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Creating better lives for the people of Te Tai Tokerau through education, sport and wellbeing is the strategic aim of a Statement of Shared Objectives (SOSO) agreement between NorthTec Tai Tokerau Wananga and Sport Northland.
Developing new local learners of sport and recreation and health and wellbeing, while improving quality employment opportunities within Northland’s sporting industry, are also key objectives of the two organisations.
The collaborative document was signed at Sport Northland’s ASB Northland Sports House by Phil Alexander-Crawford, Director of Development at North Tec and Brent Eastwood, Chief Executive of Sport Northland.
The agreement focuses on opportunities for NorthTec Tai Tokerau Wananga and Sport Northland to work collaboratively with the benefit of shared resources and common goals for health and wellbeing in Northland.
Phil Alexander-Crawford said: “We are all stakeholders in developing our region and helping our people achieve better lives through education. This is another key relationship that NorthTec Tai Tokerau Wananga values, and today’s signing formalises our commitment to work together to support each other’s shared objectives for the wellbeing of our students, graduates, industry, Treaty partners and the Te Tai Tokerau region as a whole.”
Brent Eastwood said that the agreement further cemented the relationship between the two organisations, with a particular focus on the future sustainability of the NorthTec Sport and Recreation course.
“While it is hugely important for the sport and recreation sector in Northland to have a future workforce that is trained and skilled, it is obviously even more beneficial to have Northlanders studying and gaining practical experience in the sector right here in their own backyard – that way we are more likely to keep them here working in the sector that they love,” he said.
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