The Minister of Ethnic Communities and Associate Minister for Education, Jenny Salesa is hosting a series of education conversations in Auckland as a part of an initiative launched earlier by the Education Minister Chris Hipkins for shaping the future of education in New Zealand.

The first of the three conversations proposed in Auckland was held in Wesley Community Centre, Sandringham on Saturday, September 8, with the next two consultations scheduled in Flat Bush and North Shore in the month of September.

This is a chance for members of ethnic communities who wish their views to be heard in the shaping of NZ education.

A flyer from the office of Associate Minister for Education said, “Jenny Salesa invites you to participate in these national conversations about building not just a better education system, but the world’s best.”

“We invite you to contribute your ideas and opinions about how we can build a better education system in Aotearoa New Zealand.”

Earlier the first conversation was well received with an enthusiastic audience of more than eighty turned up on a pleasant Saturday evening to make their voices heard.

The session was divided into two parts with the first part dedicated to general speeches from Minister Jenny Salesa and officials from the Ministry of Education explaining the rationale behind such forums.

The second part was a more interactive session with members of public divided into different groups followed by brainstorming on the ideas for shaping the future of education in NZ.

The next two education conversations are scheduled as:

Friday, September 14, 2018

6.00pm – 8.00pm

Ormiston Junior College Auditorium

285 Ormiston Rd, Flat Bush

2. Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Time – 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Venue – To be confirmed

Members of the public are encouraged to RSVP (acceptances only) by 5 pm, Monday 10 September by email to

If an interpreter is required then please email prior to the event at