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Hekia Parata stories

Hekia Parata, a noted figure in New Zealand's educational sector, has made significant contributions to transforming the framework and outcomes of learning in the country. Parata's interests span a broad range of educational initiatives, prominently focusing on integrating digital technologies into the curriculum, enhancing educational infrastructure, and promoting student engagement and achievement. Her efforts reflect a deep commitment to preparing New Zealand's youth for a digitally adept and globally competitive future.

Throughout her tenure, Parata has spearheaded various projects aimed at closing the ICT skills gap, promoting STEM education among young Kiwis, and improving access to digital resources across schools. She has been instrumental in launching platforms like N4L's 'Pond' and pushing for digital curriculum shake-ups. Additionally, her work in fostering collaborations, such as the Communities of Learning and the Trans Tasman principal exchange, highlights her belief in the power of shared knowledge and leadership in enhancing educational outcomes. Parata's legacy in education is marked by her dedication to innovation, equity, and excellence for all learners in New Zealand.

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Communities of Learning expo showcases tools for teachers
Tue, 14th Mar 2017
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The National Cross Sector Forum 2017, hosted by Education Minister Hekia Parata, showcases tools and resources to support education in New Zealand.
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Education Ministry pushes PaCT site for student achievement
Tue, 14th Feb 2017
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New website launched by Government to demonstrate how Progress and Consistency Tool works in education industry. #PaCT #education.
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Govt's Innovative fund opens to ECE
Wed, 8th Feb 2017
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The Government has extended its innovative teaching fund to early education teachers, allowing them to apply for the $18 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund.
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Education Minister slammed for ‘appalling’ response to principal stress review
Tue, 31st Jan 2017
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Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association president slams Minister of Education's response to review on principal stress.
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N4L's Managed Network rollout complete
Tue, 6th Dec 2016
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The Network for Learning Managed Network rollout in New Zealand is complete, providing schools with fast, uncapped, Crown-funded internet.
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Friend or foe, Education Minister Hekia Parata bows out
Wed, 19th Oct 2016
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Education Minister Hekia Parata will not run in New Zealand's General Election next year after nearly a decade in politics.
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Govt offers $1m to engage young Kiwis in digital tech
Thu, 13th Oct 2016
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Government funds nine projects to engage students in digital technologies, including local projects and support for Maori students.
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Government launches new pathway for 'disengaged' Kiwi students
Wed, 21st Sep 2016
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New DualPathways scheme bolsters career prospects for 'disengaged' Kiwi teens, merging school with tertiary education or training.
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NZ sitting rosy when it comes to education, OECD report finds
Wed, 21st Sep 2016
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New Zealand's education sector is performing well compared to other developed countries, according to the OECD's Education at a Glance report.
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Papatoetoe school next in line for big govt upgrade
Tue, 20th Sep 2016
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Papatoetoe Central School in Auckland set to undergo $4.2 million upgrade as part of city-wide education improvements.
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Education Minister releases latest ERO indicators
Tue, 23rd Aug 2016
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Education Minister Hekia Parata believes new school evaluation indicators will help New Zealand children achieve educational success.
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Waiheke schools in line for massive govt investment
Thu, 4th Aug 2016
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Two schools on Waiheke Island set to receive $40m investment for infrastructure rebuild and upgrade, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.
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New Zealand takes part in Trans Tasman principal exchange
Wed, 3rd Aug 2016
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New Zealand and Australia embark on a pioneering principal exchange program, enhancing educational leadership across the Tasman.
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Govt's digital tech in schools announcement not up to scratch
Tue, 12th Jul 2016
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The Institute of IT Professionals NZ criticizes New Zealand government's new digital technology integration program.
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Will the 'computer geek’ become extinct?
Wed, 6th Jul 2016
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Digital technology will be integrated into New Zealand's curriculum by 2018, according to an announcement by the Minister of Education Hekia Para.
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NZ school curriculum set for digital shake up
Tue, 5th Jul 2016
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New Zealand education embracing digital technology in a bid to prepare children for the future, says Education Minister.
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Further funding for NZ schools
Mon, 27th Jun 2016
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​Otago and Southland are the latest regions to benefit from funding for school property, with the Government announcing $37 million will be invested.
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Online resource to help schools with teacher aides
Tue, 21st Jun 2016
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The creation of an online guide to help schools make the best use of teacher aides has been welcomed by the Minister of Education.
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Ministry announces extension of Teacher-Led Innovation Fund
Mon, 13th Jun 2016
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The Ministry of Education will extend funding for the Teacher-Led Innovation Fund for another two years, according to Education Minister Hekia Parata.
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Canterbury schools set to benefit from Budget 2016
Tue, 31st May 2016
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Canterbury schools to receive $276m investment in infrastructure as part of Budget 2016, according to Education Minister Hekia Parata.
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Parata: 'Most' schools to get extra funding
Mon, 30th May 2016
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Most schools in New Zealand to receive extra funding after targeting discretionary funding to at-risk students.
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Labour slams controversial 100k BYOD donation
Tue, 17th May 2016
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The Labour Party is accusing the Govt of ignoring inequalities caused by BYOD after a controversial 100k donation to Wakatipu High School.
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PM Education Excellence Awards finalists revealed
Tue, 3rd May 2016
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Finalists for Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards announced with 14 making the cut, says Education Minister.
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Green Party calls out Education Minister over ECE push
Tue, 3rd May 2016
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Green Party criticizes Government's push for increased participation in early childhood education, claiming it puts children at risk.