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In the Pink!

In the Pink!

The all-female team at COMET was thrilled to get behind Breast Cancer Action Day on Oct 14th. We decked ourselves out in pink and giggled our way through a shared pink lunch.

Pink food is really quite easy and most delicious. To give you an idea, we dined on beetroot, red onion and cranberry salad, yummy salmon, ham salad, pink apples, rhubarb muffins and pink cakes, all washed down with some pink champagne, guava juice and pink lemonade!

This is a great fundraising initiative and we had a lot of fun as well as raising some money for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.


Agenda for Amazing Children

Read COMET's submission to the government's ECE Taskforce here...


Government investment of $9.5million into bilingual ECE services in South Auckland starts to address the shortfall of services in this area.


Increasing Participation in Early Childhood Education in Manukau :
A Tomorrow’s Manukau: Manukau Apopo Project

Forum calls for co-ordinated approach to building school-business relationships

A more co-ordinated approach to school-business relationship development from the new Auckland Council was called for from a forum held recently in Manukau.


Responding to "Auckland Unleashed"

We have sent Council a clear message about the need for an Auckland Education Plan with four concise goals.

Click here to read our discussion paper.


Draft Statement of Intent

The COMET Draft Statement of Intent is now under consultation. Council provides feedback on the Statement of Intent in April. Further feedback from other stakeholders may be provided to trustees at their May meeting. This is an open meeting. The completed Statement of Intent will be adopted in June.

The trustee meeting takes place on May 19, 4:30 6pm at Q Block, Manukau Institute of Technology, Newbury Street, East Tamaki.

COMET Chair Retires

Bill Gavin, Chair of COMET has completed his term of service.

We acknowledge Bill’s long service to COMET and his leadership, and thank him for his support and commitment.Bill Gavin, Chair of COMET has completed his term of service.

Manukau Family Literacy Programme (MFLP) The Manukau Family Literacy Programme (MFLP) is a unique, effective intergenerational literacy programme that provides both parent and child with real learning benefits and tangible outcomes. Working alongside both teachers and their children, parents are able to not only affect their child's learning, but simultaneously improve their own education.

Todd Foundation backs COMET

The Todd Foundation has granted $85,000 for COMET's newly formed Centre for Family Learning.

COMET is thrilled to accept the grant from the Todd Foundation , the first instalment of a five year partnership. The money will be used for development work and project delivery within the Centre for Family Learning. COMET is one of four organisations the Todd Foundation is supporting this year with a shared common theme of "Families Love to Learn".


"Having access and opportunity to utilise first-class technology will allow our children to be best prepared for learning in the 21st  Century" - Bernardine Vester, COMET CEO