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5 Years as COMET Auckland


About 60 people attended our AGM on 12th of October in Glen Innes where a highlight was the launch of our special Five Years Report by councillor Penny Hulse (pictured), chair of Auckland Council’s environment and community committee. The report marks five years since COMET became a regional organisation with Auckland’s amalgamation, and looks ahead at the key challenges for education and training. 






Guest speakers former COMET chair Stuart Middleton of Manukau Institute of Technology and Angus Fletcher of the Fletcher Trust along with Frank and Judy Solomon, talked about Making Our Mark over the past five years and since COMET’s beginnings in south Auckland in the late 1990s. One of the successes has been Whānau Ara Mua with 488 adults graduating over the past five years, most of them Māori and Pasifika sole parents. The course has also enhanced the lives of their children - more than 1,000 youngsters. Whānau Ara Mua is now run by the Solomon Group. Founding director, Judy Solomon (pictured) says it’s a wonderful course that changes the whole family.


 “Whānau Ara Mua is the only course of its type in New Zealand that integrates early childhood and tertiary education. The ‘whole of whānau’ focus is truly unique and by providing parents, grandparents, and caregivers with the tools and desire to educate themselves, we are seeing profound changes in their lives and the lives of their children.”



The View Ahead for Auckland in education and training was set out by guest speakers EMA chief executive Kim Campbell, Brainwave Trust Aotearoa executive director Sue Wright, Tame Te Rangi of Ngāti Whātua and Charlotte Collins.


 Charlotte (pictured) is a student rep on the www.learningauckland.org.nz/Learning Auckland leadership table. She says including young people in education decisions is one of the biggest challenges facing Auckland.

 “How can you teach us for the world ahead without a youth voice on what we need and want in education?” At the same time, Charlotte says it’s important to remind young people to make their voices heard. “I’m constantly reminding students that you shouldn’t be afraid to speak – your voice does count, it’s a valid opinion, you have a right to express it.” 





 Download our Five Years Report here . Or find it and our 2016-17 Annual Report online here .