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Please email your caseworker RTLB for support or for general advice please contact the

Liaison RTLB for your school or one of the Leadership Team

The national RTLB service works together with teachers and

schools to support the achievement of students in Years 1-10

who have learning and/or behaviour difficulties. 

Cluster 8 RTLBs work in schools in the central-central/east area of Auckland city.

Our name Ngā Manu Āwhina means The Helpful Birds. It was given to us by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei elders.

Vision Statement

Making a positive difference for all cluster schools

Together realizing hopes and dreams

Kia puawaitia ō tatou tumanako, ō tātou moemoea

Core Values





Mission Statement

Cluster 8 Ngā Manu Ᾱwhina RTLB work together, using our combined knowledge, experience, skills, and professional expertise to nurture and support the growth and wellbeing of mokopuna and the adults around them.

“The thing I loved the most – and still love the most about teaching – is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and see that individual or group exceed their limits.”

– Mike Krzyzewski

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Upcoming Events: 

wellbeing event save-the-date

RTLB Cluster 8's Wellbeing Event is re-scheduled for 9 and 10 August Term 3. Information will be posted here early in Term 2.

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Strengthening the learning support community - Joint workshop

Ngā Manu Āwhina RTLB Cluster 8 and Ministry of Education Learning Support invite Cluster 8 SENCOs and LSCs to our joint workshop on Tuesday 20th June

The focus of our day is to strengthen the relationships within the Learning Support Community by working together kanohi ki te kanohi. Our community will have the opportunity to work together on practical examples that are connected to our contexts. We will explore these using the layers of Te Tūāpapa and 'One Plan' frameworks that underpin our practice model - He Pikorua.


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incredible years programmes

Our IY leaders are Wendy and Chris Graham

In 2023 we will lead both Incredible Years for Teachers (IYT) and Incredible Years Helping Children with Autism (IYA) programmes.


The first programme this year is in Term 2. There are 6 sessions with the dates below. The venue is at Royal Oak Primary School in the RTLB meeting room (Crown Street)

  • Friday 28th April

  • Thursday 4th May

  • Thursday 18th May

  • Thursday 25th May

  • Thursday 8th June

  • Thursday 15th June


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Capable effective literacy community

CAPABLE is a community of teachers who are interested in effective literacy practices centred on a structured approach to literacy teaching. CAPABLE stands for a Collaboration of Auckland Practitioners Advancing Better Literacy for Everyone (one step at a time).

Meetings are twice a term. For dates and venues please contact Julie Nugent at

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Face to face and e-workshops

 Information about workshops for 2023 is on the Workshops page HERE.

Zones of Regulation: Michele Hucker POSTPONED, NEW DATE TBA at RTLB meeting room

Teaching Emotional Regulation from dysregulation through co-regulation to self regulation: Jo Turner and Barbara Hannant Wednesday 24th May 9.30am-2.30pm at RTLB meeting room


Bounce Back: Michelle Grey-Lamont Monday 29 May 2-4pm at RTLB Meeting room

Teacher Wellbeing: Maryanne Manuyag Wednesday 7 June 3.30-5pm at RTLB Meeting room.

Autistic Learners: Titania McKenzie Monday 12 June 3.30-5.30pm and Monday 26 June 3.30-5pm at RTLB meeting room

Reframing and responding to behaviour: Jo Turner Wednesday 14 June  (changed date) 9.30-12 at RTLB meeting room Royal Oak Primary School.

Mental Health Education and Wellbeing: Tracey Richardson on-line e-workshop.Wednesday 14th June (changed date), 3.30pm - 4.30pm

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