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May/Nov 2011, May 2012: Cluster Programme Goal D

Outcome D: 

To build collaborative capacity in the stakeholding agencies to enable them to contribute powerfully to improved education outcomes in Tamaki

They will need to:
  • engage with the students as digital age learners 
  • ensure appropriate infrastructure and support is availabe to enable the project goals to be achieved 
  • record and synthesise interagency learning from the TTP Evaluation


Progress that has been made towards achieving your programme goals

This was sent out to stakeholders by the Manaiaklani Education Trust on May 13 2011:
  • all legal documentation has been secured and tested with schools and parents
  • all deposit money has been received
  • nearly all families eligible to sign up for net books have done so
  • we have had one payment pass so far with a 90% success/10% failure rate with a portion of that due to incorrect documents
  • next parent payment date is 15 May business day thereafter
  • we have netbooks operating in all 7 cluster schools
  • teacher support and feedback has been unanimously positive
  • parent feedback has been unanimously positive
  • wireless technology has proved up to the task so far
  • Auckland City is funding a trial of the wireless on their street lamps for our project
  • Kordia have started work on the business case due before 31 May to be in time for ASBCT application
  • Moi Becroft from ASBCT has worked with us to help frame an application for the Trust under their Maori and Pacific Island Education programme which involves multi-year funding
  • TPK have met with us and indicated they want an urgent application for multi-year support for parent engagement with Maori and Pacific whanau and families
  • multiple other corporates are offering support in kind
  • Throughout this period Jenny and Rachel and Anita Sarich from TTP have worked in close contact with the schools in a really positive way.
NB: context for this resource is provided in the reflective summary here....

*Update: November 2011*

This link to a .pdf presented to the Manaiakalani principals' group in November by the Trust gives a two page progress report...

  MET report to Principals Nov 2011

Supporting evidence for this

The Manaiakalani Education Trust was legally constituted in January 2011 and exists to resource and support the Manaiakalani Project.

Trust document is shared at this link.


*Update: November 2011*

Manaiakalani Education Trust meets twice a term formally and most of the members volunteer up to a day a week to furthering the goals of the cluster schools.

On the last day of Term 3 the MET chair formally signed a contract with Te Puni Kokiri to partner with Manaiakalani in the areas of whanau engagement and developing student voice.

Trust members are working with the ASB Trust and the Telecom Foundation to explore partnership and funding opportunities.

The volunteer Hackers group continues to meet fortnightly to develop and analyse solutions for the student device and its implementation.

Supporters and stakeholders were highly supportive of the Film Festival and attended the Evening Showcase in significant numbers and engaged with the students and their whanau.

We received emails like this:

"We were so impressed with the entertainment. What those children achieved was amazing.As for technique, it just blew my mind.  Most impressive. It was a privilege to be there..."

and this

Thanks for a fabulous evening. The three ASB guys, who were involved in putting together the laptop debit system, came along and thoroughly enjoyed being entertained by the kids, as did Heather, our director.  The highlight for me is always the kids themselves. I’m so impressed by the way they address their audience so confidently and professionally. It’s just delightful to watch. And like everyone I guess I can’t help but have my favourites – and the Year 7 & 8 art presentation was hugely impressive .

And we continue to record our progress on our cluster website.

Key lessons for the cluster

Our 1:1 rollout has had some amazing people and organisations donate time and passion - and most importantly a sense of belief that this is actually possible!

An "audacious project" like  Manaiakalani is not possible without a large team of stakeholders who have bought into the project far beyond its commercial potentaial.

In a March update to the Minister of Education, Russell Burt (project Director) attempted to list those who have been involved so far:

  • It has been invaluable working in partnership with a government initiative in our community (The Tamaki Transformation Programme)
  • Working with MOE to problem solve and receive advice has been absolutely crucial and the support of professional development and research essential.
  • WINZ have been of great assistance treating the Netbook bond payment as a stationery item 
  • Housing NZ has helped with access to the roofs of houses and with finance for the 1st phase of the wireless build 
  • Equico under Paul Beattie underwrote the cost and the liability of our 1st 450 netbooks for parents to lease, to the value of $xxx
  • Fusion Networks under Andrew Gurr, have donated development & design time to the wireless build 
  • Hapara Ltd under Jan Zawadzki, have donated countless hours of design & build time to our cloud solution the 'Teacher Dashboard' 
  • Simpson Grierson donated the time to develop and establish Manaiakalani Education Trust which is now the holder and distributor of these joint resources. 
  • Cranleigh Merchant Bank donated the time to help us improve our business case and
  • A Volunteer Developer Group (the Manaiakalani Hackers) built our netbook operating system free of charge ( a contribution of 100's of hours) 
  • Norrcom, under Paul Norris and Edtech, under Peter Nelson helped us acquire and roll out the devices at an affordable price. 

