News / 6 April, 2017

Settlement money directed to literacy

The trust charged with using treaty fisheries settlement money for the benefit of urban Māori through education and training is looking to team up with Whānau Ora providers to promote literacy and numeracy.

New Te Putea Whakatupu chair Willie Te Aho says over the past decade the trust funded university scholarships, conferences and networking.

The strategic direction outlined at last week’s Māori Fisheries Conference was to focus on literacy and numeracy for tamariki in primary and intermediate school level.

He says Whanau Ora can help identify where support is needed.

"If you are looking at a whānau that has issues of poverty or truancy you will find that there are numeracy literacy issues tied up there, not only with the students but also perhaps the parents. It makes sense to take a wholesome approach and that's why we are committed to working through the Whānau Ora commissioning agencies for the North Island and the South Island to achieve our targets," he says.

Willie Te Aho says Te Pūtea Whakatupu has just over $1 million a year to distribute, so teaming up with other organisations is a good way to increase its effectiveness.

FULL INTERVIEW WITH WILLIE TE AHO

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