Saturday, 22 July 2017

Manaiakalani Summer blogging

Dr Rachel Williams has been giving media interviews about the success of the summer blogging programme the WFRC has implemented for Manaiakalani children during the holidays.

"Students across 10 [sic] east Auckland schools can read and share their blogs with one another, giving and receiving feedback.
It’s paying off, she said: "We’re seeing incredible gains personally, socially, developmentally, in terms of literacy achievement in both reading and writing".

The full newspaper report is here

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Fusion Networks Announces IT Internship Pilot

One of Maniakalani's key partners, Fusion Networks,  recently announced an IT Internship Pilot which it will be undertaking with students from Tamaki College. The programme will allow students to gain practical, hands-on experience in the IT sector, where they can develop skills and competencies which will help them when they enter the workplace.

Click the image below to find out more:

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Technology: What's it really doing to our kids? - NZ Herald

A recent article by NZ Herald's science reporter, Jamie Morton, investigates how the increasing prevalence of digital technology is affecting child development.

The article includes comments from Professor Stuart McNaughton, director of the Woolf Fisher Research Centre at the University of Auckland's Faculty of Education. Professor McNaughton mentions Manaiakalani and the research into digital devices within education which Manaiakalani and Woolf Fisher have been working on together.

To read the full article, click the image below:

Friday, 25 November 2016

Documentary about Mālama Honua visit

Last March, two vessels visited Auckland as part of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. The waka landed at Pt England on the Tāmaki River, and were greeted by 2500 students from Manaiakalani schools.

A half-hour documentary produced by ʻŌiwi TV about the visit and the story of Manaiakalani was released yesterday.

Watch the documentary by clicking the image below:

Click here to learn more about the visit on

Monday, 21 November 2016

Digital devices for all children - Horowhenua Chronicle

A recent article by Ashleigh Collis in the Horowhenua Chronicle talks about the founding of the Te Hinaki Trust, which was formed in 2015 with the goal of improving access to digital technology for learners in Horowhenua, following the same approach as Manaiakalani.

Te Hinaki trustee Douglas Rowan talks about how the trust was formed after visiting the Manaiakalani cluster in Auckland: "I have never seen a change in achievement patterns like I've seen with Manaiakalani. It was unbelievable."

To read the full article, click the image below:

Friday, 18 November 2016

Innovation Awards in the Media

Russell Burt (Manaiakalani Convenor & Principal of Pt England School) recently spoke to RadioLive's Vaughn Davis about Manaiakalani and the recent win of a pair of New Zealand Innovation Awards.

Click the image below to go to RadioLive and hear the full interview:

Here are some other articles that talk about this years NZ Innovation Awards winners, including Manaiakalani:



Thursday, 17 November 2016

Manaiakalani picks up two New Zealand Innovation Awards

The Manaiakalani Education Programme was announced as the winner in two categories of the New Zealand Innovation Awards 2016 on Thursday October 20th at SKY City Convention Centre. 

The categories that Manaiakalani won in are:


Overall there were 21 winners, 19 highly commended awards across 11 industry categories and 10 business disciplines.

Click here to read the full press release

Here is a short video interview with Russell Burt (Manaiakalani Schools Convenor & Principal of Pt England School):

The New Zealand Innovation Awards eZine below also has a page about Manaiakalani (page 19):