Copy of email sent to staff 12/04/19:
In March, you received an update on the amalgamation discussions underway with He Whānau Manaaki (HWM) and we met with staff to have an opportunity to come together, hear information about the what and why of a possible amalgamation and an opportunity to ask questions or clarify concerns that you may have had. We advised the date we’re looking at for the amalgamation to take effect is July 2019, and that the next step in the process was to work through how the amalgamation would happen. We have been working on that over the past few weeks looking at the staffing, property, financial and legal aspects of coming together as well as the constitutional requirements we need to meet.
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.
We have set up a special webpage https://www.yourkindergarten.co.nz/about-us/f-a-qs-re-amalgamation-process/ so you can keep up-to-date with progress. The background paper, emails to staff and frequently asked questions will be there for you to access. The 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
or visit the webpage
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