About the Manaiakalani Innovative Teacher programme


The Manaiakalani Programme has gained national and international credibility as an innovative approach to ensuring the foundation requirements of schooling are being met whilst offering students the opportunity to learn in an environment which recognises the special character of our students as digital citizens whose world is very different from their teachers at the same age.

The foundation requirements for our learners in our community of the wider Tamaki area are 
  • to become literate and numerate and reach the National Standards in their primary school years 
  • to attain at least Level 2 NCEA in their secondary school years.

The environment in which all young people live in this decade is one in which they accept as their right the ability to collaborate, communicate and connect at any time and in any place, often via digital tools. Their hours of learning are no longer restricted to the opening hours of school (9-3) and are no longer restricted to waiting for the teacher to deliver knowledge to them.

Most of the funding directed explicitly at teaching and learning for the Manaiakalani Programme is being offered at the entry level; to new schools and new staff entering the programme and to teachers who need additional support to upskill and become proficient in teaching our students in this new way.

We are now blessed with a group of teachers who are early adopters, who are offering their students ever enriching experiences and are ‘pushing the envelope’ in terms of the teaching and learning experiences in their classrooms or schools. These educators are light houses of innovation to their colleagues- when their work is recognised and shared.  They are often the kind of person who will work on their innovations over and beyond required tasks and expect little in return.  


To provide an opportunity for innovative teachers to form a network for support and mentoring as they continue to explore ways to enrich the lives and learning of the students they work with.


Manaiakalani Education Trust offers up to 10 innovative teachers from this cluster the opportunity to
  • design an innovative tool to enhance their inquiry into one of the Manaiakalani achievement challenges in 2018 
  • design and implement this tool within their inquiry (two days per term release)
  • receive ongoing mentoring
  • form a collegial network  (one day per term release)
MIT teachers will
  • use the “Learn Create Share” model in their own journey of innovation
  • present to their Manaiakalani colleagues at the annual Wānanga in October
  • present to the wider education community at a conference in the October School holidays 2018
  • use a public blog for ongoing sharing and reflection

Submission process:

Closes: Tuesday, October 24th,  2017 5 pm 
Interviews to be conducted mid-November (date pending).

This application form includes requests for:
  • a brief outline of the proposed area of innovation to be explored in 2018 
  • links to examples of teaching practice in 2017 (NB: these must be publicly shared)
  • links to evidence of teaching as inquiry in 2017 
There will be a formal interview process for short-listed applicants with the panel including: Dorothy Burt, Jenny Oxley (MET), Anne Sinclair (MET) , 2 principals.
Date of interviews: Mid November date TBA.

If possible the MIT18 cohort will include a range of educators/ innovative projects to represent educators from each sector in our cluster 
ie Years 1-3, Years 4-6, Years 7-8, Years 9-10, Years 11-13
MIT18 opportunity will again be offered to teachers in the five original Manaiakalani Outreach Clusters.

Conditions of Participation

  • Agree to model "Learn Create Share" both in work with learners and throughout the MIT18 year
  • Outcomes to be publicly available online
  • Reflections to be available to Manaiakalani Google+ community, PLD team, MET, Principals and research team
  • Targets to be set and met each term in negotiation with MIT18  lead learner
  • Availability to attend and share at agreed hui and conferences - these may include overnight, and one may require a current passport!
  • Release time each term to attend MIT18  network sessions 1 x day each term
  • Release from class to focus on project 2 x days each term

Other opportunities

Could include from this list
  • Attendance at a Google Summit 
  • Presenting at Manaiakalani and Manaiakalani Outreach events
  • Working with schools outside the cluster for the Manaiakalani Outreach
  • Overnight retreat at a venue outside of Auckland in Term 1
NB: None of these opportunities can be guaranteed nor will they be offered equitably as they are funded by external providers who have their own selection criteria and processes. However, we will supply the list of MIT teachers with links to their work online to these providers

Dates for 2018

Network Meeting Days    Feb 19th, May 21st, August 20th, November 26th  (all Mondays)
Wānanga   October 26th (TBC)
Conference    October Holidays
Release days    organise yourself

Frequently Asked Questions

As questions are asked by individuals we will publish the responses here

1. What does MIT18 offer me as a teacher?

  • One day a term a professional learning group with the MIT18  teachers - classroom release paid

  • Two days each term reliever paid for to enable you to implement your inquiry with your learners individually or in groups

  • The MET will be funding 12 days for each teacher to enable this

  • MET is also funding a conference opportunity for each teacher (specific details pending)

2. Can I apply for other Manaiakalani Opportunities in 2018?

Definitely.  Provided the teaching as inquiry focus dovetails (ie the same achievement challenge) applications will be welcome.

3. Can part-time and casual teachers or long term relievers apply?

No, this is for permanent teaching staff

4. Can I have this two years in a row?

This is possible if your application is robust.

5. Can PRT's apply?

This is for teachers in their 3rd+ year of teaching.  So it is not for BT's, but someone currently in their second year of teaching can apply for their third year.

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