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New Relationship For National Education Portal

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March 22nd


The Ministry of Education’s online portal for schools, Te Kete Ipurangi - The Online Learning Centre, gained significant support today with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Library of New Zealand.

The Memorandum details the nature of the relationship and identifies particular areas of co-operation including the encouragement of student access to and interaction with the Library collections.

Te Kete Ipurangi is a bilingual portal+ web site which provides New Zealand school communities with easy access to useful and relevant information on the Internet. The site is located at

The Learning Centre Trust develops and manages Te Kete Ipurangi on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

Trust Chairman, Ron Perkinson, said today: “It is most appropriate that the first strategic partnership we enter into is with the National Library. We have a shared objective of encouraging schools’ use of online information and of ensuring the quality of that information.”

National Librarian Christopher Blake said, “One of the Library’s strategic objectives for its schools’ service is to develop electronic resources to complement our extensive book and video collections. Te Kete Ipurangi can help schools integrate these resources into their teaching and learning programmes.”

Mr Blake confirmed the National Library’s role in preparing New Zealanders for life in a knowledge society. “Today’s agreement reflects the National Library’s stated commitment to ensuring that New Zealanders can access a comprehensive range of resources through a national electronic system, and that all schools have tools to use and manage information effectively.”
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A particular shared goal is the adoption of an international metadata standard for education which will establish consistent indexing terms to aid information discovery on the web.

“Consistency in the description of online materials is crucial for Te Kete Ipurangi to reach its full potential,” said Mr Perkinson. “The portal is all about making it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for, and resource description is the key to that.”

Learning Centre Trust and National Library personnel have been in consultation over the application of metadata in recent months. They are jointly contributing to the international Dublin Core Metadata Initiative’s discussions on a metadata set for education.

Carol Moffatt of the Ministry of Education acknowledged the importance of the agreement: “It’s so important for us all to work together on this. It’s the only way we can be sure that Te Kete Ipurangi will truly meet the needs of all our schools.”


Note to Newsdesk:

You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/camera crew to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Te Kete Ipurangi and the National Library on Wednesday 22 March 2000, at 12.30 pm in the National Library, corner of Molesworth Street and Aitken Street, Wellington (please report to the reception desk in the front foyer).

As well as key representatives from the partner organisations, a group of children who regularly use the Internet to access information for their studies will be working on computers at the launch, to demonstrate the importance of on-line information in education. The children, their teacher and representatives from the partner organisations will be available for interview.

For more information:
The Learning Centre Trust
David Copeland, Communications Director, The Learning Centre Trust
Tel: (04) 382 6518
Fax: (04) 382-6509

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