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Partnership Helps Rotorua School Leverage Apple Devices

Bridging the gap of learning equality​


Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hurungaterangi School initially had low student achievement levels and a disengaged community. Change was needed to help re- engage students, teachers and whanau around the value and opportunities associated with digital technologies.


The school worked with Nga Pumanawa e Waru (NPeW) and Noel Leeming Commercial (NLC) to re-connect with the broader community, local businesses and organisations to help support the school in their vision of greater engagement through e-learning.


Right from the beginning Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hurungaterangi had a strong vision to bring e-learning to all students. This not only had a positive impact on the students, but also brought about change for their teachers, parents and whanau. The community is now more connected and engaged with their children’s learning.

“Not only are the children benefiting through their learning, but families too. The technology means children are more inspired in their learning and parents and whanau are more engaged with their children’s education.”

– Oriana Lemon, Principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hurungaterangi

Bridging the gap of learning equality

Like many schools in the Rotorua region, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hurungaterangi School was faced with low achievement levels from students and a disengaged community; with parents and whanau showing very little to no interest in their children’s education. Gaps in learning were evident across the school and change to help bring equality in learning was needed.

In October 2018, Nga Pumanawa e Waru and Noel Leeming, collaborated with Apple and developed a simple but cost effective solution – Device as a Service (DaaS) to provide the funding necessary. While DaaS had been around for some time, the team refined the offering with the school’s ‘need’ in mind, to deliver real value.

Through the DaaS offer, the school can now provide each student with a laptop with the right software, and teachers are trained through the Apple certified development programme.

Thanks to Noel Leeming’s Whiteglove service, which is part of the DaaS solution, all devices are delivered to the school ‘unboxed’ and ready to use in the classroom, fully configured to the school’s requirements and connected to their Wi-Fi. This saves the school time and the resources required to set up each device.

About Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hurungaterangi School

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hurungaterangi School is a Maori immersion school with a
strong focus on Te Aho Matua – a curriculum for Maori values and beliefs. It’s a Decile 1 school located in Fordlands, Rotorua with a roll of 75 students from Year 1-8.

About Device as a Service (DaaS)

  • A simple solution to spread the cost as a low weekly amount
  • Exclusive pricing through the Apple and Noel Leeming partnership
  • An all in one bundle offer where the school receives:
     – Apple devices
     – Carry case
    – Funded PLD by an Apple certified trainer
    – Whiteglove Service – each device is set up so it’s ready to use when it arrives. Teachers have greater control of all devices through a Mobile Device Management (MDM) console with full training provided

A total solution for Hurungaterangi

Collaborating for success

By drawing on the strengths and specialised skills of the partners involved Hurungaterangi School has created an e-learning environment that bridges the digital divide.

Nga Pumanawa e Waru (NPeW) Education Trust​

NPeW’s expertise, connections & leadership has assisted in the engagement, collaboration and delivery of information, such as the sourcing of teacher survey data, the formulation of Digital Citizenship programmes as well as advising and consulting on best practice throughout the school’s journey to become 1:1.

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