Grow Waitaha - Christchurch transformation



As a result of a significant school rebuild project in Christchurch, the Ministry has contracted four organisations to work as part of an alliance to support schools to make the most of the affordances of flexible, collaborative teaching and learning spaces. Evaluation Associates is one of the four organisations; the others are Leadership Lab, Massey University and CORE Education. Other partners in the alliance are Ngai Tahu, the Ministry of Education and the various principal networks across Christchurch. The project started in June 2015.


Evaluation Associates is involved in all aspects of this project in collaboration with the partners. There is a real desire for effective collaboration in this project, so that schools benefit from the strengths of everyone involved.

We support schools to prepare their Education Brief from which architects and engineers prepare their design of new school buildings. We also provide professional learning and development, working alongside schools as they reconceptualise their vision, values and beliefs, their curriculum, their curriculum delivery and their collaborative approach to flexible teaching and learning.

The pace of change in the greater Christchurch area is fast and positive. It's a privilege to work at the leading edge of this innovative programme with schools, Ngai Tahu, the other providers and the Ministry of Education. To find out more about this project, contact Steve Edwards or call our Christchurch office on 03 359 3488.


This project is in its early stages. We are involved in developing an evaluative framework for this work that will help us identify and track progress.

Want to find out more?

Link here for information about Grow Waitaha and the forums held in 2015.

You can contact Mel Stopford from our Christchurch office (03 359 3488) for information about future forums.

Contact Simon Blatchford from Ministry of Education (03 378 7543) for general information on Grow Waitaha..