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.



CE's Pen - Government must double equity funding for education


January 2019 - The Government needs to double its equity funding for education.

New Zealand has one of the widest achievement gaps for students from poor families in the world and, according to the Tomorrow's Schools review report, spends only half as much as comparable countries on equity funding for schools.

That has to change ...  Read more



SouthSci applications now open

Our SouthSci participatory science programme is now open for funding applications for 2019. Due 22 February. 

If you've got a great community research idea, we've got up to $20,000 and expertise to help. More info here



Licence to Work: Better than money!


A Licence to Work is a gift that will keep on giving for the rest of your life. EMA chief executive Kim Campbell explains the value to employers and students of the Youth Employability Programme. 

 More stories from our Licence to Work graduates 



Hi there, thanks for all the talking

Watch what promoting early language is doing for children and parents on our Talking Matters to Tāmaki programme.

 Find out more



COMET has three new board members - Tracy Massam, Richard Thornton and Finau Glen Tuala. Their appointments were approved by Auckland Council in December 2018.


NEW! Our submission on the Budget Policy Statement 2019

And check out other recent submissions on: 

... the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy 

... the Review of Home-Based Early Childhood Education

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



NEW!  Our Auckland Local Board data snapshots are out now! All the latest info on education, training, skills and employment for each of the 21 local board areas. Plus commentaries on key issues for the eastern, western, central northern and southern boards.


COMET Annual Report 2017-18

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.


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

We have a plan ...



Talking Matters
YEP: Licence to Work