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From the CEs Pen - April 2018



 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.

 This is shaping to be a very good year to have a say on the future of education and skills, with the Government signalling several important reviews. 

We want to hear about the issues you think are most important, so COMET can include them in our submissions on behalf of the education sector and communities in Auckland. 

We are dedicating time at our consultation meeting this year to hear from educators, employers, and community leaders – you, our stakeholders – about what we should tell the Government it needs to do to make education, skills and lifelong learning better and fairer for all Aucklanders.

You will also have the opportunity to raise the issues you think COMET should focus on over the next three years, to go into our Statement of Intent.

So please come along and have your say, and help to shape our priorities for the years ahead.

Consultation meeting

Monday 7th May, 3.30pm–5.30pm, including refreshments and networking

Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Rd, Auckland

Please register here by the 2nd of May, 2018 

Your opinion and experience is valued, so we hope to see you there.


Ngā mihi,  

Susan Warren

Chief Executive


Stakeholder Survey Reminder


We’d appreciate 10 minutes of your time to answer our annual COMET Auckland stakeholder survey.  

Your feedback is important. It tells us how well we’re doing and what we can improve. It also guides our planning for the next year’s work and contributes to our annual report to Auckland Council. 

Please click here to complete the survey, if you haven’t done so already.



We’re pleased to announce funding for our first participatory science project for 2018 – algae for biofuel at Manurewa High School.



More than 60 rangatahi from high schools and wharekura around Auckland took part in our inaugural Youth Education Wānanga.


Reminder: Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum


The next TMEF hui is on: 

Wednesday 16th May, starts 10am and finishes after lunch

Tanoa Room – Pacific Community Centre, 

Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara (Alexander Cres entrance)

 The agenda will include a report back from our inaugural Youth Education Wānanga. 


Youth Employability

Our Youth Employability Programme - Licence to Work is underway again in 14 regions around the country, from the Far North to Marlborough. 

There are 48 schools and organisations taking part this year, including eight secondary schools and four wharekura in Auckland. 

Outside Auckland, 36 schools and organisations across 13 regions are either running YEP or have plans to do so later in the year. 




COMET’s formal submission on the draft Auckland Plan 2050 highlighted ways to promote better and fairer outcomes for education, skills and lifelong learning.

We suggested several places where the goals would be strengthened by:

Adding some specific measures to the monitoring framework

An extra Focus Area 8 for Transport and Access - Move to free public transport for all students.

In response to an invitation from the Ministry of Education, COMET has also made a submission on Education Issues for Legislation in 2018, in particular:  

Repealing Communities of Online Learning

Protecting the public interest in Education Council decision-making

Establishing a College of Educational Leadership

Reinstating a skills leadership role for ITOs

You can read both submissions here


In the Media

15 January 2018. Qualified welcome to Nikki Kaye's proposed languages bill (press release) Scoop

15 January 2018. Monolingual no more: Kiwi kids take up diverse languages NZ Herald

4 March 2018. Bridging the employment gap in Gisborne Gisborne Herald

11 March 2018. Why aren’t Kiwi kids good with their money? NZ Herald

6 April 2018. Building the next generation of engineers. FOCUS on Innovation

12 April 2018. NCEA pass rate improvements may be over. Radio NZ Morning Report  

12 April 2018. Youth Education Wānanga (Item starts @9:40mins) Te Kāea, Maori TV


From the CEs Pen - March 2018




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.

COMET Auckland is delighted to release Snapshot Auckland 2017, the latest in our popular series of data updates on education, training and skills in Auckland. 

Snapshot Auckland 2017 brings together useful information on learning pathways in Auckland, from early learning, through school to tertiary education and employment.

It looks at enrolments, staffing ratios, learning of te reo Māori and other languages, achievement and qualifications, and post-study employment and earnings.  

We’ve got some more detailed commentary below, but some of the highlights include:

  • A special feature on how the high and rising cost of housing and living in Auckland is affecting education for students, families and teachers. 
  • Data on school leavers that show we are failing to prepare significant numbers of young Aucklanders to earn a living, with more than 25,000 aged 15-24 not in education, employment or training last year.
  • Challenging statistics on te reo Māori and other languages in schools.

So there is still a great deal to do to make our education system more equitable for all Aucklanders. We need different kinds of collaboration if we are to transform the lives of our children, families and communities.

We hope you find our Snapshot Auckland 2017 useful to start discussions around education, skills and life-long learning in communities.

The snapshot can be downloaded from our website so please feel free to share the link with your networks and on social media (don’t forget to #cometauckland, thanks!). And I would welcome your comments by email as well.    

Please contact Shaheeda to order a printed copy. 

We are now working on data snapshots for each of Auckland Council’s 21 local boards.  So keep an eye out over the coming weeks.  

Nga mihi,

Susan Warren

Chief Executive



Snapshot Auckland 2017 looks at how the high and rising cost of housing and living in Auckland is affecting education.



Snapshot Auckland 2017 shows we are failing to prepare a significant number of young Aucklanders for employment.



Snapshot Auckland 2017 raises some challenging statistics on learning of te reo Māori and other languages in schools. 


PS: About National Standards

You will notice Snapshot Auckland 2017 includes data on National Standards. With the Government’s decision to scrap National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori we understand the 2016 figures in our snapshot will be the last to be reported, certainly on a regional or national level. We are looking at other ways to report on primary and intermediate achievement in future.