Hui-ā-Tau was made but the priority was the safety of our people.
Kia tau i runga i te rangimārie.
Ngā Manu Kōrero 2020 cancelled
The Ngā Manu Kōrero secondary school speech competition regional coordinators’ moved unanimously to cancel the regional and national competitions when it met in Te Whanganui-ā-Tara on March 19-20.
On behalf of the 2020 Ngā Manu Kōrero Regional Coordinators’ Kōmiti Whakahaere Dr Te Mākao Bowkett said the decision was made in light of the Covid-19 crisis.
“This decision was made in the best interests and survival of our tamariki mokopuna, kuia koroua and whānau whānui. Ngā Manu Kōrero has an enduring essence that permeates within our important values of whakawhanaungatanga and aroha. Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki,” she said.