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for Primary and Secondary (Yr 0-13) schools throughout Aotearoa New Zealand

Josh - Makuri School

Student Voice

“This opportunity has been amazing, I’ve really enjoyed being able to have more control in my learning but have good support. My teacher is awesome and I love his style and how interested he is in what we have to say and who we are”

Secondary student

I have really loved having the chance to take a subject my school doesn’t offer.

Learning online was not a barrier for me. I developed some important skills in managing myself to meet deadlines. I am proud that I passed all my assessments and exams in my online subject

The feedback from my student in the programme has been really positive. She enjoys the challenge and a chance to do more outside of what she would normally do in class.

Class teacher Primary

Having the opportunity to learn about Spanish when you don’t have a teacher in your own school

Learner from Ngamatapouri School

I just like it, it feels comfortable for me like I’m in my own skin and normal and learning my own culture

Te Reo Māori Primary learner



  • Kōtui Ako | Virtual Learning Network Aotearoa Pānui March 2024

    Nau mai, haere mai ki te Kōtui Ako | Virtual Learning Network Aotearoa

    Kia ora koutou katoa, Kia orāna, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Nĭ hăo 你好, Annyoung haseyo 안녕하세요, Namaste, Assalām alaikum, Hola, Bonjour, Hallo!

    It’s great to see our students’ learning come to life as it did for Valerie from South Westland Area School. Her artistic talents were recognised in postage stamps that she (and we) received earlier this year. Too good to use, they will be framed for our wall of fame!

    We are promoting several learning opportunities this month (suitable for both Primary and Secondary learners):

    We have spaces available in our Gifted programmes due to start next term. These are suitable for learners up to Year 10. 

    Our partnership with the Korean Education Centre enables us to bring you Korean classes at no cost. This is a great opportunity to get involved in online learning at your school AND learn about the popular Korean language and culture.

    We have a great NZSL resource in our talented eTeacher Janine. We would like to hear from you about how Janine can work with you across our schools network with NZSL language support and support for learners. Find out more about NZSL opportunities and give us your feedback.

    Canadian researcher Dr Michael Barbour begins his study tour in Aotearoa. Michael has a long relationship with educational practitioners and research experience with virtual and distance learning in New Zealand and internationally. Kōtui Ako VLN has  operated for nearly 30 years in a policy and resourcing vacuum. Michael’s work will be important to inform the sector and advocate for sustainable support for online learning opportunities.

    I was privileged to join Taranaki Kāhui Ako PLD day recently. If you would like us to share the Kōtui Ako VLN kaupapa with your Kāhui Ako, LSC / RTLB, school or principals’ network, please invite us to participate in your upcoming hui.

    Finally we share the first notice of our upcoming AGM. We expect all member schools to attend, so please Save the Date!

    Its been a busy term in schools as it has for us here too. I know you are all looking forward to a well deserved break over Easter. 

    Ngā mihinui o te Aranga

    Rachel, Amanda and the Kōtui Ako VLN team

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    Kōtui Ako | Virtual Learning Network Aotearoa Pānui March 2024