February | Huitangaru
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Ngā mihi mahana ki a koe 

Last year was surreal. Intertwined with the chaos and distress was resilience, kindness and togetherness. These past few months, I have found myself often thinking of the whakataukī “Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua” (I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on the past).  

Although we don’t know what’s in store for us in 2021 and though we walk in somewhat blindly, we are heartened that the profession walks with strength and steadiness, bringing the experience and knowledge gained in 2020.  

I hope you can take time to enjoy and celebrate the smiling faces, the ‘a-ha!’ moments, the growth and discovery that awaits you and your learners this year.  

Noho ora mai 
Lesley Hoskin 
Chief Executive 

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Registration and Certification

Annual certification reminder 

On Monday 1 February, 2021 we moved to annual certification. 

This means practising certificates issued from this date will be valid for one year and a new fee structure applies. 

This change will not affect all of you right away, because you only move to annual certification at your next renewal date - i.e., when your current practising certificate expires. Find out when your practising certificate expires.

Quick links to more information about annual certification 
New fee structure
How to apply online through Hapori Matatū | Online Community
Applying for a practising certificate
Renewing a practising certificate
Endorsing an application
Contact us

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20,000 teachers



have applied for practising certificates online through Hapori Matatū since May 2020



of survey respondents say the system is ‘easy’ or
‘very easy’ to use 




is the most common time spent for a teacher
to complete their application

New guidelines for endorsers 

The guidelines provide direction to professional leaders (principal of a school, senior leader of a kindergarten association, centre manager or owner of an early childhood centre, or senior staff member of a Tertiary Education Institution) about what they are responsible for when they endorse a teacher’s practising certificate. 

Professional leaders can also now delegate endorsement responsibilities to a senior staff member. 

This choice allows professional leaders to draw on the ability of other fully certificated senior staff while ensuring the integrity of the professional judgements used in the endorsement process.  

Read new Endorsement Guidelines and info about how to delegate responsibilities

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Your professional practice
New webinars available for Professional Growth Cycle for teachers

New dates and times for webinars in February and March are available for registration.

During the live Zoom webinar the elements of the new Professional Growth Cycle will be discussed, plus building an understanding of the Standards | Ngā Paerewa across your setting and addressing the endorsement decision-making. There will be opportunities for you to ask questions.  

If you can't attend any of the webinars, watch our recorded webinar, available any time, any place.

Register for webinars or watch recorded webinar

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Save the date! March 2, 2021 

You are invited to a virtual introduction to Rauhuia | Leadership Space.

There is a lot to share with you about the concept of Rauhuia | Leadership Space and how you can take part in and benefit from it. 

Leadership is for everyone and this event is for all teachers, regardless of position. Rauhuia | Leadership Space will support your leadership potential take flight – it’s up to you to take that first step.

Mark the evening of Tuesday March 2 in your calendars and join your colleagues. 

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Principals, tumuaki and early childhood education professional leaders: have your say about changes to your appraisal 

An online consultation survey is open for professional leaders to share their feedback on the proposed approach for their professional growth cycle.

Read about the approach and take the online survey.

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2020 teaching graduates: start your enhanced induction and mentoring programme 

This is a government-funded programme available free of charge to newly qualified teachers who had their initial teacher education practical experience affected due to COVID-19. You will start the programme when you start work this year. 

Apply here if you are an eligible teacher who has completed teacher registration and is employed in a teaching role.

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What value can the Teaching Council add to Pacific education?

If you have ideas or expertise in Pacific education, we invite you to join the Pacific Education Steerage Group. Our Governing Council is eager to receive substantive, future-focused and ambitious advice about how the Teaching Council can add value to the Pacific education sector.

Read terms of reference and how to apply

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Your Governing Council at Work

On the agenda at the January Governing Council hui:

  • Special meeting to prepare for the move to annual certification
  • Update on the Ministry's Physical Restraint Advisory Group