E Tipu e Rea is a non-political, not-for-profit organisation established to provide independent support to existing Partnership Schools, aspiring Partnership School sponsors, and Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua that are in the process of preparing for opening.
A Unique Opportunity for Educational and Social Entrepreneurs
The Government’s Partnership School | Kura Hourua policy presents a unique opportunity for motivated investors, sponsors, and passionate and talented professionals to establish Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua that are focused on delivering improved educational outcomes for priority learners and STEM School students in New Zealand. They, alongside other types of school, provide an opportunity for community and private sector interests to contribute directly to the educational success of New Zealand’s young talent.
While Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua have the benefit of flexibility around learning design and delivery, the need to deliver on demanding contractual success measures related to the New Zealand Curriculum is central to a high level of corresponding contractual accountability.
Partnership Schools are about raising student achievement for priority learners and STEM School students. Partnership Schools are offered increased flexibility over regular state schools in return for achieving specified (contractual) educational standards. This means that they have the freedom to identify the educational approach that best meets the needs of a particular community.
Providing parents and caregivers of school aged students with the opportunity to choose a school that best suits their children is a key element of the Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua initiative.
E Tipu e Rea, in turn, has been contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide independent support to New Zealand’s Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua.
This contract requires that E Tipu e Rea:
- Develop the pipeline of sponsors: engage with interested parties to promote the model and develop a diverse pool of potential sponsors
- Support applicants: work with prospective sponsors to ensure that they put forward strong, realistic applications in any selection rounds
- Provide ongoing support: support sponsors in the setting up and ongoing operation of their school
- Broker support: act as a broker between potential and actual sponsors, and philanthropic or business organisations that might wish to support Partnership School
- Develop a pipeline of high-quality teachers and leaders to work in Partnership Schools. This might include providing professional development and matching suitable candidates with Partnership Schools
Graeme Osborne – Chief Executive
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Graeme Osborne joined E Tipu e Rea as Chief Executive in September 2016.
Graeme is an experienced business leader with a strong governance and leadership background in both the private and public sectors.
Past roles have involved: senior Secondary School and Tertiary Education Institute roles, leadership roles in iwi based businesses, new business start-up, business recovery, business (re)engineering, and dispute resolution.
A visitor sector background in leading some of New Zealand’s top visitor attractions, to include the development, commissioning and management of large capital projects such as large public aquariums (Beijing), the Penguin Encounter at Kelly Tarlton’s, and in leading cultural and eco-tourism visitor attractions. A LEADR accredited mediator with a background in resolving employment, commercial and leaky building disputes.
An educator with seventeen years of direct educational experience that has included; secondary teacher of mathematics and senior secondary school management, Board of Trustees Chair, and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology at Manukau Institute of Technology. A past involvement in supporting the development of alternative pathways for learners, to include vocational education and training has led naturally to a keen interest in Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua.
Graeme’s early education was in Ngaruawahia, proceeding to tertiary education at Massey University (Mathematics) and University of Auckland (Education).
Dame Tariana Turia (DNZM) – Kaumatua & Advisor to the Board
Dame Tariana was co-founder of the of the Māori Party and a Maori Party Member of Parliament (MP) . She is also a former Labour MP. Between 2008 and 2014 Tariana served as a minister with portfolios including Health, Whānau Ora, Disability Issues and the Community and Voluntary Sector.
Before entering politics Dame Tariana was Chief Executive of Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority and worked in Te Puni Kōkiri. She was also manager of the Whanganui Regional Development Board Trust.
Dame Tariana left parliament and was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014.
Dame Tariana serves as a Kaumatua & Advisor to the E Tipu e Rea Board.
For sponsors who are considering or going through the application process, we are available to provide information and guidance that will both assist in this process and build the capability necessary to develop a strong application which will in turn be the foundation of an outstanding school.
For sponsors who are setting up a school following a successful application, E Tipu e Rea will offer support to develop the high quality systems, structures and procedures necessary for them to operate as outstanding schools.
For schools that are already open and operating, E Tipu e Rea is available to support ongoing development and facilitate connectivity and networking within the Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua community of schools.
All of the services that E Tipu E Rea provides have the aim of helping Partnership Schools| Kura Hourua to deliver the best possible outcomes for the children they serve.
The Journey so Far
E Tipu e Rea has been established in response to a resolution passed by Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua sponsors at a meeting in December 2014. The schools saw the potential that such an organisation could have to help grow and develop the network of schools to be making a significant impact for young people in New Zealand.
