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Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust advises Kōhanga Reo to remain closed at Alert Level 3

Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust is advising Kōhanga Reo to remain closed under COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

“The Trust believes whānau should take an extra precautionary approach and not risk the health and wellbeing of our vulnerable pakeke, kaumatua and mokopuna,” says Angus Hartley, Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Tumu Whakarae (Chief Executive).

“The advice from the Ministries of Education and Health is not consistent with the risk profile that exists at Kōhanga Reo. We have surveyed our Kōhanga Reo whānau and over a third fall into high-risk groups. More than that, nearly 80% of our Kōhanga Reo are telling us they do not feel safe to return to mahi at Alert Level 3.

“Our focus is on ensuring a safe, nurturing environment where mokopuna can flourish. It’s difficult to achieve this when Kaiako are uncertain and anxious.

“Our whānau are right to be concerned given our aging workforce and other disparities. I want to ensure Kōhanga Reo do not have the opportunity to be a vector of transmission in our communities. The potential cost is just too high.”

“Kōhanga Reo have been engaging their whānau online, via Facebook and over the phone. They are telling us they’re prepared to continue distance learning and the Trust is actively encouraging this with our own programme to supplement this mahi.

“Kōhanga Reo who wish to open are free to do so. This is a Kōhanga Reo whānau decision. If they open, strict adherence to the guidance from the Ministries of Education and Health must be followed. The Trust is providing all of the relevant advice to Kōhanga Reo.”

ENDS

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Tuesday, 21 April

COVID-19 Update Pānui no. #13

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453

E te whānau tēnā koutou,

As you are aware Kura and Kōhanga Reo will be able to open at Alert Level 3. There are strict public health requirements which must be met before Kōhanga Reo can re-open.

Opening at Alert Level 3 is to accommodate the mokopuna of essential workers, and those in approved industries. This must be balanced against the Health and Safety of kaimahi and whānau. Our first thoughts must be to protect our most vulnerable,  mokopuna, pakeke, kaumātua and those who have health risks.

The Ministry of Education have published this guidance on opening at Alert Levels 2 and 3.

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Monday, 20 April

COVID-19 Update Pānui no. #12

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453

Tēnā koutou katoa

This afternoon the Prime Minister announced Aotearoa will remain at COVID-19 Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Monday, 27 March. We will then move to Alert Level 3 for a further two weeks.

Alert Level 4 means:

  • Stay home, save lives;
  • Kōhanga Reo will remain closed at Alert Level 4 and funding will continue based on enrolments.
  • Trainers will continue to be in contact with ākonga regarding their kete and deliver training online; and
  • Trust kaimahi will continue working from home and will be available to kōhanga whānau by phone and email.

Further information about what Alert Level 3 looks like for Kōhanga Reo will be sent out later this week. The Trust is continuing to work with key government departments to plan the return of Kōhanga Reo at lower alert levels including funding implications.

These are difficult times and in the words of Tā Hemi Henare we can take heart;

“Kua tawhiti kē to haerenga mai, kia kore e haere tonu.

He tino nui rawa ōu mahi, kia kore e mahi nui tonu”

“We have come too far, not to go further. We have done too much, not to do more”

Maintaining your mental wellbeing is crucial. You can free call or text 1737 at any time to speak with a trained counsellor – it’s free and confidential.

All pātai can be directed to comms@kohanga.ac.nz.

Nō reira e te whānau kia ū kia maia, kia manawanui.

Angus Hartley

Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive

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Saturday, 18 April
COVID-19 Update Pānui no. #11

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453

KEEPING UP WITH YOUR TRAINING WHILE IN LOCKDOWN

Tēnā rā koutou ngā ākonga, huri noa i te motu

Kua hipa te rua wiki e noho rāhui ana tātou katoa.  Ko te tūmanako kei te noho ora mai koutou i roto i o koutou kainga mirumiru (Bubbles)!
What is happening in the wider Tertiary Education space

During this time we have been busy behind the scenes, trying to work out the reality of te Mate Urutā (Covid-19) for our whānau, our mokopuna, and you, our ākonga.
The government organisations (TEC, NZQA and MoE) are working with all training providers to make sure that ākonga ‘stay enrolled’ on their training programmes.

