President's Dinner


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Dinner and dessert will be served throughout the evening.

Scholarship Awards

Each year, NZEI Te Riu Roa offers a number of scholarships to early childhood and support staff members. In 2019, there are 10 scholarships of $6000 - four for early childhood members and six for support staff members.

The scholarships are set up to enhance the recipient's skills and knowledge within their workplace and in education generally, as well as to advance NZEI's campaigns through the support staff and early childhood professional and industrial strategies.


Early Childhood Education Scholarships are awarded to:

Jared Lambert, Berhampore Kindergarten: Certificate in Arts (Psychology).

Nelly Kendall-Carpenter, Carterton Kindergarten: An investigation into how waste materials can be resources for ECE centres.

Robyn Mockett, Paparangi Kindergarten: How can UNESCO's Education Sustainability development goals be interpreted in an Early Childhood Education setting to support child development of social and emotional competency through curricula development.

Hui Zhou, Merrilands Kindergarten: How do early childhood teachers perceive their role in building emotion regulation skills in young children and what strategies do they use?

Support Staff Scholarships are awarded to:

Fiona Sorensen, Fitzroy Primary School: Te Kete Aronui (Aspire, Inquire, Inspire).

Erica Lasham, Waimauku School: Improving and providing better learning outcomes for the Blind/Visually impaired and other Learners with related special needs.

Cheryl Baldwin, Tauranga Intermediate School: Supporting Neurodiverse Literacy Learners.

Donna Le Marquand, Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School: Supporting Priority Learners in a Library Environment.

Anne Stephenson, Hutt Valley High School: PhD in Education (3rd year): Information Literacy in compulsory education in New Zealand: data collection and analysis.

Lucy Charlesworth, Nelson College for Girls: Using additive bilingual practices to support emergent bilinguals in secondary education.

David Stewart Memorial Scholarship Award

The David Stewart Memoral Scholarship is a joint initiative of the NZ Principals Federation and NZEI Te Riu Roa and is run in conjuction with the Ariki Trust.

The purpose of the Scholarship is to honour and continue the work of David Stewart by providing educational leaders with the opportunity for research study.

Awarded to:

Kelly Turner

Resource Teacher; Learning and Behaviour, Practice leader in RTLB Cluster 25.

Kelly's application clearly demonstrated her knowledge and understanding of David Stewart's work and the professional values of the Ariki project.

The communities of practice that exist in formal and informal contexts within her RTLB cluster, and across other clusters, will provide the same opportunities to reflect, to communicate and to challenge the status quo as did the quality circles of learning undertaken by principal groups in David's Ariki Project.

The selection panel was impressed with the way her research focus linked with the Ariki research, and in particular, how David's legacy would be furthered by its introduction into the Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour with its emphasis on collaboration, trust and community.

Her inquiry question is " How can the Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour home-school partnership outcome be determined and quantified, in a more valid and equitable way?"


Honours are awarded to members who have conducted themselves in ways that promote and maintain the dignity and welfare of the Institute and advanced the cause of education, reflecting their responsibility to learners and the community.

Nominations for these awards are considered by the Honours Committee and are made on behalf of the Union by National Executive. The Honours recipients are announced during the President's Dinner at Annual Conference.

This year we honour 2 members with the award of Associate. The Institute awards the honour of Associate Union Activism to acknowledge the work of individuals at a regional and national level.

This year the award Associate Union Activism is conferred upon:

Robyn Tobeck, Ellesmere

Krystyna Wishnowsky, Heretaunga


This year we also honour 4 members with the award of Fellow.

The Institute awards the honour of Fellow to acknowledge the work of individuals at a regional and national level. There are two categories for the award: professional expertise and contribution, and union activism.

This year the award of Fellow - Union Activism is conferred upon:

Te Aroha Hiko

Te Aroha Hiko attended Hamilton Teachers College in 1972 and joined NZEI Te Riu Roa as a student member the same year and she has been an educator and a union activist ever since.

She has held positions at Branch, Area Council and National Executive level and is currently a Te Reo Areare representative for Miro Maori. She has led four delegations at international conventions, represented NZEI Te Riu Roa at the CTU Women's Conference and at the Diversity and Inclusion Working Party. She has also represented Miro Māori at the Special Education National Reference Group.

In 1997 she was one of a group of Māori teachers who were instrumental in the forming of Aronui Tōmua Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa. And this year she was part of the organising committee for the Te Kāhui Whetū Hui, hosted by Aronui Tōmua Kahungunu.

Her focus has encompassed all aspects of member representation, but she has been particularly passionate and active in giving support to the voices of women and in representing the voice of Māori. Her reach is vast, from the Ruataniwha Marae where she was a trustee, the Taihoa Māori Women's Welfare League, supporting workers during the lockout of the Wairoa AFCO Meat Workers to Mātauranga a Rōpu representing educational leaders in her region. Te Aroha is generous with her time and equally generous with her professional support.

