Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Maori Graduate Awards


Press Release
14th December 2012
Maori Graduate Awards

One hundred and forty Maori students all of whom are second chance learners in South Auckland will receive special graduation awards in a ceremony today at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT). Never before in its history has MIT or indeed any other tertiary institution, had such a large cohort of disadvantaged Maori students from a single intake. All have successfully completed their studies in trade training and foundation level courses.

The students have been part of a pilot programme for Maori teen mothers that's run by the Manukau Urban Maori Authority (MUMA) in collaboration with and funded by Te Puni Kokiri. MUMA was contracted this year by Te Puni Kokiri to pathway 20 Maori teen mothers into education and training. Chief Executive of MUMA, Willie Jackson says “We have had extraordinary success with these students. For example, our target number of 20 clients was met within two days of signing the contract and because our organisation provides integrated services to Maori individuals and whanau, we case managed not just teen mothers, but also the teen fathers and other whanau members. As a result we have been able to pathway more than 150 students into MIT since June this year.”
In South Auckland alone, there are upwards of 3000 Maori teen mothers and the numbers are steadily increasing.

Willie Jackson says that programmes like ‘Supporting Intergenerational Success’ that focus on developing Maori youth are critical in South Auckland. “It's fantastic that so many young Maori who face significant hardships can be supported and recognised for their efforts at tertiary level. We’ve been working with less than four percent of the total pool of teen mothers so we need to engage the other 96 percent.” MUMA is currently in discussions with key agencies like the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Education and Te Puni Kokiri to continue this work next year.”

The multi method approach that MUMA has developed to successfully pathway the students is comprised of face to face and group mentoring, personal case management, pastoral care, provision of key support services (e.g. transport, child care etc) and the utilisation of risk management tools. “As a lead provider of Whanau Ora we have the advantage of being able to provide broader support to our clients,’ says Jackson.


The awards ceremony will be held at Manukau Institute of Technology from 10am to 2pm.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Film Awards: The Dark Horse Scores Big

An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach Genesis Potini, made all the right moves to take out top honours along with five other awards at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards - nicknamed The Moas. More>>

ALSO:

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news