for students to 'break down barriers' to achievement
Two Wellington polytechnics are backing an iwi and Pasifika-led approach to support services in an effort to break down barriers and keep more students in higher education.
And the National Māori Tertiary Students’ Association is calling on institutions across the country to offer more iwi-led support to students as the Covid-19 pandemic has heightened existing disparities.
Whitireia and WelTec will boost staffing numbers to deliver new and expanded pastoral care programmes for Māori and Pacific students.
Six new staff will be employed in total, with four being reallocated. Ngāti Toa will lead the new programme at Whitireia, while the current Tamaiti Whāngai programme at WelTec, led by Te Āti Awa, will be expanded. Pacific leaders will be leading support for Pacific students, too.