Education push for Ngati Ruanui youth

Last updated 05:00 03/07/2012

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A South Taranaki iwi says it wants to "remove the roadblocks" for its youth to reach success in education.

Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust recently held discussions with the principals and board of trustee chairs from four high schools in Patea, Hawera and Stratford about how Ngati Ruanui students can reach new rates of achievement.

Chief executive Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said their iwi has recently adopted a new education strategy, which includes developing a comprehensive action plan with high school principals.

"The discussions to date have thrown up a lot of ideas and new ways of working together," she said. "We all need to challenge ourselves, this cannot be another set of words or endless discussions.

"It must be about action on the ground that is real for both students and teachers."

Ms Ngarewa-Packer said the developing action plan has three main focus areas – direct relationship building within the schools between iwi and teachers, mentoring and leadership programmes and identification of direct intervention when needed.

The iwi would meet with the board chairs and principals on a regular basis to make sure this was happening, she said.

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