Update 8 May 2020

Tēna koutou katoa

It’s been a busy Friday, with a range of meetings.  We got off to a sort of “happy/sad” Zoom, as the management team and Regional Managers farewelled our well-regarded Service Delivery Manager, Veronica Pitt, who has provided sterling service to Playcentre for more than 16 years. We are happy for Veronica as she goes into her new role as executive director of the New Zealand Psychological Society, we are also sad to be losing her, and all her skills and knowledge.  I really liked Veronica’s comment today about what she described as Playcentre’s fantastic support system for children and parents, giving children especially a strong sense of being part of a family and equating Playcentre with feeling safe.

We wish her all the best.

The AGM will take place on 1 August, and the Trustee Board have decided to hold it online due to the COVID-19 situation.   

You can find more information here under the Trustee Board’s new Governance tab on our website.

Another important digital meeting today was with the Ministry of Education to discuss some of the issues around our funding, in view of the Government announcing its Budget next Thursday.  I and some other members of the management team met with several ECE Ministry officials, who expressed real interest in some of the challenges we are facing, not made any easier by the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown.

I think it is really important for us to be able to meet officials to discuss Playcentre specific matters.  Of course we will know a lot more on Thursday.

I want to leave the rest of this update to our Māori Development Manager, Thomas Tauwhiri. Along with the Te Ao Māori Field Workers, Thomas has put together some of the tikanga related to our return to Centres under Level 2, which you will find here on the website.  Thomas is also introducing some Māori educational resources, which you will now find on our website.  

I hope all of you have a relaxing and safe weekend.  

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley

Tēnā koutou katoa rā e Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa

Ka mihi rā ki a koutou e kaha mai nei ki te whai i te reo Māori-a-ipurangi mō ngā painga ako o ngā mokopunga, ngā mātua, ā, ngā whānau hoki. Anei rā ā tātau mahi ki te whakapakari i te reo Māori me ōnā tikanga he painga hoki mō te whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa. Ko ngā rauemi e whai ake nei he kete mātauranga tēnei kia kōhia hei āwhina i a koutou e kimi ana i te ara ako reo Māori, arā he hono ki te paetukutuku. Ka mihi hoki ki ngā kaimahi o Te Ao Māori arā, ko Keri Milich, ko Sasha Harbott, ko Jean Yern, ko Erana Rattray rātau ko Faith Tupou, i ngā wiki kua pāhure ake i mahia-a-ipurangi nei e rātau ngā whakarāpopototanga o tēna wāhanga kōrero, o tēna wāhanga kōrero. Me āta titiro koutou ki ēnei tā kōhā, ki ēnei tauira e whai ake nei, nā ko tērā ka mārama kē atu, he maha ngā haora harikoa mō ngā mokopuna, ngā mātua hoki me āna mahi huhua o te reo Māori

I wish you all the best in your endeavours using Te Reo Māori online to create positive learning experiences for mokopuna, parents and whānau. Our aim is to gradually strengthen the Māori language and tikanga use in Playcentre. The following educational resources have been collated together to assist you in the learning of the Māori language and to direct you to the relevant learning links on the internet. Over the past few weeks our Te Ao Māori field workers Keri Milich, Sasha Harbott, Jean Yern, Erana Rattray and Faith Tupou have worked hard over to bring together the following online Te Reo Māori resources and the relevant summaries for each link. I would like to encourage you to take a look at the offerings and examples put together where you’ll be able to see the hours of enjoyment that both mokopuna and parents alike can gain from learning Te Reo Māori.

Ngā mihi me ngā manaakitanga o te wā

Thomas Tawhiri

Click here for Māori play resources for tamariki

Click here for Te Reo Māori resources for parents and caregivers