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Welcome to COMET Auckland

COMET Auckland - Te Hononga Akoranga is an independent charitable trust and an Auckland Council CCO championing better and fairer education, skills and lifelong learning for all Aucklanders.

We provide high quality and effective research, project development and leadership for cross-sector initiatives and action.



Languages in Education

 Imagine an Aotearoa New Zealand where every young person can learn and use te reo Māori as of right throughout their schooling:

·         By 2020, all Year 1 students are learning te reo Māori in schools

·         By 2033 all high school graduates will be able to converse in more than one language 

We have a 15-year plan to get us there. Read it here 



The Power of Talanoa

We had the pleasure of attending the premiere of Le Malelega a le To'elau's video about the power of the Talanoa Ato or basket, developed as part of our Talking Matters campaign. Find out more



New participatory science projects


Ten new SouthSci projects are underway in 2018 in south Auckland - from edible insects, to algae for biofuel, raising queen bees and ‘smart’ recycling bins that signal when they’re full. 

Read more 




CE's Pen: Unreasonable language barriers for migrant teachers


Learners in Auckland are missing out on great teachers because of unreasonable English language requirements - IELTS, which are making our teacher shortage worse. We are backing a call for Parliament to review IELTS, especially for Pasifika ECEs. You can help by circulating the petition.

Read more

Job Opportunities

Get on Board!

Join our COMET trustees. Following retirements, we are looking to fill up to three vacancies on our board. Is this you? 

  • Expertise in finance and/or accounting
  • Strong connections with and understanding of Auckland’s Māori communities (Mana Whenua and/or Mataawaka)
  • Knowledge and connections in the early childhood or schooling sectors 

Applications close 23rd September.


APPLY NOW! Applications are now open for funding for STEM projects for 2019. Due 26th October. 


Our latest submissions on the Review of Tomorrow's Schools

... the Early Learning Strategic Plan

... and the Education Conversation - Kōrero Mātauranga



Our latest Auckland Snapshot and commentary has useful information on education, from early learning through school to tertiary education and employment. Plus a special feature on the effects on education of the city's high cost of housing and living. 


Catch up with our latest newsletter - Talking Matters in home languages for Māngere, Meet our new Kaumātua, and more ...

















Talking Matters
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