A new Year 7-13 designated character wharekura will be built in Ppmoa, Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis has announced.
The wharekura will focus on science, mathematics and creative technologies while connecting konga to the whakapapa of the area. The decision follows an application by the Ng Ptiki Tamapahore Trust and a consultation process.
"The wharekura will initially have a maximum roll of 72 konga. Its establishment recognises the importance of Wairuatanga that is deeply embedded within the marae communities of the Bay of Plenty - Waiariki District," Kelvin Davis said.
Teaching at the wharekura will be conducted in te reo Mori and will deliver a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) programme supported by mtauranga Mori. This reflects Ng Ptiki ki Uta Ng Ptiki ki Tai - mai ng khui maunga ki te moana: Tauranga Moana, Tauranga tangata: Te Arawa waka Te Arawa tangata: Mai ng pae maunga ki te moana.
"Boosting Mori education is a focus for the Chris Hipkins' Government, as shown in the recent Budget where $225 million went into areas including more classrooms and learning support," Kelvin Davis said.
"Our goal is to grow the number of Mori learners in Mori Medium and Kaupapa Mori Education to 30% by 2040, and new wharekura like this will help us achieve this."
"We are pleased to make this announcement in partnership with Ng Ptiki Tamapahore Trust as we continue to work collaboratively to foster increased participation, engagement and success for Mori through Mori immersion education," Kelvin Davis said.
The next step is the appointment of an Establishment Board who will be tasked with developing the vision and direction of the wharekura and appointing staff.