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The signing of a formal agreement between NorthTec and Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust, at a partnership ceremony held at Te Puna o Te Mātauranga marae, cements the existing relationship between the two organisations.
A relationship agreement was signed by Wayne Jackson, NorthTec Chair, and Georgina Connelly, Deputy Chair of Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust.
It commits both to a continued partnership, with a Memorandum of Understanding being prepared to provide details of the collaborative approach to tertiary education and training.
The signing was witnessed by Mark Ewen, NorthTec Chief Executive, and Deborah Harding, Chief Executive of the Settlement Trust.
During the ceremony, Wayne Jackson said that Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust’s intent, to work for self-reliance for hapū members, is a good fit for NorthTec’s vision of providing better lives through education in Tai Tokerau. He said: “We look forward to a continuing relationship that will help us transform the region.”
Georgina Connelly said: “We already have relationships in different areas; this is just gelling together what we already do together quite well.”
Mark Ewen said that the excellent collaborative work being done by the trust and staff at NorthTec’s Dargaville learning centre was a great template for other parts of the region.
The ceremony was attended by NorthTec Council members and Senior Leadership Team representatives, and trustees and senior managers from Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust.
The partnership is committed to providing qualifications and programmes relevant to employment and iwi economic development and wellbeing; to enhance the education and training requirements of Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust and their community; and to work together to provide quality training and educational pathways.
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