Pursuant to section 122 of the Education and Training Act 2020 (“Act”), I hereby give the following notice.
1. The Ko Taku Reo – Deaf Education New Zealand (903) Board shall be made up of the following members:
- six representatives elected by a roll comprising:
- parents of students as defined in clause 1(2) of Schedule 22 to the Act; and
- parents or caregivers of current students who receive direct or indirect services from Ko Taku Reo – Deaf Education New Zealand; and
- parents of students who are still in compulsory education and have received direct or indirect services from Ko Taku Reo – Deaf Education New Zealand in the previous three years;
- the Executive Principal;
- one staff representative;
- two student representatives elected by a roll comprising:
- students as defined in clause 2(2) of Schedule 22 to the Act; and
- current students who receive direct or indirect services from Ko Taku Reo – Deaf Education New Zealand; and
- students who are still in compulsory education and have received direct or indirect services from Ko Taku Reo – Deaf Education New Zealand in the past 12 months; and
- up to four members, co-opted on the basis of particular experience, expertise, skill and/or leadership that in the opinion of the board will assist the board in advancing the students of Ko Taku Reo – Deaf Education New Zealand, being mindful of the communities represented at Ko Taku Reo – Deaf Education New Zealand.
2. This notice replaces the notices published in the New Zealand Gazette, 7 February 2013, Issue No. 13, Notice No. 2013-go590, and New Zealand Gazette, 24 August 2021, Notice No. 2021-go3619.
3. In accordance with section 122(3) of the Education and Training Act 2020, the current board members will leave office at the end of the day before the date on which the new members take office, following the election set during the 2022 triennial election period. The first staff and parent representative members elected, appointed, or co-opted under this constitution will take office on this date.
4. The next election for student representatives for the board will take place in September 2022 in line with the current election regulations, and annually thereafter.
This notice takes effect on the date of publication.
Dated at Wellington this 8th day of December 2021.
Hon CHRIS HIPKINS, Minister of Education.
Note: A New Zealand Sign Language version is available at https://vimeo.com/613044224.
This explanatory note is not part of the notice, but it is intended to indicate its general effect.
The ability of the board to co-opt will be used to ensure that the views of the Deaf community and of Māori are represented on the board. The Deaf community is recognised and respected as a valued partner in the education of deaf children and young people. Deaf people are recognised as a natural community of interest and a cultural resource in relation to deaf students. The status of Māori as tangata whenua is set out in te Tiriti o Waitangi. The education of ngā tamariki turi is based on a partnership between the children, their families, the wider whānau and those responsible for provision of services. Co-options will also take into account any other imbalance of perspective, skill and/or experience that may occur in board membership from time to time.