Government continues to support schools in the Port Hills

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

It has been a positive couple of months for schools across the Port Hills. In June Hon Hekia Parata and I hosted a morning tea at Cashmere High School for Port Hills student leaders and principals. It was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to share their views on how we can work together to achieve educational excellence.  

A real highlight of the month was Minister Parata’s announcement to set aside her interim decision to close Redcliffs School. This outcome is undeniably a tribute to the hard work of the board, staff, pupils and the wider community. Aku mihi ki te hunga i whai wāhi - many thanks to all those involved.

The Ministry of Education is now investigating options to relocate or reopen the school on its original site. This next step acknowledges the importance of the school to the community while ensuring we safeguard the well-being of our children and their education now and into the future.

While there won’t be a formal consultation process, your feedback will be important. From day one, I have worked behind the scenes to ensure the community’s views were heard by the Minister, and I will continue to do this until a final decision is made. If you have any feedback you would like me to pass on please contact me at 03 384 0008 or

This month’s Government announcement that digital technology will be formally included in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (the national curriculum for Māori medium) is also fantastic news for Christchurch students. It’s an exciting milestone as it marks the first change to the curriculum since 2007. With digital technology playing an increasingly important role both at home and work, this change will ensure our young people have the confidence and skills they need to succeed in a digitally fluent world.