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  • Minister of Education: The Honorable Anne Tolley, established an advisory taskforce on early childhood education (known as the ECE Taskforce)


  • Taskforce Report released 1 July 2011, “An Agenda for Amazing Children – Final Report of the ECE Taskforce” (the ECE Taskforce Report). 65 wide-ranging recommendations. The report included adverse comments and recommendations about the Trust and Kōhanga Reo, and failed to recognize the nature and purpose of Kōhanga Reo and their kaupapa.
  • Hikoi in response to the Taskforce Report “An Agenda for Amazing Children – Final Report of the ECE Taskforce” departs from the cenotaph, Parliament buildings 11.00 am to deliver a claim to file an APPLICATION FOR URGENCY by claimants: 

    Dr Tīmoti Kāretū, Tina Olsen-Ratana and Dame Iritana Te Rangi Tawhiwhirangi. On behalf of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board with the Waitangi Tribunal office, for the following reasons:

    • Omissions of the Crown in relation to kōhanga reo, in particular concerning the report of the Government’s Early Childhood Education Taskforce3.

    • The potential development of Government policy which would effect the operation and support of Kōhanga Reo

  • Waitangi Tribunal agree to hear the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust under urgency

  • National Conference – Turangawaewae – 30 Year Celebrations – Te Whakaoho I te pito mata


  • Waitangi Tribunal Hearings – Wai 2336 held at Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Head Office 

  • Waitangi Tribunal 2336 Claim First Hearing Week – Claimant Opening Submissions

  • WAI 2336 REPORT – Released with findings that Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust’s claim is well founded, that the Crown has breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and that Kōhanga Reo have suffered severe prejudice as a result of the Crown’s actions and omission’s.

  • Board Waitangi Claim Report visit to Rohe – presentation of Tribunal’s report to Kōhanga Reo Whānau to consult on the future of Kōhanga Reo in light of these findings and recommendations.


  • Matua Rautia - : The Report on the Kōhanga Reo Claim  released by the Waitangi Tribunal
  • The Minister of Education announced an independent investigation into the Kōhanga Reo National Trust’s financial controls would be conducted. This investigation was done by accounting firm Ernst and Young. Minister Parata and Minister Sharples have now released the final EY report.


  • Hui a motu – Turangawaewae – invitation from Kingi Tuheitia to discuss a way forward for the Kōhanga Reo Movement

    “Nga moemoea me nga wawata e”

     me haere tahi tatou ngā Kōhanga Reo

    Hui will focus on possible models for restructuring the governance arrangements at the Trust.

    Te Kōhanga Reo Governance Working Party - Ngā Tuara Whānui is established to conduct a review and visit every rohe  in regards to establishing  a new trust model.

    Members are:Professor Rawinia Higgins, Tania Simpson, Ruka Broughton, Sir Toby Curtis(Chairperson), Dr Kathie Irwin, Dr Cathy Dewes, Ropata Hepi.

    Ref: He Panui ki Te Whānau 9/4/14

    Ngā Tuara Whānui Report pg 56

  • Hui Turangawaewae a motu
  • Nga Tuara Whānui Review visits begin out to the rohe
  • Ngā Tuara Whānui Report – Report findings of preferred  Trustee structure from Rohe presented


  • Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board Roadshow hui – to share findings from Ngā Tuara Whānui Report with Kōhanga Reo Whānau in Rohe.
  • Daniel Procter appointed as a Trustee


  • Te Karanga a Matariki Breakfast: A signpost  of the journey of Te Kōhanga Reo for the past 34 years
  • The Kōhanga Reo o Rotokawa are nominated as 1 of 14 finalists for the prestigious 2016 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. A first-time nominee and the first Kōhanga Reo ever to be shortlisted.


