Six groups were funded in stage one of MPEI. They are being supported for up to five years.
“I know that many in our community are still deeply rooted in the ways of the islands and our village way of life, but the village in New Zealand is different,” says C-me Mentoring Trust project manager John Kotoisuva.
“Here the village is industry, the education system, the city councils, the communities, the police, the navy and other institutions,” he says. “The culture and language that has to take top priority for our children is the one that enables them to be valuable contributors to New Zealand society. "
Manurewa’s Ideal Success Trust doesn’t think of its Huarahi Tika education project as a radical new idea. Instead, it’s a return to the traditional values of family involvement and whanau strength.
“It’s not really innovative, says CE Samantha Lundon, “it’s a return to our (Māori) cultural framework. It’s the traditional way of bringing children up, with the child raised by the hapu.”
Capacity building is the way of the future, says Fraser McDonald, who teaches and provides pastoral care for Unitec’s Graduate Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management.
“This course attracts utterly committed, community-based people,” he says. “The course offers eight modules, with intensive six-day classes and practical assignments based on the needs of their own organisation."
Drawing on successful learning models from the past, Northland’s Leadership Academy of A Company aims to build leadership among Northland’s young Māori.
Eighteen cadets started at the academy in 2010. Chosen from Northland schools for their leadership potential, academic ability or talent, they live in the academy during school term but go home weekends and holidays.
Mt Wellington’s Sylvia Park Primary School is being funded to set up a project co-ordinator position to act as a key link between home and school.
The school is setting up a learning partnership with the community to help families understand how well their children are doing at school, as well as challenge the school to consider its effectiveness in delivering programmes for Māori and Pacific community students.
The Rise Up Trust began in February 2006 as a Saturday home schooling programme in the garage of its founder, Sita Selupe, a young Tongan primary school teacher on maternity leave.
In September 2006 Aunty Sita's Homeschool was renamed the Rise Up Trust (RUT) in memory of Sita's cousin, Riki Mafi, who was killed by youth gang members. Sita says that gang violence is often associated with communities where there is high poverty and Rise Up Trust was a response to rising levels of gang violence. The trust’s founders believe that education and relationships are the keys to breaking the cycle of poverty.