Date: 23 July 2020
Annual General Meeting - 5th September
The AGM of NZSTA to be held Saturday 05 September 2020 via “Zoom” 10.00am
If your board is a member of NZSTA (i.e. has paid your membership fee as at 31 March 2020) then the constitution entitles your board to appoint ONE person (your voting delegate) to speak and vote on behalf of your board at the Annual General Meeting.
Your Board or Principal will need to complete the 2020 Appointment of Delegate form and return it to us completed by Friday 28 August 2020.
You will find more information about registering your delegate on the Annual General Meeting page in the Membership section of our website (you will have to log in to access this page) or you can download both documents from the links in this newsletter.
If you have difficulty with any aspect of this process please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 04-471-6419
Why you should attend AGM
The NZSTA Annual General Meeting (AGM) is your board's best opportunity to discuss important issues directly with the NZSTA President and Board and other NZSTA member boards.
It also provides the opportunity for your board to hold NZSTA officeholders to account for the running of the Association during the previous twelve months, by the way of the NZSTA Annual Report which is presented at the AGM each year.
Your delegate MUST attend the Zoom NZSTA AGM for your vote to count. If no-one from your board is able to attend AGM you can request that your NZSTA Regional Executive Chair acts as your delegate and exercises a proxy vote on your behalf. More information about this process is available in your AGM delegate pack.
Education and Training Bill
The Education and Training Bill (which will replace the Education Act 1989) has been through the Select Committee process and has been reported back to Parliament with amendments. It had its final debate (known as the Committee of the whole house) yesterday, where MPs made the final decision on which amendments are included in the final version.
Following that debate, the Bill was read for a third time and will now be sent to the Governor General for the Royal Assent to pass it into law as the Education and Training Act 2019. Most of the Act comes into effect the day after the Royal Assent, which is expected very soon.
Some provisions will not come into effect immediately. The first of these is Section 122(1)(d) (giving effect to the Treaty of Waitangi) which takes effect as from 1 January 2021. Other provisions will come into force in 2022 and 2023. We’ll provide more information about the various changes and what they mean for boards of trustees.
You can find more about the final stages of the parliamentary process by following these links:
- Committee of the whole house – Hansard transcript
- Third reading Minister’s speech – Hansard Transcript
- Third reading – video coverage
Making the change
Work is continuing at the Ministry of Education on 20 key areas of work. NZSTA is maintaining a watching brief on this work and we will provide more information as it becomes available.
You can find the Ministry’s advice to Select Committee on these issues, which includes:
- Giving Better Effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
- Code of Conduct for School Boards of Trustees
- Board role in enrolment schemes
- Refocusing the role of school boards of trustees
- Establishing dispute resolution panels,
- Improving the workability of the physical restraint legislative framework
- Principal Appointment Eligibility Criteria
- Strengthening the right to education by confirming the right to attendance
The Privacy Bill received its Royal Assent on 30 June 2020 and is now the Privacy Act 2020. It comes into effect on 1 December 2020. Many things like the 12 information principles stay mostly the same, but there are some important changes. NZSTA is preparing further guidance for boards of trustees, which will be available by the time the Bill comes into effect. In the mean time, for more information you can also view the free elearning modules on the Privacy Commissioner’s website.
Thanks for your feedback
Thank you to all of you who have responded to our COVID-19 survey (now closed) and our post-lockdown attendance survey (still open). We appreciate that this all adds even more to your workloads, and we are genuinely appreciative of your support. A summary of the responses to the COVID-19 lockdown survey will be published in the next issue of STAnews.
Key information for boards of trustees and principals
Read the latest Pitopito Korero updates for boards and principals from Secretary for Education Iona Holsted.
Noho ora mai
Lorraine Kerr MNZM