E Tipu e Rea is a not-for-profit charitable entity registered with the Charities Commission (CC53225).
E Tipu e Rea was established to provide independent support to Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua, aspiring Partnership School | Kura Hourua 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’. The Ministry of Education defines ‘priority learners’ as Maori, Pasifika, Decile 1-3 and Special Needs students. This group of students has historically and inter-generationally under-achieved educationally compared to New Zealand Pakeha students.
Kura Hourua are privately owned schools that are fully funded by the Government. They provide a unique opportunity for community and private sector interests to contribute directly to the educational success of New Zealand’s young talent.
Kura Hourua receive funding that is equivalent to that of comparable state schools. Key differences between State Schools and Kura Hourua include:
- By being privately owned they are ‘self-determining’ (which includes the ability to appoint fit-for-purpose’ governance)
- Being bulk funded. Kura Hourua receive their property, operational and staffing grants as a cashed up bulk grant that is paid quarterly in advance. This provides Kura Hourua with the ability to allocate resources to priority areas
- They all teach the New Zealand Curriculum but have flexibility around learning design and delivery
- The flexibility to employ staff outside the ‘teachers’ collectives agreements’
- They are able to employ an agreed percentage of teachers who may not be registered
They are subject to greater levels of accountability than state schools due to the contract they enter into with the Crown. This contract , 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 focused on raising student achievement for New Zealand’s most at-risk students.
Providing parents and caregivers of school-aged students with an affordable choice of school that best suits their children is a key element of the Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua initiative.
E Tipu e Rea Limited is a Charitable Trust registered with the Charities Commission (CC53225) that has been established to provide independent support to New Zealand’s Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua.
E Tipu e Rea’s Trust Deed objects are:
- fostering and supporting the establishment of high quality, high performing Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua by encouraging high quality applicants;
- providing existing Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua with support, resources and services to ensure their quality and accountability for performance, challenging and addressing under performance when necessary;
- publicising and promoting Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua to build a supportive and well informed public; and
- advancing any other purposes that are related to the purposes described in paragraphs (a)-(c) above and which are charitable under the laws of New Zealand.
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 progressing 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.