Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Forum On New Tertiary Institution For Manukau

5 October 2004

Successful Forum On New Tertiary Institution For Manukau

A very successful forum focusing on planning a new tertiary institution in Manukau has been held at the Civic Centre, Manukau City. It was organised by Manukau City Council and there were 50 attendees including representatives from MIT, AUT, Auckland University and Te Wananga o Aotearoa, and the Tertiary Education Commission.

The purpose was to discuss how the institutions could respond to the challenges faced in the fast-growing city. The forum concluded very positively with the Tertiary Education Commission advising it is prepared to look at proposals from interested stakeholders.

It was the first time that all interested parties in this area have gathered together to discuss the subject. There is no agreement yet about what form of institution is required, although there is agreement about the need for more higher education resources in the city.

The Council has recognised the demand for such an institution because of continuing growth in the city. The population increased last year by 10,000 and a very high percentage of residents are young.

A recent Council report found education levels need to rise and that options at tertiary level do not adequately serve the diverse needs of the community. Large numbers of teenagers leave secondary school each year without gaining qualifications and with no intention of moving into further study.

The most suitable location would be at Manukau City Centre but Manukau mayor Sir Barry Curtis says there is no agreement yet about the structure and governance. "However it is likely that the new institution will be a collaborative venture with more than one stakeholder. In fact I believe we need a completely new structure, something outside the box. It should have university status but deliver its services differently.

"I am open-minded about the structure but I am certain we need another institution that complements the role of Manukau Institute of Technology."

The Council is not responsible for education provision in the city but it is prepared to provide land and is also examining the possibility of assisting sharing of facilities.

"I am also proud that the Council is driving the process of planning this new facility. This has never been done before by a council in New Zealand. No-one's had the passion and focus to push for a new style of tertiary institution within its boundaries.

"The Council has plans to develop of Manukau City Centre to make it a more dynamic and lively place than at present. There will be more apartments, further shopping and entertainment options. A new tertiary institution would complement those plans and student populations always bring energy and colour to any city, as they do in Dunedin. It will become a city centre with a real heart."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Juggling Covid, And France’s Trump-like Populist

It is the age-old Covid problem. How to balance the needs for firms (and schools) to re-open against the need to protect public health. In the past, the balance has been struck by insisting that the best public health outcomes also deliver the best economic (and educational) outcomes. While that may still be objectively true, it is no longer a politically tenable position... More>>

RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces Cabinet decision on Covid-19 alert levels

Northland will move to level 2 at 11.59pm on 19 October. Waikato will be held at level 3, to be reviewed on Friday. Auckland will remain in level 3 with current restrictions for another two weeks... More>>



Government: Red Tape Cut To Boost Housing Supply
First home buyers are set to benefit from changes to planning rules being advanced by the Government and the National Party that will enable more medium density housing and cut red tape that acts as a barrier to development... More>>


Economy: Inflation highest in over a decade
The consumers price index rose 2.2 percent in the September 2021 quarter, the biggest quarterly movement since a 2.3 percent rise in the December 2010 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Excluding quarters impacted by increases to GST rates, the September quarter movement was the highest since the June 1987 quarter... More>>


Government: New Zealand Increases Climate Aid Contribution

The Government is making a four-fold increase in the support it provides to countries most vulnerable to the climate emergency, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>

Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels