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.



Licence to Work "changed me"

WATCH: Doing our Youth Employability Programme has taught Ana Lose Niu “a lot of new skills” and about the importance of commitment in the workplace. 

“It’s a good course and it’s changed me,” says the Y12 student from Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate. 

 More stories here from our Licence to Work graduates 



Talking Matters for Child Wellbeing



WATCH: Why is it important for the Government to put talking with babies in their first 1000 days at the top of its Child Wellbeing agenda?

Talking Matters NZ director Alison Sutton explains how talking with babies in their early years develops their brains and sets them up for educational and life success.

 Find out more



New participatory science projects

From edible insects, to algae for biofuel, raising queen bees and ‘smart’ recycling bins that signal when they’re full - find out about our existing SouthSci projects underway in south Auckland. 

Read more 



NEW! Our submission on the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy 

And check out other recent submissions on: 

... 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