WHANGANUI KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION & HE WHĀNAU MANAAKI O TARARUA FREE KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION
Tena koutou katoa
As you will be aware, the Whanganui Kindergarten Association (WKA) hosted a special general meeting on Wednesday 15 May to consider a proposal to amalgamate with another kindergarten association. I am pleased to advise members voted to amalgamate with He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Free Kindergarten Association (HWM), effective 1 July 2019.
The Whanganui association operates fifteen services in Whanganui, Maxwell, Ohakune, Taihape and Waiouru. While the operational and administrative structure supporting each kindergarten and teaching team will change, what happens each day at kindy for your child will continue.
We are really excited about the decision and look forward to the next steps. We are in for a busy period over the coming weeks as we work through a number of constitutional, legal, financial and employment requirements. We want to make sure the transfer happens smoothly.
Our board will be meeting to discuss how they will be working alongside the HWM governing board throughout the transition and who will take place on the board after we have transitioned over in July, and our staff will be formally welcomed to HWM as part of the powhiri at the staff conference in July. HWM will be holding the 2019 AGM here in Whanganui later in the year which will provide the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our history, and to pay tribute to all those who have been part of the association over its 70 years. You will be advised of the date of the AGM so that all everyone can participate in this celebration.
We will keep you up-to-date with developments via the website https://www.yourkindergarten.co.nz/about-us/amalgamation-process/ The site has a number of questions and answers which you may find helpful as well as a place to post a question. And you can always contact the association general manager directly - Trish firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a significant milestone. We can be proud of our history and look forward with confidence, to continuing the provision of high-quality early childhood education across our diverse communities in the future.
Nga mihi mahana
Board Chair – Whanganui Kindergarten Association
If you have any questions about the proposed amalgamation, please complete this form and Trish will be in touch with you soon.
Copy of email sent to staff 12/04/19:
We have put together a paper on the proposed amalgamation - Working together. The paper is attached for your information and reference. It brings together our thinking so far and sets out the aims, values and principles guiding our discussions. It talks about what amalgamation will mean for staff and for children and whānau and answers many of the questions we know you have about what happens around employment issues and the use of locally raised funds for example. It also sets out what happens next. While we haven’t got all the answers at this stage, we are trying to provide as much detail as possible.
This site will also set out dates for scheduled staff and community meetings, and timeframes to meet constitutional and legal requirements.
The working group developing the proposal has recommended to the association governance boards that Whanganui association amalgamate with He Whānau Manaaki. The boards are in the process of making a decision to recommend amalgamation to association members. We will come back to you once the decision has been made. If the decision is favourable, it will be the association members – that is the parents of children attending kindergarten, life members and board members - who will vote on the proposed amalgamation. A special general meeting will be called in May for that purpose.
The important thing to remember is that amalgamation is about joining together to support current services and to explore new ideas. We want to strengthen and to grow our services. We will support all staff to continue to do what you do best in your roles as teachers and support staff. We want you to be assured that people who are currently employed by both associations will continue in their roles.
There will be many opportunities for you to hear more about the amalgamation proposal, to ask questions and to give us your feedback and ideas. We will work with NZEI Te Riu Roa to make sure the amalgamation process is effective and that we attend to any issues you may be concerned about.
At the staff meeting next week, we will present our work to date. It will be a chance to hear from members of the working group and to be informed of progress and hear about next steps.
As we said previously, Whanganui and He Whānau Manaaki associations’ want a strong and enduring future for kindergarten across our regions. We want kindergarten to be well-supported in each community, with highly professional teaching teams and kindergarten staff offering fantastic experiences for every child. That is at the heart of what we do.
We will keep you posted, and in the meantime, if you have any questions, please get in touch with Trish in Whanganui or Jane at He Whānau Manaaki
Whanganui Kindergarten Association
Copy of email sent to staff 19/12/19:
Kia ora koutou
You’ll be aware earlier this year, the Whanganui kindergarten association approached He Whānau Manaaki about providing professional support for teaching and learning. We started working together in May. At the same time there was a wider conversation going on within NZ Kindergartens (NZK) about ‘one organisation’ for kindergarten replacing the 25 separate associations within the NZK network with one new entity. Whanganui and He Whānau Manaaki associations were keen to pursue this idea seeing it as a way for kindergarten to be more influential within the education sector, to provide more support for teaching and learning in each kindergarten in each community, and to make better use of resources. A vote was taken at the NZK conference in September and while 13 of the 25 NZK associations did not support the idea, those that did support it - including Whanganui and He Whānau Manaaki - decided to continue the discussion.
Within that context, the Whanganui association further proposed both associations explore the idea of Whanganui joining He Whānau Manaaki. This would be a step towards a new kindergarten organisation in the future. The associations’ boards recently agreed to explore the idea and will set up a working group in the new year. The group will explore the idea in detail, reporting back to the associations’ boards and keeping staff up-to-date with developments. They will establish a timeframe within which to complete the work and identify the processes to test out and feedback on ideas about how joining together could work.
Whanganui and He Whānau Manaaki associations’ want a strong and enduring future for kindergarten across our regions. We want kindergarten to be well-supported in each community, with highly professional teaching teams and kindergarten staff offering fantastic experiences for every child. That is at the heart of what we do.
We will keep you posted, and in the meantime if you have any questions please get in touch with Trish in Whanganui email@example.com or Jane at He Whānau Manaaki firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Braun, Deputy Chief Executive
Mobile: 027 528 8993
Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens
Unit F 15 John Seddon Drive, Elsdon, Porirua 5022
P.O. Box 50-743 Porirua 5240