  • Ceremony for launch of Te Whariki a Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust

  • Poari Matua Elections (Trustee Elections)

     Voting process opens for Rohe to select a trustee to represent the 6 rohe.
  • Public notice of the elected Trustees

    Rohe 1 : Te Taitokerau – Te Raki Pae Whenua ,  SHORTLAND, Te Waihoroi

    Rohe 2 : Tamaki Makaurau ki te Tonga – Tainui,  DENNIS, Hurimoana Nui

    Rohe 3 : Tauranga Moana – Mataatua – Waiariki -Tuwharetoa , RANGIKOTUA, Te Wheoro

    Rohe 4 : Te Tairawhiti – Kahungunu  -  HOOK, Matua

    Rohe 5 : Aotea – Ikaroa - TURIA, Dame Tariana

    Rohe 6 : Te Waipounamu me Wharekauri  -TIPENE, Sue

  • Nōku te Reo, Nōku te Ao – Te Kōhanga Reo Conference – Manawatu Events Centre, Palmerston North
  • New Board Rohe Visits
  • He Manu Pīrere Alumni Foundation is launched
  • Matua Hook appointed as Chairman of Poari Matua
  • Wai 2336 first meeting between the Trust Board and Ministers Davis and Mahuta. Terms of Reference are discussed, and negotiators confirmed
  • Nōku te Reo Nōku te Ao -  Te Kohanga Reo National Conference – Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton



  • Wai 2336 Claim negotiations held fortnightly. Areas for Immediate Pressing Needs are identified

  • He Manu Pīrere Inaugural Scholarships programme

  • The Waka Rauora Reo program has been launched by Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust to support tamariki, mokopuna engagement and participation in te reo Māori and Kōhanga Reo.

  • In 2017, Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust received $5 million in funding through the then Minister of Māori development, Hon. Te Ururoa Flavell. It is drawn down over a three-year period

  • The intention of the funding was targeted towards increasing the number of mokopuna and their whānau accessing te reo through increased participation in Kōhanga Reo.


Trust Board Restructure 

Daniel Procter – Standing board member, Co-Chair

Dame Tariana Turia – Aotea/ Ikaroa Co-Chair

Matua Hook Tairawhiti/Kahungunu

Waihoroi Shortland – Te Tai Tokerau/Te Raki Paewhenua

Hurimoana Dennis – Tainui/Tāmaki ki Te Tonga

Te Wheoro Rangikotua – Mataatua/Waiariki/Tuwharetoa/Tauranga Moana

Sue Tipene – Te Waipounamu


  • Wai 2336 meetings between TKRNT kaimahi and the Crown officials continue

  • Survey (for the Claim) sent out to all Kōhanga Reo requesting information around salary scales.

  • Tamaariki – Learning and Support Needs for Kaiako working in Kōhanga Reo.  Launch held at Hukanui Marae, Hamilton.

  • Ngā Manu Pīrere scholarship awards

  • DIY – Tōku Whare Kōhanga Reo – 1st DIY kaupapa in Kirikiriroa

    • Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Kōhao o te Ngira
    • Te Kōhanga Reo o Taurangi – Waimate North Te Tai Tokerau
    • Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Tihi o Titirangi – Gisborne
    • Te Kōhanga  Reo o Te Maungakohungahunga – Papakura
    • Te Kōhanga Reo o Waitahanui – Taupo
    • Te Kōhanga Reo o Hanana - Shannon
  • Wellbeing Budget – Labour Government.  Kōhanga Reo receives $32 million for 2019

    • $21.484 million – to assist with wages due to the increase in minimum wage

    • $2.5 million – upgrade ICT systems

    • $8.5 million – property - urgent repairs

  • Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Hui a rohe

    • update to Kōhanga Reo on Wai 2336 Claim negotiations and Future direction

  • Prime Minister’s Awards for Education Excellence 2019

    On Tuesday 10th September the Prime Minister’s Awards for Education Excellence were announced, There were five categories and two Kōhanga Reo had made the finals.  They were Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa (Waiariki) and Te Kōhanga Reo o Tari Mano (Waiariki).

    Te Kōhanga Reo o Tarimano was nominated as a finalist for two categories Excellence in Engaging and the 2019 Excellence Focus Prize (Māori Medium Education).   Although they did not win either of the awards the Trust is proud that they were finalists.

    Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa was nominated for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the 2019 Excellence Focus Prize (Māori Medium Education). This Kōhanga Reo won the Excellence in Teaching and Learning section and were recognised for their unique whole of whānau approach to planning and assessing their mokopuna learning programme.    The kaiako and whānau worked collaboratively to share the stories of their whenua and their tipuna - Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho with the tamariki mokopuna.