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From the CE’s Pen
Ngā mihi nui, ngā mihi mahana, ngā mihi aroha. Tēnā kotou katoa. Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Nisa bula vinaka, Taloha ni, Fakalofa lahi atu, Ni hao, Namaste, and warm greetings.

Matariki is a time for new beginnings, so it’s fitting that this week we celebrate five years since we moved from a Manukau-focused organisation to working Auckland-wide, in response to the formation of Auckland Council.  

Many of you were with us at the Cloud when we launched the new organisation. The dreams for Auckland learners that you shared at that event continue to guide and inspire us.

As we celebrate our first five years as COMET Auckland, we’ve been reflecting on the changes in our organisation and in our city.  We have a new trust deed, name, office location, logo, mission, and an expanded board and team.  More importantly, working across the region has allowed us to take a more strategic role, raising and addressing system-wide issues in partnership with passionate educators, business people, policy-makers, learners and community leaders from every part of Auckland. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: Then Auckland mayor Len Brown, educator
Te Kepa Stirling and students from Papakura South School at
COMET Auckland’s launch.

Meanwhile, Auckland has changed too. The population has grown even faster than originally predicted, bringing rich diversity alongside the inevitable traffic and housing woes. More young people are achieving qualifications, though the long-standing inequities by gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background remain. Sadly, our dream of one day working ourselves out of a job, when we see full equity of education outcomes, is looking just as distant as it did five years ago.

As always, we can’t bring about change on our own, so we are grateful to be working with so many of you, towards our goal of creating a more equitable education and skills system for Auckland.





Ka kite anō



Susan Warren, CEO


Financial capability in action in Randwick Park and Tāmaki

More families with increased incomes, reduced debt and able to own their own home are some of the achievements of two financial wellbeing projects in Tāmaki and Randwick Park.




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Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum (TMEF) - Thursday 26th July 2017
He hui tūarua tēnei – Nau mai, haere mai!


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The Power of Talk

Here's the latest Talking Matters update.

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In the media

31 May 2017:  Regional economic develop agency’s youth employment strategy lays down six steps to success. Gisborne Herald

13 June 2017: Early language capability begins at home. Newsroom

2 July 2017:  Lack of ‘soft skills’ holds young Kiwis back. Newsroom



Community Notices

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Early Years half day workshop – Auckland


Ideal for parents and professionals working with babies, toddlers and children in the first few years of life.

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Language Policy Event
Why should Aotearoa/New Zealand invest in producing a national language policy?....

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The Maths Craft Festival

Listen to guest speakers talk about the fascinating relationships between maths and craft or participate in one of our craft workshops.

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Digital curriculum consultation
The Ministry of Education is consulting on the draft Digital Technologies - Hangarau Matihiko curriculum to be included in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa from 2018. The ministry would like to hear from the education and technology sectors as well as parents, students and their whānau. The consultation runs until August 31. You can find out more and make a submission here.  

Essential estuarine environments
The Science Learning Hub has uploaded a new series of resources focused on the estuarine environment....

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Research summary: Subjective whānau wellbeing in Te Kupenga

This publication summarises the research report Subjective whānau wellbeing in Te Kupenga....



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What technology skills does your business need?

NZTech are collecting data through a nationwide 2017 New Zealand Tech Skills Demand Survey to better understand employers’ digital and technical demands.


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