The Rotorua Education Conference

Tēnā anō ki a koe,


Our mission is to make Rotorua a great place to learn. Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru would like to announce our inaugural Education Conference - Rotorua a Great Place to Learn.


We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate our Rotorua Education community, community/business stakeholders and iwi, as we embarked on our 2016 journey.


Our guest speakers covered topics regarding: 

Iwi Involvement in Education led by Dr Mason Durie (Presentation)
Panelists: Dr Angus Macfarlane, Arohia Durie and Mere Berryman

Leadership & a Futures Focus led by Dr Vikram Murthy

Covey’s 7 Habits led by Mr Michael Millward & Kerryanne Knox (Presentation)

Future Focused Learning led by Mr Brett O’Riley (Presentation)
Panelists: Frances Valintine (The Mind Lab video), Laurence Zwimpfer and Dr Niki Davis


Noho ora mai, nā 
Leith Comer.

NPeW Conference



Opening Formalities

Mason Durie


Iwi Involvement in Education


Vikram Murthy

Leadership & A Futures Mindset

Kerryanne Knox & Brett O'Reily

Covey's 7 Habits


Closing Formalities

Pre-Conference Dinner


Conference Feedback

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Linda Woon, Principal - Otonga Road School, Rotorua

April 3, 2016

Just wanted to congratulate you and your team on a very successful conference.

It had an excellent organisation, a quality range of speakers and the pace was excellent. 

Well done! truly worthwhile! My team leaders really did appreciate it.

Please convey our appreciation to your team.

Diana T. Palfrey - Noel Lemming Open Learning Specialist

April 5, 2016

Firstly, please pass my heartfelt congratulations to all members involved in setting up, planning and organising the conference yesterday.  Thanks again for the dinner Wednesday night, it was a pleasure mixing with such fine company.

What a huge success!

I felt honoured to be part of the day listening to amazing speakers, discussions and singers 🤗

The biggest and clearest message for me was about building relationships community wide.

Another thing that was extremely obvious was the level of utmost respect from those whom presented and spoke to the delegates.  Nga Pumanawa have done an excellent job of making sure they 'do' what they say they will 'do'.

Please pass on to all that the day was exceptional.

Shirley Treadway - ECC, Tokoroa

April 3, 2016

How lovely to see you yesterday Mercia and congratulations on a fabulous Conference.

Tane Bennett, DP - Te Akau ki Papamoa School, Papamoa

April 3, 2016

Kia ora

First of all, thank you for hosting and organising a great conference. I would particularly like to commend the organising committee for the panel discussion which involved four of our top Maori educational leaders of the country. I have been to a number of conferences but have never had a chance to hear four wise, knowledgeable leaders at the same time with Maori education at heart.

Unfortunately I had to leave after lunch and wasn't able to hear the other speakers.

Anne Hynds – UoA , Auckland. 

April 7, 2016

It was a great conference and thanks for all your manaakitanga.

Daryn Bean - Pou Whakahaere Tuarua Māori NZQA

April 5, 2016

An excellent conference yesterday Leith, congratulations to you and your team.

I've mentioned to our CE Karen Poutasi we should do a NZQA client function/ luncheon for the Rotorua education sector later this year to profile work on digital transformation / assessment and work to encourage more Māori students into STEM and 21st century skills. Part of building broader and deeper relationships. I'll keep in touch on that one.

Great day, lovely waiata, ngā mihi.

Erana Hond-Flavell, Rotorua

April 7, 2016

Tēnā anō koe Mercia, koutou ko ōu hoa i roto i Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru.


He mihi noa atu ki a koutou i te pai o te kaitahi inapō me te huihuinga tāngata i te rangi nei. He rawe te wairua o te hui, he ātaahua te kaupapa, he whaitake ngā kōrero i puta.  Kia ora ra!


Tēnā hoki ra i tā koutou pōwhiri mai ki a au, otira ki a māua ko tōku hoa. Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou, kia tairangatia ā koutou mahi ā ngā ra kei mua hei painga mo te hapori katoa.

Mary Pipe – EA – FranklinCovey, Australia

April 7, 2016

Michael and Kerryanne have praised the success of the Conference and feel totally humbled to be a part of the culture environment and richness collaboration and insights.  Congratulations to you and your team.

Nicky Brell, Principal – Malfroy School, Rotorua

April 8, 2016

Well done to everyone who organised the conference. Staff feedback highlighted the variety of topics, the calibre of the speakers, the depth of information and the challenge for the future. Affirmative of what we are doing well and thought-provoking of what we need to do better in our schools communities. To finish off with the NPeW waiata was special! Thank you! Nga mihi Malfroy School Staff

Frances Teinakore-Curtis, TIC Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Rotorua

NPeW Conference today in Rotorua!

