Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Partnering with the Super City

It was a special day for Manaiakalani when the Mayor of Auckland City, Len Brown, signed a memorandum of understanding between the Manaiakalani Education Trust and the Super City of Auckland, NZ.
Thanks to Auckland City we are able to carry out our dream of providing free internet to our children in our homes and mount the access points on power poles in our streets.  We appreciate the way our mayor has cut through red tape and barriers to help the Tamaki Learning Network to become a reality.

According to Len Brown,
“I am excited by the opportunity for Auckland Council to pool resources and share information with the trust to support digital learning for children and young people.”.

Read more about this here

The Mayor of Auckland City signed a 'Memorandum of Understanding' between Auckland City and the Manaiakalani Education Trust. This movie shows you this hui which includes people of our community, our Kapahaka group and whanau.


  1. My name is Claire Williams. I am currently in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I am majoring in Elementary Education. Each week we get assigned a new teacher, and we must comment to their blog twice. I am glad that I was signed to you.

    The video that you posted on the Manaiakalani was very touching. I think that this was great and very good for the childrens homes. These children need internet, so that they can become knowledgable about technology, and what all it has to offer. I absolutely loved this video and what the Mayor of Auckland City did for the community
    Great Post!!

    I have a blog that you should check out, as well as a class blog.

    Claire Williams

  2. My name is Lindsay Stewart, and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL, USA. I enjoyed this post and video. It is so vital for our children to have the appropriate tools to succeed in our ever changing world. The agreement that was made seems so promising to me; it helps me to know that there are people and organizations all around the world that truly want to make it a better place. Thank you for sharing this story.

  3. Hi! My name is Luana Madden, and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, U.S. I am currently majoring in elementary education. This semester I am in an educational media course where we learn how to incorporate technology into the classroom. In this particular class each student is assigned to comment on an educator's blog. I will be summarizing two of your blogs in a post on my blog at, www.maddenluanaedm310@blogspot.com, on February 9, 2014.

    Wow! The agreement made between Aukland City and Manaiakalani is so exciting. There would be a revolutionary increase in the number of educated people if cities in the U.S. were to provide free internet service for citizens. This story has shown where the priorities of Aukland, NZ are in the minds of it's leaders. I am very impressed with the sense of community I feel just from watching the Mayor speak in the video in this post. The U.S. could learn a thing or two from your community about what is truly important.

  4. I introduced myself in my response to your film festival post. I am a degreed Secondary Mathematics Educator currently working in the private sector with hopes of one day returning to the classroom. This video about the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, symbolizing the partnership with your education community and the City of Auckland is an inspiration to those of us seeking to bring technology into the classroom to produce more knowledgeable students. This is a testament to the leadership in both communities to truly put the interests of the children first. By putting their interests first and producing a better educated youth, it will be mutually beneficial to both communities.

    My EDM510 blog:
    Our class blog: