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Supporting Wairoa tamariki and rangatahi

Hon Parekura Horomia
Associate Minister for Education

7 March 2008 Media Statement

Supporting Wairoa tamariki and rangatahi from Kohanga to Kura.

“Education is the key to unlocking Maori potential. That’s why it is essential that we support our rangatahi and our tamariki from Kohanga to Kura” Associate Minister for Education, Parekura Horomia said today.

“This morning I joined teachers and students of Wairoa College to celebrate the completion of their new school facilities.”

“Wairoa College has seen some great changes since 2005. The introduction of year 7 and 8 students brought about a large scale rebuilding programme. Today we opened new technology facilities, a new music suite and practise rooms, two new science laboratories, and new canteen facilities.”

“Today was also a big day for Wairoa Te Kohanga Reo who have been allocated a government grant of $62,636 to retain the existing services.”

The Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced more than $6 million in funding for early childhood centres across the country in this latest round of grants from the Education Ministry's Discretionary Grants Scheme.

“This grant represents a real boost for local Maori whanau and their tamariki”

The Discretionary Grants Scheme has provided over $90 million of funding towards early childhood education centres since July 2000.

Applications for the first round of the Discretionary Grants Scheme for 2008 close on Monday 28 April 2008.

Information and application forms are available at


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