Investment in Māori education outcomes
The core Māori education package in 2023 comes to $225 million. This funding will benefit with ākonga, kaiako and kura across the country.
The funding will be used to invest in learning support, improve, and build kura, kōhanga reo and puna reo, and strengthen key partnerships with iwi groups.
$40 million for Learning Support Coordination
Budget 2023 provides $40 million for Learning Support Coordination in kaupapa Māori and Māori medium education schooling.
What is this money for?
This funding will support the development of a new learning support coordination function in Kaupapa Māori and Māori Medium Education settings. Importantly it will provide resourcing for Māori-led design and delivery of solutions for those ākonga with learning support needs.
Who decides exactly where the money goes?
The actual outputs purchased with this funding will be determined by the funded iwi and Māori Education peak bodies.
How many students benefit from this funding?
This funding is expected to benefit approximately 25,000 ākonga Māori who are learning in 325 schools and kura providing Kaupapa Māori and Māori medium education (levels 1 & 2).
$134.38 million funding for infrastructure growth and maintenance needs in the Kaupapa Māori and Māori Medium network
This money will fund remediation projects, site acquisitions, and provision of roll growth classrooms for Kaupapa Māori and Māori Medium Education (MME) education settings. Maintenance funding is also provided to Kōhanga Reo and Puna Reo early childhood centres.
Why is this funding needed?
This investment is needed to meet the Government objective of 30 percent of ākonga Māori learning in Kaupapa Māori Education and MME environments by 2040.
How will the funding be used?
This funding will be used for land acquisitions, redevelopment projects and the provision of roll growth classrooms. It also seeks to continue support for ECE’s managed by Kōhanga Reo and Puna Reo by providing maintenance funding to be used on their facilities.
$10 million for work with up to 57 additional iwi on the development of critical local histories
Almost $10 million has been allocated for work with up to 57 additional iwi on the development of critical local histories, as part of Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum.
Why is this funding important?
Bringing local histories and stories to life, with Iwi involvement, engages young learners and makes the curriculum more accessible and culturally inclusive, leading to better educational outcomes.
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