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New tools to make nature more accessible

People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps communicate the accessibility of walkways, waterways and cycle ways.

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Maori Language Week

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2020 | Māori Language Week 2020

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2020 runs from 14 September to Sunday 20 September.  This year’s theme is ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ meaning ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’.

On 14 September 1972, 30 thousand signatures were presented to Parliament, asking for te reo Māori to be taught in schools.

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Further temporary changes to NCEA for Auckland students

Additional support, including the option of summer school, is being put in place for senior secondary school students whose learning has been disrupted by the re-emergence of COVID-19 in the community.

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Keep it Real Online – Phase 2

The ‘Keep it Real’ online safety campaign enters its second phase with young people being prompted to help keep themselves safe. The first phase of the campaign was aimed at parents and caregivers, with four ads showing what happens when the online world shows up in real life. The ads were viewed over 32 million times online and received international attention.

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New Website Launched for Sport NZ

Sport NZ has updated its website to become more accessible, inclusive, relevant and user centric, in response to feedback.

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$69m upgrade for online learning

A $69 million online learning package announced by the Government will upgrade schools’ digital networks, improve online security and ensure the ongoing integrity of NCEA Online exams. The package is expected to help break down some of the barriers schools face to offering online exams by offering schools network upgrades, ICT and cyber security support, and digital identities secondary school students can use to access NCEA Online.

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Secondary Student Vocational Excellence Award 2020

The Ministry of Education is now accepting nominations for this year’s Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Award. Launched in 2019, the Award seeks to celebrate the achievements of secondary students enrolled in vocational programmes, and to raise the status of vocational education.

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‘Biggest education changes in decades’ soon to be law

The Education and Training Bill, containing the biggest changes to New Zealand education in decades, has passed all stages in Parliament and will soon be law. A series of fact sheets will soon be available on the Education and Training Act 2020.

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Refreshed Māori Education Strategy released

The refreshed Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo strategies have been released. Ka Hikitia is the Māori Education Strategy and Tau Mai Te Reo is the Māori Language in Education Strategy. The documents underpin Aotearoa New Zealand’s 30-year education vision and objectives and sit at the heart of our wellbeing approach. They set out the strategic direction for Māori education and Māori language in education respectively and the actions that need to be taken across the Ministry, education agencies and the sector.
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Huge boost to aid sport recovery post-Covid

Grant Robertson has today announced the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.

This first release of funding from the Sport Recovery Package includes:

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