Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


$220,000 Wairarapa schools project WELCom

Hon Trevor Mallard
Minister of Education

16 August 2005 Media Statement

$220,000 Wairarapa schools project WELCom

Five Wairarapa and Tararua schools will receive extra funding for an information and communication technologies project designed to overcome distance barriers.

“The Wairarapa E-Learning Community (WELCom) project will receive $222,000 over the next five years to establish video conferencing facilities, develop video conferencing teaching skills, and enhance community partnerships,” Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today while announcing the project at Kuranui College.

The schools involved in the Wairarapa E-Learning Community are Kuranui College, Dannevirke High School, Makoura College, Tararua College and Chanel College.

“The WELCom project is an opportunity to strengthen the learning opportunities for students in the five schools,” said Trevor Mallard.

The project aims to establish a ‘virtual’ secondary school community for the Tararua and Wairarapa region using broadband and video-conferencing technologies.

“These new technologies break down the traditional barriers semi-rural schools face,” said Trevor Mallard.

“They will allow the schools to broaden their range of subjects, teachers can use them for professional development and mentoring, and principals and boards of trustees to access resources and share information,” he said.

The project will receive the money from the Ministry of Education’s Collaborative Innovations Fund. Each year this fund provides one million dollars to encourage educational projects between schools that enhance student learning.

“The support of the Collaborative Innovations Fund to projects such as WELCom helps schools to build an education system that equips New Zealanders with 21st Century skills and lessens the impact of isolation on students and staff,” Trevor Mallard said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election