They have also advised that they will allow some flexibility for changes to training delivery, and with reporting ākonga progress.  In essence they are saying “me haere tonu ngā mahi”.

The reality is that this is ‘very new’ not just for Aotearoa, but for the rest of the world.  Therefore, as a PTE, Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust are not alone in needing to find new and innovative ways to carry on with the training programmes that our ākonga are enrolled in…..

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL VERSION OF PĀNUI UPDATE 11

Friday, 10 April
COVID-19 Update Pānui no. #9 – Wage Subsidy

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453

Tangihia mai koutou te maunga Titohea, tangihia mai ngā hau ā Te Uru whānui,  Tangihia tō tātau koroua a Huirangi Waikerepuru kei te huinga o Te Kahurangi a ia ngaro atu nei, Nāhau i whakarauora mai rā te ara whakamua mō te reo Māori, mō ngā reo irirangi Māori, ngā kaupapa whakakotahi i tō iwi Māori. Haere e koro, haere, whakangaro atu. Tēnā anō tatou te hunga ora e aue tonu nei i roto i tēnei kaupapa here i a tatou ki ō tatou kainga. Ka waiho ake ēnei kōrero kia tae a tinana ki runga i tōnā marae tangi ai.

 

Kei ngā pakihiwi kaha o te kaupapa o te Kōhanga reo, e manako nui nei kei te ora koutou,kei te noho haumaru koutou ki ō koutou kainga maha. E whakaaro nui ana ki o tatou mate ki rātou kua rupeke ki tua. Mā te wāhi Ngaro tātou katoa e manaaki e tiaki. Kāti ake e aku rau rangatira tēnā koutou, tena koutou,Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau Kōhanga Reo.

It is 16 days since going into lockdown and we know that at times it can be testing as we move through the stages of self-isolation. What is important is that we continue to take care of ourselves and each other, our whānau, and most importantly – our most vulnerable – our mokopuna and our kaumātua…..

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL COPY OF PDF PĀNUI UPDATE 9

 

 

Thursday, 2 April

Pānui #8 – Wage Subsidy Reminder

Kia ora koutou katoa
On 24 March we advised Kōhanga Reo not to apply for the wage subsidy provided by Work and Income.
The Trust made this recommendation as most Kōhanga Reo will not experience a reduction in revenue by 30% or more, because:
1. The Ministry of Education committed to fund Kōhanga Reo based on enrolments not attendance; and 2. The funding rate increase (effective 1 January 2020) will apply for the full funding period through to July’s funding drop.
Employers who receive the wage subsidy who do not experience a 30% decline in revenue may be required to repay the money to the government. It is important that any Kōhanga Reo who is considering, or who have applied for the wage subsidy, only do so on the written advice of your accountant. If your Kōhanga doesn’t have an accountant and you believe you have or will experience a 30% decline in revenue related to COVID-19, please contact us on: comms@kohanga.ac.nz …for a full pānui click below

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL COPY OF PDF PĀNUI UPDATE 8

Pānui 7 26 March 2020

Thursday, 26 March
COVID-19 Update Pānui no. #7
THERE IS A PRINTABLE PDF ATTACHED.

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453

Tēnā tātou e te whānau e mihi tonu ki ā tatou i raro tonu i ngā ākina me ngā karawhiu o te wā.
The following kōrero is from the Ministry of Health and explains our current state of enforced isolation and what Covid-19 Level 4 means.
Key messages from the Ministry of Health

At 11:59pm last night, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 4.
The messages are clear – Stay home, save lives – Noho kainga, Noho haumaru.
New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of their household.

