Kiwi provider to take over School Journal publication

A New-Zealand owned provider is set to take on the publication of the School Journal book series that is used as teaching aids in local primary schools.

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Learning Media, the company which previously made the journals, last month announced that it was "winding down" production following declining revenues and challenging market conditions.

However, Education Minister Hekia Parata has today confirmed that a new provider, Lift Education, will take over the work.

Ms Parata said that Lift Education will be supported by two other New Zealand-based companies, CORE Education and Chrometoaster.

"The Ministry has run a very robust process seeking quality, reliability, and the authentic Kiwi voice so essential to these publications," she said.

Lift Education also plans to mentor writers and illustrators, and encourage emerging New Zealand talent, Ms Parata said.

"They have made a commitment to continuing to develop world class resources using the best local authors and designers, providing an environment where our children can read and learn about things that are distinctly New Zealand," she added.

Ms Parata said a robust procurement process was followed to ensure all the things important to schools and children were included in the panel's evaluation and decision making.

Huia Publishers will take over the contract for Maori medium publications.

Ms Parata also said she is pleased to hear that the skills and expertise of many of the Learning Media staff are being retained within the sector, either through work with the new providers or with the Ministry of Education.