Her depth of knowledge, understanding and skills have enabled her to engage with members from all sectors. She has been active in mentoring, supporting and guiding.  The exceptional levels of service and commitment to Education, the interests of Māori, to women and to Special Education can be seen to have spanned Te Aroha's career as Teacher, Specialist Education Adviser, Traumatic Response Team Leader and NZEI Te Riu Roa Advocate.

Janice Shramka

Education stalwart Janice Shramka has been a leading light on the Wellington Education scene for over 40 years. She is a tireless advocate for quality education and Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the embedded principles of partnership, protection and participation. She has a strong pedagogical background which was recognised when she won a Woolf Fisher Fellowship acknowledging her educational excellence in teaching.

A Principal since 1990, Janice has been at Karori West Normal School for 19 years.

Janice supports and upholds members collective and employment interests. She encourages union membership, speaking with genuine conviction about the collective strength of belonging to NZEI Te Riu Roa. She has an extensive history of dedicated and outstanding service. For many years she was the Wellington Area Councils representative on the Principals Council and is currently the chairperson of the Wellington Area Council.

Janice is a fearless, forthright and committed activist, who leads from the front. She spoke out against the introduction of National Standards amongst her Principal peers even when it was clear few agreed with her. At the 2019 Victoria University Teacher Excellence Awards she took the opportunity to speak about the challenges facing the teaching profession and to specifically refer to the critical role of NZEI Te Riu Roa in upholding the vision of quality education and in demanding fair renumeration and working conditions.

She has been an active leader in the Kua Tae Te Wā campaign, a key speaker at rallies, actively supports the Mana Taurite Pay Equity campaign, is a vocal advocate for the rights of all support staff. She has a long history of campaigning right back to street marches for pay equity in the 90s.

As an NZEI Counsellor for 20 years she also knows the importance of listening.

Janice Shramka is a first-class educator, a committed unionist and a passionate advocate for children.

Ian Leckie

Ian Leckie has been an active member of NZEI for over 30 years. He returned from retirement to relieve as Principal at Hautapu School and was soon back campaigning supporting the Kua Tae Te Wā campaign with his extensive knowledge of the sector. He has held many positions within the Institute, including National President. He has worked at all levels of the Institute, from local to national level.

Ian has been a Principal since 1981 and has had a long process of personal and professional development. In 1989 he joined the University of Waikato School Management Development Advisory Team assembled to implement the "Tomorrows Schools" management changeover. He designed a national teachers' residential course for the Teacher Refresher Course Committee which was a resounding success. In 1996 he was a member of a delivery team assisting principals in their approach to curriculum change. Then he was engaged by the Ministry to be part of the Performance Management System team assisting 23 schools in his region meet their requirements for 1997 and beyond. From there he worked with Boards of Trustees for 2 years to develop and implement the requirements of the National Education Guidelines. He has been involved in the delivery of aspects of the Multiserve-Educational Leadership Module, "Developing appointment systems and process" and "Building a multi-cultural school".

In 1995 Ian was a member for a Hamilton City Council taskforce to consider future developments of Hamilton City spanning the next 20 years. His involvement enabled educational provision to be planned alongside community development.

Ian has shown outstanding leadership and has promoted active excellence in education as a Principal throughout the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

Pat Newman - Honorary Fellow

An educator for 45 years, a Principal for over three decades, Pat Newman loves the profession and believes it a vocation worth fighting for.

Pat has had roles at branch, district council and national leadership levels which have spanned 4 decades. He has been a branch secretary, annual conference delegate, Principal Council representative and a negotiator for the Primary Principals. He joined NZEI Te Riu Roa as a student in 1973 and has been active ever since. He is outspoken, passionate and innovative.

He has always been committed to kaupapa Māori and has been a Te Akatea Māori Principals Association member since 1996. He has also been involved in MAC - Māori Achievement Collaborative since its inception by two of his Principal colleagues in 2014.

As a Principal he has been a member for the Massey University NZ Principal and Leadership Council, the Auckland University Team Solutions Advisory Board and has been a National Executive member of the NZ Principals Federation for 12 years, 2 of those years he served as National President.

His work over a period of years on the Teachers Council and on their Complaints Assessment Committee have demonstrated his endeavours to work tirelessly for a teaching profession we could all be proud of.  His recent re-election to the NZ Teachers Council shows how much he is respected within education circles.

Pat has never shied away from challenging conversations, be it Boards of Trustees or his colleagues. It is the kaupapa of right and wrong and the wellbeing of the profession, tamariki, their whānau and their communities that is at the heart of what Pat stands for. His concern for what was happening in education led Pat to stand as the Labour candidate for Whangarei in the 2011 elections.

Pat sits within a small group of Principals we could confidently state are Political Educational Activists.



Kelly Makiha is a local musician.