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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.



Talking Matters features on 1NEWS

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1 NEWS, 14 October 2018

New research shows a baby’s babble can indicate whether they’ll grow up to be good readers.

Experts say the finding is important for New Zealand given the country’s reading standards have dropped over the last five years.

“Often people think that their babble means nothing but that's not true,” says Emma Quigan from Talking Matters.

“Babies are born ready to communicate.” 



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 



COMET Annual Report 2017-18

NEW  Our latest Annual Report is out now to download or read online.

Where does our money come from? What do we spend it on? Performance reports on all our projects - plus stories and photos about the families, children and groups we work with.


Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum

 Hui - Paa Harakeke, 25 October  

In Education for Māori, have we gone full circle? 

Research, evidence and data analyses on rangatahi experiences

Panel discussions and interviews with our youth and kaumātua


Our latest submissions on the

... Review of Home-Based Early Childhood Education

... the Maihi Karauna: Strategy for Māori Language Revitalisation 2018–2023


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



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. 



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