Grow Waitaha makes a range of free events available to the community, including workshops, forums and communities of practice.

Grow Waitaha events

Grow Waitaha events are designed to invite wider connection across Canterbury with opportunities for schools communities to talk to one another, sharing stories and experiences that have and haven’t worked and visit sites.

We hope that by talking with students and teachers and seeing practice in action we can foster cross sector dialogue and mana enhancing relationships.

Information about upcoming Grow Waitaha events and initiatives in 2019 »

Find information about workshops for educational institutions within the takiwā of Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga to be held at Tuahiwi marae here »

Find information about workshops for educational institutions within the takiwā of Te Taumutu Rūnanga to be held at Ngāti Moki marae here »

See all past events »

Please note: Due to the tragic events of Friday 15th March, a decision was taken, in consultation with participants, to postpone the Eduhui that was to be held on March 16 and cancel the first Secondary Digital Technologies hui on 20th March. Our thoughts go out to teachers, students and whānau at this difficult time.

Get involved

Depending on who you are we have a selection of different ways you can participate.


Schools and teachers can access Grow Waitaha in several ways. Events and development opportunities will be available for all schools in Canterbury. To see what is planned and register for these events look at our events section. These events are a great opportunity to talk and learn from and with other educators who are making changes in their schools and learning environments.

Schools entering the Build programme will be assigned a Navigator who will work with you to discuss and document the school’s vision for the future of education. This will enable the Ministry's property team to design a property solution that supports your vision. The Navigator support begins 12 months before the start of the property process.

Parents and Communities

Grow Waitaha empowers schools to engage, inform and consult with parents, whānau and community around the design of education for your context — an innovative approach to school planning and development. The model of education and local curriculum delivered in your school will be developed to meet the aspirations that the community has for its tamariki. Your school will be planning how they consult with you and partner with you on the journey. For more information on how this looks in your school contact your Board of Trustees or Principal.


If learners are at the centre of change then they must be involved in the process. Over time, expect more resources to help you play a role in the future vision of your school. 

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