Wai 2336 Communication to Kōhanga Reo Whānau

Whiria te muka here tāngata, amohia te ora o te mokopuna

Tangihia o tātou mate, e huri koutou ki te whenua taurikura mō koutou, waiho mā muri nei koutou e tangi, e poroporoaki, koutou e oki.

Kei aku rangatira, koutou ngā whānau o Te Kōhanga Reo, nei a kupu whakamiha ki a koutou i tō tātou puiaki ko Te Kōhanga Reo. Kua kuhu nei tātou ki te Mātahi o te tau, e kainamu mai nei te aranga o Matariki, Matariki ka māoka te hinu.

Kua tae noa te wā kia rere tēnei karere ki a koutou, kia pai ai tō tātou anga whakamua ki te ara e tika ana mō tātou.

Many of you have asked us about progress on the Wai 2336 Claim and how this relates to things like pay equity and pay parity. The Board has met and have had many long and fruitful discussions on these matters, and it is important that we keep you up to date with developments in these areas.

We are clear that a foundation of the Claim, the recognition of Te Tohu Whakapakari at degree level, is pivotal to our ongoing progress in achieving pay equity and pay parity. It is not acceptable for organisations outside of Kōhanga Reo to frame our Kaiako as “unqualified” simply because they do not value the Tohu. The mana of the Tohu must not be compromised. We have been clear with the Crown that this must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

We are equally clear that in terms of comparisons for pay parity these must be with Kura. When it comes to pay and conditions for our Kaiako and Kaimahi we have told the Crown that these comparisons must be with Kaiako and Kaimahi in Kura and that funding for Kōhanga Reo be adjusted to achieve this as they are for other organisations.

There is much mahi that sits behind making this happen and this is underway. To help achieve this we have established a working group comprised of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board members and senior management. We are committed to ensuring our Kaiako and Kaimahi are able to fully benefit from pay equity and pay parity and are working with the Crown to achieve this while also maintaining our Tino rangatiratanga and mana. We will continue to keep you updated as this mahi progresses.

E kore koutou e tawhiti i ō mātou whakaaro, kaati ake i kōnei.