“We are inspirational storytellers bringing hope and aroha to our tamariki in Aotearoa.”

Geoff Burton, Launchpad CEO

What is Christian Values Education?

Our history in New Zealand

In 1897 Reverend James Mackenzie of Nelson gained permission from his local school committee to present a non-denominational Bible programme before the official start of the school day. That became a highly successful alternative where it was permitted by regional education boards and followed a curriculum organised by the New Zealand Council for Christian Education. It was authorised by the Education Amendment Act 1964 and continued under the Education Act 1989, subject to the permission of school trustees. Parents could withdraw their children from any religious instruction.

Throughout the decades we have been referred by several names, the most common of which are still used to day, namely ‘Bible’ or ‘Bible in schools’.

The purpose of Christian Values Education is to present our tamariki with korero (stories) from the Bible and role models from NZ History and the world to present positive values.

“We are inspirational storytellers bringing hope and aroha to our tamariki in Aotearoa.” – Geoff Burton, Launchpad CEO

What is Christian Values Education?

Our history in New Zealand

In 1897 Reverend James Mackenzie of Nelson gained permission from his local school committee to present a non-denominational Bible programme before the official start of the school day. That became a highly successful alternative where it was permitted by regional education boards and followed a curriculum organised by the New Zealand Council for Christian Education. It was authorised by the Education Amendment Act 1964 and continued under the Education Act 1989, subject to the permission of school trustees. Parents could withdraw their children from any religious instruction.

Throughout the decades we have been referred by several names, the most common of which are still used to day, namely ‘Bible’ or ‘Bible in schools’.

The purpose of Christian Values Education is to present our tamariki with korero (stories) from the Bible and role models from NZ History and the world to present positive values.

 Our Launchpad Community

Launchpad Champions is presented throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to about 30 000 tamariki by about 1 500 volunteer presenters in about 500 state kura every week. Our Launchpad Champions volunteers come from different churches in 15 regions throughout Aotearoa to present our programmes.

That makes us one big whānau and community.

Our Commitment

Every Launchpad Champions team member is committed to:

Excellence

Launchpad Champions team members will present professional sessions in kura that encourage positive values.
Values that are important to teachers and kura will be supported through our high-quality presenters.
Presentations will be fun, engaging and relevant for our tamariki.

Integrity

Launchpad Champions team members will honour our Code of Expectations at all times.
This includes regular professional development, observations and undertaking Police Vetting.
Values and interactions will honour the oranga and mana of our tamariki.

Respect

Launchpad Champions team members will respect the experiences and beliefs of our tamariki and their whānau.
Our team members will uphold kura and classroom policies and procedures.
Communication with kura and staff will be open and responsive.

Community

Launchpad Champions team members will work in partnership with whānau, kura and community to encourage our tamariki to reach their potential.
Presentations include ideas for tamariki to apply positive values in their life and communities.

Our Commitment

Every Launchpad Champions team member is committed to:

Excellence

Launchpad Champions team members will present professional sessions in kura that encourage positive values.
Values that are important to teachers and kura will be supported through our high-quality presenters.
Presentations will be fun, engaging and relevant for our tamariki.

Integrity

Launchpad Champions team members will honour our Code of Expectations at all times.
This includes regular professional development, observations and undertaking Police Vetting.
Values and interactions will honour the oranga and mana of our tamariki.

Respect

Launchpad Champions team members will respect the experiences and beliefs of our tamariki and their whānau.
Our team members will uphold kura and classroom policies and procedures.
Communication with kura and staff will be open and responsive.

Community

Launchpad Champions team members will work in partnership with whānau, kura and community to encourage our tamariki to reach their potential.
Presentations include ideas for tamariki to apply positive values in their life and communities.