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Labour announces $28.5m Pacific Education Innovation Fund in response to COVID-19

Part of the Labour Government’s Pacific Education Action Plan 2020-2030 was rolled out this week. The $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund will be spread out over four years.  The new funding will go towards educators, early learning services, schools, tertiary education providers and community groups. “The purpose of the fund is to support comprehensive, […]

Tech giant IBM launches technology programme in South Auckland schools

P-TECH, or 'Pathways in Technology', is a programme aimed at addressing the digital skills shortage in many countries. Reporter Taylor Aumua met some of New Zealand's first P-Tech students in South Auckland.

Covid-19 Alert Level 3: ‘It came as a shock, but we were ready’ – Auckland Principal Karl Vasau

Now that Auckland is in Alert Level 3, schools are closed and most students are back to learning from home. Alistar Kata talked to Karl Vasau, Principal of Rowandale School in Manurewa and member of the Pasifika Principals Association, to see how the Pacific teaching community is responding.

NZ’s first punanga embraces Kuki Airani reo for over 36 years

As celebrations across the country commence for Te 'Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani, we go inside Aotearoa’s oldest punanga, who have been sharing the reo with non-Cook Islanders for almost 30 years.

Prison rehabilitation programme transforming the lives of Pasifika inmates

Saili Matagi is Rehabilitation programme at Springhill Corrections Facility in the Waikato that's been making a difference to the lives of it's Pasifika inmates. It helps them to transition back into the outside world by reconnecting them with Pacific values.

New ‘Action Plan’ aims to better Pacific learning

The Government has announced a new 'Action Plan' to better support Pacific learners in education. It comes after 18 months of a series of fono with over 3000 people. The Action Plan recognises five 'key shifts' that the Pacific community identified as needed for change.

Pacific climate change study gains $4.5m

The Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (MBC) at the University of Canterbury (UC) has been awarded $4.5 million by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) for a major climate change project in the Pacific in partnership with the University of the South Pacific (USP). MBC Director and interdisciplinary scholar Professor Steven Ratuva will co-lead […]

Pacific students speak out about period poverty

A significant number of New Zealand teenagers are missing school and work because they can’t afford sanitary items. New research has shown that the situation is worse for Māori and Pasifika youth.