The Kāhui Ako has evolved from the Waitematā Network, a grouping of Western Bays schools who in 2015 decided to establish a “Network of Learning” to facilitate better liaison and improve student outcomes. Reciprocal visits highlighted similar challenges and aspirations. In July 2016, five other primary schools joined the Network and by October agreement was reached amongst the Principals of 11 schools to ask their BOTs to agree to formally explore the possibility of becoming a Kāhui Ako. December 2017, Te Kahui Ako o te Waitematā has the nod to go forward from all school’s BOT, and have also been fully endorsed by The Ministry of Education. Bring on 2018!