“HE KAIKÖTUITUI – NETWORKER Kotahi te köhao o te ngira e kuhuna ai te miro mä, te miro pango, te miro whero

networking, brokering and facilitating relationships that contribute towards achieving kura goals

The kaikötuitui leadership role is about collaborating with key stakeholders, and being able to broker relationships and weave people together to achieve consensus and enlist support for kaupapa of the kura. It involves advocating for the goals of the kura and bringing experience and expertise together to help achieve those goals. Central to kaikötuitui leadership is the ability to nurture diversity and celebrate the uniqueness that this brings to the kura. In addition, the kaikötuitui role has a responsibility to foster and support sound relationships focused on learners’ development and success.”

My husband does not appreciate why I am on Twitter, he has this mainstream perception that it is for following celebrities.  I explain to him that I use Twitter for professional purposes only and that I am networking – he still thinks this is a statement for a Tui billboard.

This week on Twitter I have ‘followed’ two people who have never met each other in real life collaborate in preparation for a presentation at #educamppalmy – powerful networking tool indeed.

This year I have connected with #WellyEd and its many amazing educators, and presented at my first #EduIgnite, again, all because of connections on Twitter.

Educators who may only have networked with those geographically close to them, now have access to colleagues, collaboration and professional learning throughout NZ and around the world, through Twitter.

Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) provides fantastic opportunities for networking through its membership, workshops, and conferences.  PENZ has taken a step further in recent years and recognised the importance of weaving people together, as the annual National Conference is now the power of three – PENZ, NZHEA (New Zealand Health Educators Association) and EONZ (Education Outdoors New Zealand).

Ashley Clark acknowledged in her blog earlier in the week the whanaungatanga demonstrated within HPE departments and the wider HPE community.  “We are generous with our resources, we allow others to express themselves, we listen, we inspire, we awhi and we share.”  I could not agree more!

Another opportunity I have had to network over the past three years has been thanks to Sport NZ and the funding of the Sport in Education project.  I have had access to inspiring professional learning, and the privilege of working with some amazing people from around the country.  Through the project I have also built and strengthened our local network with our contributing primary schools.

All of this networking has allowed me to strengthen my own teaching and leadership practices in order to better improve outcomes for my kura and my learners.


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