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL COPY OF PDF PĀNUI UPDATE 7

Pānui 6 24 March 2020

Tuesday, 24 March
COVID-19 Update Pānui no. #6 – Kōhanga Funding

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453
This pānui covers:
– Maramataka Online – Meeting Payroll – Wage Subsidy and Leave Payment

Maramataka

From today Maramataka Online (MOL) will be closed. The Trust will process the MOL using the Health and Safety closedown mechanism for all Kōhanga as at yesterday, 23 March. This means your funding for the next four weeks will be based on this month’s enrolments.
As of today, we will add for every kohanga “HS” health and safety for kaimahi and tamariki in the KIS system. There is no need for your kohanga to do anything as we the Trust have taken this on board for you.

Payroll

It is important that you continue to meet your payroll obligations. For those using NetPay you can arrange and pre-authorise payroll payments in advance. You should consider doing this today for the next four weeks.
If you need assistance, you can contact NetPay on 0800 111 414 or email answers@netpay.co.nz.

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL COPY OF PDF PĀNUI UPDATE 6

Pānui 5 23 March 2020

Tēnā koutou katoa

The Government has announced New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 3 for the next 48 hours before moving to Level 4.

This means all Kōhanga Reo will be required to close from Wednesday, 25 March for at least a month. All playgrounds and other community facilities will be closed. For more information on what this means visit covid19.govt.nz.

Kōhanga funding will be maintained throughout the period New Zealand is under Alert level 4. The government have indicated funding will be not be impacted for non-attendance.

For full Pānui click on the link below.

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL COPY OF PDF PĀNUI UPDATE 5

Thursday, 19 March – COVID-19 Update Pānui no. #4

PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE ON TO YOUR WHĀNAU. THERE IS A PRINTABLE PDF ATTACHED.

“Te reo, he taonga, te mokopuna, te tino taonga.”

Ngā manaakitanga ō te wā ki a koutou katoa,

The purpose of this pānui is to provide you with an update on the Trust’s response and planning to this point. This update includes:

  • The Current State of Covid-19 in Aotearoa
  • Mitigation Strategies
  • Managing suspected cases
  • Important information for Kōhanga Reo
  • TKRNT’s Response

The Current State of Covid-19 in Aotearoa…(for the full Pānui) click on the link below.

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL COPY OF PDF PĀNUI UPDATE 4

Pānui Update 3: COVID- 19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS)
Te Tari Matua
17  March Poutūterangi 2020

“Kauparehia ngā haukino o te wā kia wātea kia mahea, kia tau te āio nuku, te āio rangi ki te mata o te whenua, kia whāno, haumi e, hui e, tāiki e!”

Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust is taking COVID-19 (Coronavirus) seriously. A National Office team has been convened to keep whānau informed and send updates out every 48 hours. This will be reviewed and changed if the situation evolves.

This email covers essential information for all kōhanga reo to understand. This email covers:

  1. Advice and support to whānau;
  2. What to do if you suspect infection;
  3. What the Trust is doing to be prepared……..(for the full Pānui) click on the link below.

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF COPY OF PĀNUI UPDATE 3

Pānui: COVID- 19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS)
Te Tari Matua
4 March Poutūterangi 2020
Te Pou Tuawha – Whaioranga ā te Mokopuna me te Whānau

Tēnā koutou e ngā whānau o ngā Kōhanga reo puta noa,

We are conscious of the concerns surrounding CORONAVIRUS or COVID -19 and the impact this may be having on whānau across the motu. While there are now two reported instances in Aotearoa, the Ministry of Health is saying the risk remains low and there are many preventative measures we already have in place that will help to contain the risk.

COVID -19 comes from a large family of viruses that cause sicknesses ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses. Symptoms are fever, coughing, and difficulty of breathing, with older people and young children more likely to develop a serious form of the illness….(for the full Pānui) click on the link below.

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF COPY OF PĀNUI