Porirua East Future Schooling Needs

We are talking with schools and the community in Porirua East about future schooling needs and options in this area.

Why are you doing this now?

In November 2018, the Prime Minister announced a $1.5 billion investment in Eastern Porirua over the next 25 years.

Porirua regeneration means thousands of new homes – Beehive (external link)

The announcement included renewed and new state houses, and at least 2,000 affordable, KiwiBuild and market homes.

The work is being led by Porirua Development, which is part of Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, (previously HLC) in partnership with Porirua City Council and Ngāti Toa Rangatira.

Porirua Development website (external link)

This work gives us an exciting opportunity to look at the future education needs in Eastern Porirua alongside the community.

What are you doing right now?

Right now, we are engaging with the community to gather ideas about what is required and wanted for future schooling in Porirua East. So that future schooling in the area will meet this community’s needs and aspirations, it’s really important to hear the ideas and capture the views of students, parents and whānau, schools, iwi and the wider community.

No decisions have been taken about what should happen, so this is your chance to tell us what you think would work best for you and

We are:

  • contacting individual schools to confirm that we have the right information about their students and their school
  • engaging with the Kāhui Ako | Community of Learning (group of schools) in the area
  • using our appointed facilitators to work in the community and gather the ideas of schools, students, whānau and iwi
  • holding hui about the future of education in this area
  • sending out brochures to each address and school in Eastern Porirua with some feedback questions for everyone to fill out about education.

How can I be involved?

  • Answer a short 5 - 10 minute survey on your thoughts and ideas about education in Eastern Porirua by 1st November.
  • Email your thoughts or feedback to eastern.porirua@education.govt.nz by 1st November.
  • Call (04) 439 5056 or text Porirua Callback to 875 (20c charge applies) to be called back to share your feedback.
  • Text Porirua followed by your feedback to 875 (20c charge per 160 characters).
  • Attend a meeting to listen to discussion and give feedback. Meetings are being held:
    • 23rd October, Maraeroa Marae, 6.00-7.30pm
    • 24th October, Porirua College, 6.00-7.30pm
    • 29th October, Oasis Café, 6.00-7.30pm

Take the Eastern Porirua Future Education Needs survey — Surveymonkey (external link)

What happens next?

After 1 November 2019, we’ll look at the ideas and feedback that people have shared with us.

We’ll write this up into a document and share this with you. At the same time, we will be sharing these same ideas and feedback with the Minister of Education for his feedback.

It’s likely that after that we’ll come out with some ideas based on the information that you provided us to consult again.

What are you doing right now?

Right now, we are engaging with the community to gather ideas about what is needed and wanted for the future of schooling in Porirua East. So that future schooling in the area will meet this community’s needs and aspirations, it’s really important to hear the ideas and capture the views of students, parents and whānau, schools, iwi and the wider community.

No decisions have been taken about what should happen, so this is your chance to tell us what you think would work best for you and your community. This community engagement will continue for the rest of Term 3, until 27 September 2019.

We are:

  • contacting individual schools to confirm that we have the right information about their students and their school
  • engaging with the Kāhui Ako | Community of Learning (group of schools) in the area
  • appointing facilitators to work in the community and gather the ideas of schools, students, whānau and iwi
  • holding hui about the future of education in this area
  • attending community meetings to answer any questions about education.

How can I be involved?

  • contact the Ministry of Education directly, email eastern.porirua@education.govt.nz
  • let your local school’s board of trustees or principal know what your thoughts are
  • attend hui held by the Ministry or our facilitators. Details of meetings will be made available on this page where we will also post updates on this process.

What happens next?

We will gather all the feedback and ideas we have received, and summarise them in a report to the Minister of Education. If there are some clear options for change, we will ask the Minister if he wants us to formally consult with the community about these. 

If the Minister agrees, we will come back to the community to formally consult on specific proposals for the future of schooling. This would be another opportunity for your voice to be heard. After a formal consultation, we would then write another report to the Minister, summarising all the feedback and recommending a decision.

The Minister would consider all the information and make a decision or decisions about any changes.

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