Kia Kaha: Information for teachers

Bullying behaviour harms children and their educational and life outcomes. Bullying is not new and is an issue that all schools face.

About Kia Kaha

Kia Kaha consists of a comprehensive range of anti-bullying resources to help children and young people learn and apply a range of safe practices that they can use to build and maintain successful relationships throughout their lives.

The New Zealand Police recommends that learning activities in Kia Kaha operate within a whole-school approach as described on the Bullying-Free NZ website:

How teachers can support Kia Kaha

Teachers are strongly encouraged to support Kia Kaha through:

  • considering their attitudes and values towards bullying
  • understanding the importance of addressing bullying as part of a broad and balanced curriculum
  • increasing their understanding about bullying and the use of effective pedagogies 
  • encouraging the principal to establish and regularly review a bullying policy with explicit prevention and response procedures as described on the Bullying-Free NZ website developed by the cross-agency Bullying Prevention Advisory Group.
  • using school data to provide context for lesson content. Data can be generated through Wellbeing@school student surveys.

Data gathering 

Gathering data, especially from students, is important to determine the level and type of bullying that occurs, whether existing efforts are working, and get a full picture of what’s going on, rather than rely on how things appear on the surface. Data can be used to suggest particular areas of focus to prevent harm, and to provide a baseline for monitoring outcomes over time.

Police recommend the Wellbeing@school surveys as a useful tool to gather and analyse school data about bullying (the Ministry of Education has announced this tool will be free of charge until the end of 2018).  

Kia Kaha resources for teachers

A range of resources is provided for teachers as part of Kia Kaha. These resources include: