With a General Election looming, the new presidents of NZEI Te Rui Roa and the New Zealand Principals' Federation (NZPF) are gearing up for a busy year ahead.
Lynda Stuart is the new president of NZEI Te Riu Roa, taking the reins from Louise Green. She will be released from her position as principal of May Road School in Mt Roskill for a two-year term to fill the NZEI role.
Stuart says the NZEI’s focus in the upcoming election will be on making quality public education a funding priority.
“One of the things that really concerns me is that our education system relies on the political whim or ideology of our politicians and there is the potential for us to swing in different directions with every change of government,” she says. “In this country, we’re small enough to have a conversation around what we want our education system to look like.”
The NZPF’s new president for 2017, Whetu Cormick also hopes to engage with the various political parties to express the NZPF’s membership’s views on what constitutes good quality education.
Cormick replaces Iain Taylor, NZPF’s 2016 president. He is principal of Bathgate Park School in Dunedin, and will be released for a year to take on the NZPF role.
“I’m keen to build on the good work that’s gone on before me, and also to listen to our members and their views,” he says.
Coming from a bi-cultural family, with a Māori mother and Pākehā father, Cormick sees himself as well-placed to progress discussions with the Ministry about how to further advance learning opportunities for Māori and Pasifika learners.