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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
standing strong together in wellbeing 

Thanks to everyone who presented and participated in RTLB Cluster 8's Wellbeing Event on 9 and 10 August Term 3 at the Ellerslie Events Centre. 

Details are on the Wellbeing Event page HERE.

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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.


Our second programme this year is in Term 3 and Term 4. There are 6 sessions with the dates below. The venue is at Royal Oak Primary School in the RTLB meeting room (Crown Street)

  • Wednesday 23rd August

  • Wednesday 30th August

  • Wednesday 13th September

  • Wednesday 20th September

  • Wednesday 18th October

  • Wednesday 25th October


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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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seasons for growth

Seasons for Growth is a change and loss education programme that uses the imagery of the seasons to illustrate the experience of grief. It aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people (aged 6-18) who are dealing with significant life changes by:  

⧫ exploring the impact of change and loss on every-day life  

⧫ learning new ways to respond to these changes.  


Trained adult ‘Companions’ facilitate the small group programme, where participants support and learn from each other in age-appropriate and engaging activities.  


Young people learn that they are not alone in dealing with the effects of change, loss and grief and build their communication, decision making and problem-solving skills within a supportive peer group.  


We will be offering a 2-day face-to-face training in Term 3.  For more about what's involved see HERE


Please email Sarah Pearse if you are interested in training and/or have any queries. 

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Face to face and e-workshops

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


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