Ahumahi - Industrious Ko mahi, ko kai; Ko noho, ko iri Industry is food; idleness is hunger
E te whānau, ngā tumuaki o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou katoa
We often talk about consultation and what that means. Sometimes we are critical of educational officials who ask us to provide feedback on some initiative but give us a very brief time frame to do it. It makes us feel like our feedback is not valued. Sometimes when we are participating in official meetings we feel as if all the communication is one way, like an information session rather than an engaging debate. We are also aware that even if we do make contributions or challenge the dominant view in an official meeting, our views may not be recorded in the meeting minutes. This again makes us feel that our contribution is not worthwhile.
When engaging with our own people, we have to do better. That is one reason that NZPF holds an annual Moot. Over one hundred regional presidents will tomorrow be giving us their feedback on both their professional and political views and we will be listening. Our election year manifesto has been prepared and will be finalised after the Moot feedback is incorporated. The final version will be emailed to you through this publication, hopefully next week. We encourage you to share the manifesto with your staff and colleagues and discuss it in your staff meetings.
The Moot topic this year is about 'change' and 'navigating change which is challenging for us all. How best to support one another through change is one of the topics regional principals will be debating. We expect that strategies for dealing with persistent change will emerge from the Moot and these will also be shared with you through this publication.
I welcome your feedback too and thank all of you who have emailed me this year in response to issues raised in this newsletter. I promise to always respond to your comments and questions.
Our collective views are our strength and create a direction for us that gives us confidence in our work on your behalf.