September Pānui, 2015


Education & Training


Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō in partnership with the Computers-in-Homes Foundation has completed the Pilot program. The course consisted of 20 hours of free training, with participants who completed the course receiving a computer for home, plus 12 months of subsidised Internet connectivity and technical support.

The programme saw seven of our iwi members learning how to set up a computer, search for information on the internet, use Google maps, set up and use email, download and save various files and also use of media. Many more tools were included to help them communicate with whānau and work together with school age children safely and responsibly in the online world. The course is set up with an emphasis on learning in a relaxing whānau environment.

What's next? We are looking for more iwi members to begin a new Computers-in-Homes course in Blenheim in the middle of October. This is an entry level programme that will run twice a week for five weeks and will be completed before the school term ends in November.

If this sounds like something you would like to do please contact or Freephone 0800 578900 for further information.



We would like to remind you about our Literacy & Numeracy Support Programme that is now in place with Workforce Development NZ. There is no cost for the programme and it is available to Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō iwi members throughout the country who are in the workforce and want to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.

Workforce Development is a private training company, which has been serving New Zealand communities, businesses and government departments for over 20 years.

There are only 14 places on the programme so if you would like to know more or to register for consideration, please contact or call Freephone 0800 578 900.


Once again this year Marlborough Lines are offering Tertiary Scholarships to support Māori Education. The final details are being confirmed and we will advise you once applications open.


Science New Zealand’s ‘Plant & Food’ programme has a general summer student opportunity that has a number of positions specifically set aside for Māori and Pacifika students. These can, in theory, be undertaken at any Plant & Food location.

One of these positions is a combined business-science project based in Nelson. This is a slightly unusual project, as it has both a business and science focus rather than a single angle.

Applicants must be currently enrolled students in a tertiary institute. The PFR summer studentships are paid positions, and the projects are designed to help the students to develop and grow.

Formal applications can be made via the following web link,12749.html

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