Mana Education Centre last week hosted 200 teachers, mostly from this region but a number from Hawke’s Bay, Palmerston North and Auckland, for a two-day conference entitled Cutting Edge Classrooms.
A number of internationallyrespected literary experts from around the country were welcomed to Porirua and wellknown children’s author and illustrator Gavin Bishop was the keynote speaker.
‘‘It’s really exciting to have these people come to our city, it’s by far the biggest conference we’ve [Mana Education Centre] hosted,’’ said the centre’s director Angela Ryan.
She said they were not intending to go into event management but after successfully hosting a number of principals’ conferences, the education centre recognised it had the ability to open up another income stream.
‘‘We still struggle, and rely on Mana Community Grants for funding help but this is another way for us to keep going.
‘‘We had to downsize substantially to be in our new premises [under the canopies in the CBD] but we’re more accessible and easier to find now.’’
Ms Ryan says they hope to hold a leadership course later this year.
They would like to make the two-day literacy conference an annual event.