Stage two funding  

Stage two funding

5 May 2012

The  organisations funded in stage two of the Māori and Pacific Education Initiative were announced at a special ceremony in Auckland last night.

At a gathering for all those who have been involved in the journey so far, Maaori and Pacific committee Chair Unasa Enosa Auva’a announced the groups:

Manaiakalani Education Trust

The Manaiakalani project uses e-learning developments and new digital media to better meet the needs of Māori and Pacific students and their families.
Using internet-enabled personal netbooks, students use cloud computing to access learning anywhere, at any time and at any pace.
Teachers at seven Auckland schools have joined the project, applying the new teaching methods which are fundamental to the programme’s success.
The Trust’s grant is for $1.2 million over three years.

The Starpath Project

This pioneering research project focuses on transforming educational outcomes for students who are currently under-achieving at secondary school and so are under-represented in tertiary education.
Starpath aims to address New Zealand’s comparatively high rate of educational inequality with Māori and Pacific Island students, and students from low socio-economic backgrounds showing significant rates of educational under-achievement compared with their peers.
The Trust’s grant is for $1.5 million over five years, which will be matched by the government under the Partnership for Excellence programme.

High Tech Youth Academy

The High Tech Youth Academy is based in Otara, where it helps students, aged 16-24, to develop their skills in digital production and film making, animation, 3D gaming, visual design and robotics.
The Trust’s grant to the academy is for $625,000 over three years.

The Student Pipeline Project

The Student Pipeline Project is about guiding Māori students through education and into meaningful cadetships, apprenticeships and internship opportunities while they are still studying.
Managed on behalf of the Māori in Tertiary Education steering group, the Pipeline Project is a joint initiative by tertiary providers who want to help address Maaori participation and under-achievement in tertiary education in Auckland.
The Trust’s grant is for $647,500 over five years.

$20 million committed

In total, the Trust has now committed $20 million to the MPEI project – which is more than the Trust has ever committed to a single initiative before.

In December 2010, the Trust launched stage two of MPEI. For the next three years, to 2013, we will be funding a small number of projects each year.

We have been looking for innovative community projects that aim to address increased academic achievement of Māori and Pacific students in the education system. The Trust is interested in projects that are scalable, able to be replicated with potential to impact on future education policy and infrastructural change for the betterment of Māori and Pacific students.

What we looked for

In making decisions, the Trust considered MPEI’s guiding principles and looked for projects that had:

  • strategic relevance – projects must advance Māori and Pacific engagement in citizenship through education
  • evidence of innovation and sustainability
  • outcomes that can be measured
  • the potential to be replicated and scaled up
  • a basis of partnership and self-help
  • evidence of community ownership
  • the organisational capacity to deliver.

Stage one

In stage one of the project six community organisations were funded.

Contact us

To find out more about the Maaori and Pacific Education Initiative, please contact Moi Becroft, Team Leader Māori & Pacific Strategy & Programme.


Radio New Zealand's Morning Report covers news of the $4m grant to educational organisations under stage two of the Maaori and Pacific Education Initiative.