Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand (REANZ) is a charitable trust that has been in existence since June 2009. There are eleven trustees of REANZ each of whom bring a considerable breadth of expertise and experience from a variety of early childhood – from teacher education sites, practioners working in both the early childhood and primary sector, and those in other roles related to ECE. REANZ is committed to providing opportunities for teachers to critically engage with the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia within the cultural content of Aotearoa. One of the main aims of REANZ is that the knots and complexities that can emerge from these encounters with Reggio pedagogy and practice will cause educators to look more closely at their own ideas about education.
Since REANZ was established we have delivered many seminars that have covered topics of; Embracing Educational Change, The Power of pedagogy and teaching the early years, Aotearoa New Zealand and Reggio Emilia- the space between, Pedagogy of Listening and the Power of the Environment and the Outdoors to name a few. We have travelled to Hamilton, Wellington and Dunedin and we will go wherever a group of teachers would like us to travel. We have run series of conversation evenings and arranged centre visits to several inspiring centres.
Study Tours to Melbourne are arranged two or three times a year to visit Reggio Inspired schools and early childhood centres for groups of 30 teachers. These are really inspirational to all participants. There have been annual Reggio Emilia study tours to the city of Reggio Emilia in Italy for groups of teachers who come back understanding that the place, the city and the people are the heart of the inspiration and pedagogy.
Trustees have attended the International Meetings of Reggio Children in Singapore and Reggio Emilia, Italy. REANZ is an affiliated member of the International Organisation of Reggio Emilia.
REANZ has strong values in our work with adults. Values we believe are paramount in the footsteps we take on our journey with children.
This whakatauki embraces our links with the koru frond.
Tau ana ko te noho tahitanga
O nga whanau, o nga tuakana
Me nga teina I roto I te whariki ngahere
Ara, ka puawai nga tamariki a Matariki
Mahia nga mahi o nga tamariki
Hei apopo ka tu
Peaceful earthy colours from the forest weave a mat
For the koru frond to rest upon,
smaller koreu are securely nestled.
From this embrace stars burst forth to realize their potential.
Fulfill the needs of our children and tomorrow
they stand strong.
(International Children’s Day)