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Today we conclude our concentrated series of hui around the country, finishing in Te Wai Pounamu where we started just a couple of weeks ago and having visited 16 locations in total, kindly hosted by Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs).

We’ve been humbled at the welcome and interest from so many parts of the sector and if you were able to attend one of these in your area – thank you again for your time.

A key part of our update has been to reassure people that on 1 April most of the changes will be invisible and there will be no immediate operational changes.

Tools and systems will be chosen over time to suit the business model – operationally nothing is going to change immediately. Going straight to systems solutions and centralisation of functions will simply be ineffective and costly if we aren’t first clear about what we’re trying to achieve.

Late last year our neighbours at TAFEs in Australia commended us to invest time understanding the learner journey and mapping the student experience before rushing to centralise tools and systems – a temptation that often comes with scale. We have begun this work with the help and support of expertise across the sector through one of our working groups(external link).

The objectives for this reform, along with other major reviews in the Government’s Education Work Programme, are:

  • Learners at the centre
  • Barrier free access
  • Quality teaching and leadership
  • Future learning and work
  • World-class inclusive public education

Our focus is on ensuring that across the system there are sufficient funds in the sector that can be used more efficiently to deliver quality, consistency, accessibility, and mobility for learners, staff, and employers.

I know many of you will be waiting for news of how to participate in the online consultation that opens today. As we are still meeting with communities in Māwhera/Greymouth and Whakatū/Nelson over the middle of the day, that information will come to you this afternoon.

Our commitment was always to start the conversation kanohi ki te kanohi/face to face before it continues with the wider public online.

We’re looking forward to receiving your feedback.

Ngā mihi mahana,

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