The experts charged with undertaking the biggest review of the way our schools are governed, managed and administered in 30 years have been appointed.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has today announced the members of the Tomorrow’s Schools Review independent taskforce. They are:

  • Bali Haque, Chair
  • Barbara Ala’alatoa
  • Mere Berryman
  • John O’Neill
  • Cathy Wylie

The Taskforce will also be supported and informed by a designated cross-sector advisory panel of about 30 members that will include representatives of teachers, principals, boards of trustees, the LGBTQIA+ community, parents of children with additional learning needs, employers and young people.

Hipkins says the taskforce will focus on the changes needed to make to governance, management and administration in education “to ensure the fitness of the school system to meet the challenges we face”.

The terms of reference for the review were announced in March. There will be a focus on supporting equity and inclusion for all children throughout their schooling, what changes are needed to support their educational success, and equip them for the modern world.

“This is a significant review that could have implications for a wide range of New Zealand families. That is why genuine and meaningful consultation is paramount,” says Hipkins.

“It is one of the earliest chances for all New Zealanders to give their thoughts and experiences of the schooling system, and their advice on any improvements and changes.”

The Taskforce is due to report back to the Minister in November 2018. Its recommendations will form the basis for further public consultation in 2019.

The review of Tomorrow’s Schools is part of the Government’s education work programme, announced in February.

More information on the review, including the Cabinet paper is available at

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