May 24, 2015
Ngati Apa tackles education deficit
Top of the South Island iwi Ngati Apa is embracing the Computers in Homes scheme as part of a wider programme of education and cultural revitalisation for its people.
Initially 10 Ngati Apa ki te Ra To families will receive a recycled computer, free training, and 12 months of subsidised internet connectivity and technical support.
Chief executive Butch Bradley says as well as helping children do better at school, it’s also a way to encourage kaumatua and allows them to keep in touch with whanau wherever they are and pass on their knowledge.
He says the iwi has also developed a wananga, Te Whare Matauranga a Ngati Apa ki te Ra To, to pass on its traditions.
Butch Bradley says Ngati Apa is also planning literacy, numeracy and financial numeracy courses for its members.
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