E Tipu e Rea has been shaped with the input of these Partnership School | Kura Hourua sponsors working with an independent advisor. This has enabled us to tailor the support that the organisation will provide to meet the needs of these schools as well as those of future applicants.
Rob McLeod (Chair)
Rob McLeod, Ngāti Porou, is a leading commercial advisor with over 35 years’ commercial experience. Rob was Chairman of Ernst & Young New Zealand for calendar 2015 and was CEO of Ernst & Young Australasia from June 2010 to the end of calendar 2014.
Rob has extensive governance experience, including as a member of the Waitangi Fisheries Commission, a Director of Telecom, Sky City, ANZ National Bank, Sealord, Tainui Group Holdings, and Aotearoa Fisheries, and was the longest-standing Chair of the NZ Business Roundtable. He is currently a Director of Sanford Ltd and Quayside Holdings Ltd.
Rob has served on many Government task forces and advisory groups covering education, Māori economic development, defence, infrastructure and taxation. He was Chair of the McLeod Tax Review, the most recent official government comprehensive review of the NZ tax system, and served on a government review of the company tax rate in Australia. In 2006 Rob received Auckland University’s Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award. He was Lead Negotiator for Ngāti Porou in its treaty settlement with the Crown in 2009.
Rob chairs each of the E Tipu e Rea Board’s ‘Appointments’ and ‘Audit, Finance & Risk’ sub-committees.
Dame Jenny Gibbs DNZM
Dame Jenny has had a lifelong involvement with education ranging from President of Play centre to Junior Lecturer in history at Victoria University, to twenty-five years in various capacities on the governing body of the University of Auckland.
Dame Jenny was founder and chairwoman of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery and the Auckland Contemporary Arts Trust, founding trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, and foundation donor and board member of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She is a long-time member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Dame Jenny was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998, and a Dame of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009. She was awarded the Auckland City Distinguished Citizen Award in 2004, the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Award for Patronage in 2007, and an honorary doctorate by Auckland University in 2008.
Dame Jenny serves as a member of the E Tipu e Rea Board’s ‘Appointments’ sub-committee.
Sir La’auli Savae Michael Jones KNZM
Sir La’auli Michael Jones has worked extensively in education and Pacific economic development and is currently Director of Government and Community Relations at Matson South Pacific, a Pacific regional shipping company.
Sir Michael has established a number of youth and community programmes focused on Pasifika youth, including the Village Community services Trust, The Village Sports Academy and Pacific Advance Senior School, the latter a Partnership School that opened in 2015.
In 2003 Sir Michael was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame as recognition of his commitment and achievements in rugby as an All Black and as a coach and player for Samoa. In 1990 Sir Michael received a Queens Commemorative medal for services to the Pacific community, in 1997 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to his communities, and in 2017 he was awarded the honour of Knight of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Sir Michael represents the Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua sponsors on the Board, and serves as a member of the Board’s ‘Audit, Finance & Risk’ sub-committee.
Bruce Ritchie MNZM
Bruce is former principal of Massey High School in West Auckland , and has worked in a range of other schools in New Zealand. He led Massey High School from 1994 to 2014, during which time he grew the roll from 1,500 to 2,500 and the school was recognised by ERO as in the top 12% of New Zealand schools by performance. While leading Massey High School, Bruce engaged with a number of high impact programmes for raising the achievement of students, including Te Kohahitanga, Starpath, Pathways West and Vocational Academies.
Bruce is former chair of the Auckland Secondary Schools’ Principals’ Association and a past member of Auckland Secondary Schools’ Heads Association. In 2013 he was seconded to the Ministry of Education as a Senior Adviser to lead a strategy in Auckland and Northland raising Māori Achievement, and was a member of the University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor’s Community Consultative group for many years. He was awarded the Member of New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015 for services to education.
Bruce serves as a member of the E Tipu e Rea Board’s ‘Appointments’ sub-committee.
Ken was Principal of Mount Roskill Grammar School for 12 years from 1994 to 2006, in which time the school grew from 1500 to over 2300 pupils. Mount Roskill Grammar School was the Goodman Fielder School of the Year in 1998 and Secondary School of the Year in 2002.
Ken later served as Director of the Schools Partnership Office at The University of Auckland. He is currently a Trustee of the New Zealand Educational and Scholarship Trust (NZEST) and Chairman of the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp Trust.
Ken serves as a member of the E Tipu e Rea Board’s ‘Audit, Finance & Risk’ sub-committee.