I'd just like to send a HUGE MIHI out to Nga Pumanawa e Waru (Leith Comer, Mercia-Dawn Yates, Russell Harrison, Rodger Cunningham and co.) for the coordination of today's 'Rotorua A Great Place to Learn' conference! Brilliant speakers led by:

Sir Mason Durie, Angus Mcfarlane, Mere Berryman and Lady Arohia Durie who presented Iwi Involvement in Education;

Dr Vikram Murthy on Leadership and a Futures Mindset (with Hinei Taute-Collier on the discussion panel - you were brilliant our mate!!)

Covey's 7 Habits presented by Brent Griffiths (Western Heights Primary Principal) and Kerryanne Knox;

Future Focused Learning (e-learning, Mind Lab) presented by Lorraine Taylor (Lynmore Primary School Principal) with Brett O'Riley and co.

We were so fortunate to be treated to a buffet of amazingly talented, highly intelligent speakers with a huge breadth of knowledge and wisdom in Education, on our own back doorstep!! Let this be the beginning of something great for our Iwi and rangatahi!

Can't wait for our new 'Rotorua A Great Place to Learn' CD to come out to our learning institutes Mercia-Dawn Yates! Not sure if we'd be able to sing this waiata like you and Russell though.

Te Arawa - we are in good hands!!

April 10, 2016

Michael Millward, FranklinCovey, Australia

April 10, 2016

Hello Mercia, thank you for your email and kind words. I know I can speak for Kerry in saying that the opportunity to spend time within your Rotorua community was very enriching for us personally and professionally.  We walked away having learnt so much and have been inspired by the direct communication to us and hearing of the positive feedback you have provided.


Over the years, experience has taught us that after our presentations, educators often want to learn more and understand how our content and processes may work within their schools and communities.  If I may, can I suggest the following:


  • Feel free to send this feedback sheet attached to all the educators who attended, and ask if they would like to fill in, scan and return directly to me.

  • Once I receive back, depending on their thoughts, I can arrange individual phone meetings to explore or if there is enough interest, Kerry and I can conduct an online webinar to share further information.


We have a feeling that FranklinCovey’s content, whether ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people’ or the whole school process ‘The Leader in Me’ could have a place in the Rotorua – great place to learn vision and thank you for any further support in allowing the community conversation to be continued.


We thank you again for inviting us to your beautiful, productive and inspiring conference.

Best Wishes

Sherie Collins, Principal – Kea St Specialist School, Rotorua

April 8, 2016

Just a big congratulations on the inaugural NPeW’s conference yesterday. Well done!

Roana Bennett, GM Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake, Rotorua

April 9, 2016

I have heard how successful the conference was! Congratulations!

Kelvin Tapuke, Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake, Rotorua

April 10, 2016

Thank you for allowing me to attend the inaugural Nga Pu Manawa e Waru conference yesterday. Particularly listening to the key note speaker Sir Mason Durie and the first panel of Professors who provided scenarios, commentaries that will challenge the current status quo education system in Rotorua.


The other three sessions provided an insight into “The Mind Lab”, “7 Habits of the Mind” and “IT.” Each provided a forum to share what the schools and providers saw as best practice. I question the sustainability of each professional practice for an individual  student’s education pathway. As the transition to another school requires learning a new set of learning and behavioural paradigms. There needs to be a consistent, similar pathway. It would be advantageous if Ngati Whakaue could direct this so that students get the same delivery across the Te Arawa region.


Thank you again. I really appreciated the opportunity to attend the conference.

Delwyn Bowen, Selwyn Primary School, Rotorua

April 10, 2016

Well done for today Mercia, what a great day today. Beautiful finish with your song.

Pat Snedden, Manaiakalani, Auckland.

April 12, 2016

Leith, That was a terrific experience last week and I was delighted to be there with Jenny and Brett. You are building a formidable alliance and it was impressive to see the iwi support for the kaupapa. This is challenging for us in a good way. We have gone down the parent route through the schools but with less visibility with Ngati Paoa, Ngati Whatua and Waikato although we have Rangimarie Hunia (Ngati Whatua o Orakei)  and Anthony Samuels (Waikato/Tainui) on our Board. This is more in the nature of individual and parent representation.


I like the very systematic way that you are using Frances Valintine and Mindlab as the rapid exposure methodology to get the teachers acculturated to the techniques of digital pedagogy. Because you have a range of deciles and multiple Communities of Learning there will be challenges no doubt but I think you will have the coherence to pull it off. It was a very good showcase of the approach you are taking and it was very impressive. You have set the bar high.


Great to work with you again e hoa.


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