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Friday’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between NorthTec and Te Rūnanga o Ngati Hine launched the start of a new educational partnership.
Rūnanga Tumuhere (Chair,) Waihoroi Shortland, and Julian Rewiti signed on behalf of Ngati Hine, while NorthTec signatories were Council Chair, Vern Dark, and Chief Executive, Paul Binney. The event took place at the NorthTec marae, Te Puna o Te Matauranga.
Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, known as Te Kimihanga - to search and discover the highest levels of education - NorthTec and Ngati Hine will work together to deliver tertiary education tailored to the needs of Ngati Hine and the local economy.
There will be a focus on training for Northland’s primary industries, including farming, forestry and environmental management.
Paul Binney said that NorthTec and Ngati Hine already had a history of working together. The Memorandum of Understanding would make both parties “press a bit harder on the accelerator.”
He said: “For Northland to thrive, Ngati Hine needs to thrive. If Ngati Hine does not thrive, then Northland will not thrive. We need to make sure we kick on from this today. There is greater work to come in the future.”
Waihoroi Shortland said that in signing a formal agreement, Ngati Hine was committing itself to upholding its part of the bargain and working with NorthTec for the benefit of its people. While there was a strong focus on training and educating young people, acquiring knowledge was also a lifelong commitment: “Ngati Hine from cradle to the grave is a whole learning experience.”
To mark the occasion, Ngati Hine was presented with a carved pou from NorthTec.
An action plan is being developed which will set out the details of how the two parties will work together, with NorthTec as the educational partner.
The programmes developed will form part of the Ngati Hine vision for the future; for example educating and upskilling Ngati Hine in the primary industries, forestry, environmental management, Te Reo and Māori arts.
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