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Promoting educational achievement and innovation

Many young Māori are missing out on education, training and development opportunities simply because they never leave first base. They have never switched on to learning, nor experienced success in education. And so the “long, brown tail” of underachievement still shamefully characterises our education system.

Changing those statistics is Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust’s first priority.

It requires the Trust to find innovative solutions to lift Māori achievement levels in education. These projects and activities will:

  • Accelerate the development of practical solutions to boost educational success;
  • Be sustainable and transferable;
  • Add value to existing educational pathways;
  • Leverage off existing programmes and other sources of funding;
  • Be of a suitable scale, with the potential for high-impact results both socially and economically; and
  • Build connections between communities, iwi, industry stakeholders and other relevant organisations.

A number of niche activities and projects have been developed or are under consideration. Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust director John Tamihere said: “We can support projects WE believe will make a difference to Māori – and do it our way. It’s important to have organisations like Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust who are bold and game enough to employ
innovative ideas and challenge the status quo.”

“As a non-government organisation, Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust is able to target its resources into the areas we see fit instead of relying on legislative government funding that pushes the money back into the very system that is failing our people in the first place.”
– John Tamihere, Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust

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“My children are doing something I haven’t been able to do – succeed at education.  I didn’t like how I felt at school, and I didn’t want my children to go through life feeling like that. Now they won’t have to.”
– Corrin Philipp

Literacy and Numeracy Pilot Programme

Kip McGrath tuition project promotes love of learning

A three-year literacy and numeracy project has supported Māori children who were falling behind in school.

Between 2011 and 2014, Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust partnered with urban Māori authority Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust to deliver targeted reading and maths tuition in a West Auckland pilot programme.

The project was part of TPWT’s focus on lifting Māori educational achievement, and dovetailed as an additional educational component into Waipareira Trust’s wrap-around health and social services programme, Whānau Tahi, in West Auckland. The alliance took advantage of Waipareira Trust’s comprehensive services network for Māori. The ability to utilise an existing services network accelerated the development of an innovative approach to support children who were at risk of failing in school.

Waipareira Trust developed Te Kete Aronui – a programme based on Kip McGrath literacy and numeracy programmes – to address the specific needs of Māori children in low-decile West Auckland primary schools.

Kip McGrath programmes are widely proven as effective in switching children on to learning, but their cost makes them inaccessible to many Māori. Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust provided subsidised or free access to the programmes for eligible children.

Four strands of tuition were delivered under Te Kete Aronui. In the first, high-needs primary-aged children were offered low-cost after-school tuition initially at Waipareira Trust’s Whānau Centre in Henderson and later at its Digital Training Centre. Families underwent a financial assessment before their fees were determined. For some (depending on circumstance) the cost was as little as $2 per session. Several 80-minute classes were run daily. Children aged between six and 12 studied reading, spelling, comprehension or maths up to twice a week in tailored learning that included one-to-one attention from qualified teachers. Children were assessed at entry, and reassessed regularly to measure progress.

The second initiative was a pilot literacy development programme at Pomaria School, a Decile 2 primary in Henderson. A group of Māori children were selected by the school to participate in a weekly literacy programme. The programme focused on children with high literacy needs who would otherwise have no opportunity to receive targeted, quality intervention of this kind. The children were taught in groups of four, allowing the teacher to provide individual attention to each child.

The third strand was centred on a mobile unit (Nessie), which travelled to Massey High School to deliver literacy and numeracy programmes for Year 9 and 10 students, and in the fourth initiative programmes were delivered at Amokura, the Waipareira Alternative Education Unit at Rutherford College.

Ngā Kura ki Hawaiiki

Networking Kura through Waka Haurua


Governance Training

Implementing a Māori Governance Training Framework


“We can support projects WE believe will make a difference to Māori - and do it our way. It’s important to have organisations like Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust who are bold and game enough to employ innovative ideas and challenge the status quo.”

John Tamihere, Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust