Te Punanga O Te Reo Kuki Airani - 14/06/2013

1 Background


A Supplementary Review is undertaken at the discretion of a National Manager, Review Services in the Education Review Office (ERO).

A supplementary review evaluates the extent and effectiveness of actions a centre has taken towards addressing issues specified in a previous education review and/or any additional areas identified since that review.

Terms of Reference

This supplementary review is based on an evaluation of the performance of Te Punanga O Te Reo Kuki Airani governing body and management in relation to areas identified in the March 2012 ERO report or issues identified since that review. The terms of reference for this review are to investigate:

  • the resourcing of the learning environment
  • the assessment, planning and programme implementation, including the quality of interactions to support children’s learning
  • self review and management practices
  • any other issues relevant to the governance, management and operation of the centre.

2 Evaluation Findings


Te Punanga o te Reo Kuki Airani is a bilingual centre in Wellington that has a focus on promoting Cook Island language and culture. The centre is owned and governed by an incorporated society. The punanga has forged strong links with its local community and other early childhood centres.

ERO’s 2012 report commended on the warm, friendly and caring environment provided for children and their families. It also commented favourably on children’s confidence and strong sense of belonging in the punanga. The report suggested teaching, self review and management as areas for improvement. Managers and staff have made positive progress since the previous review.

The centre was recently relicensed under the 2008 Early Childhood Regulations.

Areas of progress

The centre has made good progress since the last ERO review. Teachers are increasingly focused on meeting children’s learning needs in a rich cultural environment that continues to be warm, friendly and inclusive.

Teachers are becoming more confident in developing children’s use of te reo Māori Kuki Airani. Children’s knowledge of Cook Island imene (song) is reinforced well. They should continue to use strategies to support children’s use of the Cook Island language as they interact with each other, and with other adults in the centre.

Children’s interests form the basis of the learning programme. They make independent choices from a wide range of learning resources, and enjoy developing dramatic and creative play. Teachers make growing use of open-ended questions to extend conversations and develop children’s language and thinking.

The centre has accessed worthwhile professional advice and support to improve teaching practices Teachers plan collaboratively and review programme effectiveness regularly. They are well supported to improve their professional learning and leadership. Managers have also established a developmental appraisal system to support teachers as they continue to improve their teaching.

Managers have developed good systems for documenting meetings, and monitoring and reporting on centre operations. Self-review processes are inclusive and effective in improving learning outcomes for children. The strategic direction for the centre is determined with parents’ input.

Health and safety issues identified in the 2010 ERO report have been successfully addressed.

Areas for further improvement

Teachers should continue:

  • using teaching strategies consistently to promote children’s oral language skills and learning
  • challenging and extending children’s thinking
  • clarifying expectations for assessment to focus on children’s significant learning
  • enhancing self review by incorporating indicators of good practice in the process.

Managers would improve centre operations by:

  • strengthening strategic planning by prioritising children’s learning and including key goals in property development
  • incorporating into the teacher appraisal process reflection about specific teaching strategies to progress children’s learning.

3 Future Action

ERO is confident that the service is being managed in the interest of the children. Therefore ERO will review the service again as part of the regular review cycle.

Dale Bailey

National Manager Review Services Northern Region

14 June 2013

Information about the Service


Newton, Wellington

Ministry of Education profile number


Licence type

All Day Education and Care Service

Licensed under

Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008

Number licensed for

28 children, including up to 12 aged under 2

Service roll


Gender composition

Boys 16

Girls 12

Ethnic composition

Cook Island Māori

NZ European/Pākehā









Percentage of qualified teachers


Review team on site

March 2013

Date of this report

14 June 2013

Most recent ERO report(s)

Supplementary Review

Supplementary Review

Supplementary Review

March 2012

August 2010

March 2009