15% households with school aged children without internet access       39% of Aucklanders born overseas       82% of 18 year olds have NCEA Level 2       22% unemployment for 15-24 year olds       94.6% attend pre-school       1 in 4 children in poverty       79% pass NCEA Literacy in Yr 11       76% at or above national reading standards starting high school

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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.



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



CE's Pen - August 2018


Learners in Auckland are missing out on great teachers because of unreasonable English language requirements for migrant teachers - requirements that most New Zealand-born professionals would struggle to meet.

These unnecessarily high, academic IELTS requirements are contributing to our worsening teacher shortage and harming the early childhood sector in particular.

At COMET we are backing a call for Parliament to review the application of IELTS requirements, especially for Pasifika ECEs. You can help by circulating a petition from the Early Childhood Council.

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New participatory science projects

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

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Our August Newsletter is Out Now!

Call to review IELTS for migrant teachers, 10 new SouthSci projects, SouthSci showcase of the first three years, Talking Matters in home languages for Māngere, Meet our new Kaumātua, Our latest submissions, Notices and much more ...


 Out now! Our SouthSci showcase 2015-17 with all 24 of the participatory science projects from our first three years. 


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. 


Hindi Language Week

Celebrate National Hindi Language Week from 7-14 September. Find out about resources for schools, a cultural evening, and speech competition. Entries close on 20th August.




Talking Matters
YEP: Licence to Work