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Rotorua Teacher Honoured

Rotorua Teacher Honoured

Rotorua kohanga reo teacher, Angela Ham, has today been honoured for her contribution to education.

She was made an Associate of the country’s largest education union, NZEI Te Riu Roa at awards ceremony in Wellington.

NZEI Te Riu Roa has 42,000 members and represents teachers and principals in primary schools, teachers in early childhood education centres, support staff in primary and secondary schools, special education staff in primary and secondary schools and advisers in the tertiary sector.

The awards were presented by Bruce Adin, NZEI Te Riu Roa National President, at the opening of the union’s 120th Annual Meeting in Wellington. They are given in recognition of the members contribution to education and the union.

“This award acknowledges a commitment to excellence in education,” says Bruce Adin.

“It is given in recognition for the hard work the member done to support their colleagues and to help the students they work with.”

Angela Ham is a teacher at Te Kohanga Reo o Rotokawa in Rotorua. She has been involved in education for 45 years. She began her career at Motatau School in Kawakawa in 1957. A year later she moved to Rotokawa School where she taught for 32 years. She moved to Te Kohanga Reo o Rotokawa in 1994 where she continues to teach.

Angela has been a champion of Mâori education and Te Reo Mâori. She began the First bilingual class at Rotokawa School and in 1962 helped launch the first Maori Cultural Primary School Festival in Rotorua which remains a popular annual event.

Angela has been an active member of NZEI Te Riu Roa throughout he career.

NOTE: The awards ceremony is at 1pm Sunday September 21.

It is at the Duxton Hotel, Wellington, in The Ballroom on the 6th floor.

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