To provide an opportunity for innovative teachers to form a network for support and mentoring as they continue to explore ways to enrich the lives and learning of the young people they work with, their whānau and the wider community.

The application form is here

The Manaiakalani Programme has gained national and international credibility as an innovative approach to ensuring the foundation requirements of schooling are being met whilst offering young people the opportunity to learn in an environment which recognises the special character of our children as digital citizens whose world is very different from their teachers at the same age.

Over the eleven years of the Manaiakalani Innovative Teacher programme we have had teachers who have taken this opportunity to investigate ways to accelerate learning outcomes for our young people via the Manaiakalani pedagogy and kaupapa. The most successful MIT projects have subsequently become the foundation of classroom implementation for colleagues within the Manaiakalani Network and around New Zealand.  The Manaiakalani Education Trust is keen to support teachers who are challenging their own teaching practice through inquiring into innovative ways to meet our cluster goals and provide inspiration to their colleagues. To quote Michael Fullan 2/11/16, we are looking for "purposeful, focused and disciplined innovation".

Submission process:

Closes Friday November 10th 2023 5pm

There will be a formal interview process for short-listed applicants with the panel including Matt Goodwin (MIT-24 Lead),  Jenny Oxley (Manaiakalani Education Trust), Dorothy Burt (Manaiakalani Programme), Justine Todd (KPMG partner)

The appointment process will include the panel contacting your principal to verify that you are an effective teacher within your school.

Date of interviews: Thursday November 16th - all short listed applicants will be interviewed via Google Meet

Conditions of Participation


NB: We are open to projects which build on previously successful inquiries and extend or enrich the innovation. 

Dates for 2024 

Online Connect Wed 21st Feb after school

Kickstart 3 day Hui: Hui 3 days Thu 7th Mar - Sat 9th Mar  Travel after school Thurs 7th, all day Friday 8th , end lunch Saturday 9th March, travel home at leisure.

Network Meeting Days: 22 March, 27 May, 2 September, 25 November   (all Mondays)

Principals' Wānanga   Thursday October 31st - Friday November 1st 2024

Conference    School Holidays, 3 days TBA, July or October

Release days    organise yourself