Manaiakalani Education Trust with its establishment trustees, Pat Snedden (chair), Brett O'Reilly (ICT NZ) Robert Carter (Devanti) Anthony Samuels (community) Greg Va'afusuaga (community) Mele Latu (community) have accepted the liability and responsibility for resource and support.

*Update: November 2011*

Our cluster had the opportunity at ULearn 11 to present a spotlight session where 11 of our stakeholders each had 5 mins to explain Key Lessons from their contribution to the project.

Russell Burt, the principal of Pt England School, chaired this panel presentation. The panelists represented each major development strand that contributes to this project. These are:

Pedagogy: Dorothy Burt, Manaiakalani Facilitator

Research: Colleen Gleeson, Manaiakalani Researcher

In-School & Community Wireless Mesh:  Andrew Gurr, Fusion Networks

Cloud Solution; Teacher Dashboard: Jan Zawadzki, Hapara Ltd.

Ubuntu Hacker/OS Developer: Nevyn Hira

Netbook Provisioning: John Dunbar, Edtech Ltd.

Finance: Paul Beattie, Equico

Classroom Teacher: Juanita Garden, Year 6

Student User Experience: Manaiakalani Students via video

 This .pdf of the keynote presentation can be downloaded - minus all the embedded movies.


U learn11 Spotlight Presentation

View more presentations from manaiakalani.

Next steps towards achieving the cluster goal/s

One of the immediate steps is insuring our policies and processes are being recorded and published and keeping pace with our activity.

Our wireless network is 25% complete and the next stage now needs to be funded and built.

Our cluster wide firewall solution needs to be developed - at the moment each school is operating independently. 

The Manaiakalani Education Trust has been established and begun working on behalf of the project.  One of their immediate goals is to acquire equity to anchor the netbook leases.

Insurance policies and claims processes have yet to be finalised - this is on the agenda at the moment.

Research is underway again for 2011, but in collaboration with Auckland Uniservices needs to be expanded for 2012.

Planning for the 2012 netbook rollout is underway, particularly in the largest school, Tamaki College, who will go from 100 netbook students in 2011 to 750 in 2012.

Work has begun on achieving the education and employment pathway goal for our cluster.  We have begun employing local Tertiary students to work as teacher aides with Manaiakalani projects. This is giving us a more highly qualified teacher aides than is often seen in Decile 1 schools; is providing part time employment and skill training to local tertiary students; is providing role models to our children of locals who have gone on to tertiary training.  We anticipate that we will soon have support from Te Puni Kokiri to significantly expand this.

*Update: November 2011*

Our cluster goal of having all students from Year 5-13 in our cluster schools using 1:1 devices in 2012 is on the way to being realised.  The order has been placed for the netbooks to be delivered in January, the operating system updates are being finalised, wireless audits have been carried out in schools to ensure they are all ready to move beyond the pilot classes, an understanding of how the cloud solution will expand (as well as rolling over the existing students) has been developed and a full time employee who will be responsible for liasing with parents in regards to payments and finacial literacy has been employed.

Two schools (possibly more) who opted not to be in the cluster in 2008 have begun attending principals' meetings and will send representatives to lead teachers meetings in 2012 with a view to joining in 2013.  This was something specifically requested by Anne Tolley when she met with us in 2010.


Emerging issues, risks, or opportunities particularly in relation to service delivery and reporting requirements

Our largest risk is the issue of back haul into our community.

We need to get a minimum of 100MB into 3 of our schools, though we would prefer all of our schools to have this.  We are waiting announcements in the next couple of months about which schools in Auckland have been selected by Telecom, but are also working with our existing partners and stakeholders to explore other solutions should we be relegated to th bottom of the queue.

In this project there is synergy between a number of the stakeholders and interest groups. This video was made in Term One 2011 by students from the Computer Clubhouse in Otara (whose work has informed some of the decision making by Manaiakalani). It is one of a series of case studies commisioned by Crown Fiber Holdings to demonstrate how Ultra Fast Broadband could potentially impact our schools.



Further comment is available on the VLN here

*Update: November 2011*

An extensive summary of loose ends, emerging risks etc has been collated and is available here.

Contributions have been collated from teachers, principals, hackers and providers.

In Term 3 this report was filed by TV One about the report of the NZ Institute and it explores the potential impact of UFB to our schools:




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