New premises and Education Service Hub in the mid north

Te Wae o te Wheke is a new Education Service Hub at Northland College in Kaikohe. It marks a collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) and Northland College. The opening of the Service Hub coincided with a new Ministry office opening in Kerikeri.

Te Wae o te Wheke, is the name of the new Education Service Hub, opened on Wednesday by Ngapuhi kaumatua and kuia at Northland College in Kaikohe.

Te Wae o te Wheke is a collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) and Northland College. It builds on relationships already established to support the te hau kainga of Kaikohekohe and is a key service arm to support tamariki, whanau and the wider community.

The new home for the Service Hub in Kaikohe will provide a base for (RTLB) Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour staff, as well as Ministry staff when they are in the area needing to work with students, schools or whanau.

Te Tai Tokerau director of education Hira Gage, says it was an honour to attend a recent blessing ceremony to introduce the Service Hub and acknowledge kaumatua and kuia who have high expectations for our tamariki mokopuna.

“The new Service Hub aligns with other developments in the mid north area which are all focused on providing better educational outcomes for our young people,” she says.

Northland College principal Jim Luders and Rob McDonald, RTLB Manager both say they are delighted to work with the Ministry to lend further support to tamariki in the area and mahi that is already occurring in the community.

With the addition of a new Ministry office now open at 9 Hobson Avenue, Kerikeri, the mid Northland area has an even stronger education presence.

Kaumatua and kuia of Ngati Rehia opened the Kerikeri building yesterday, along with students from Kerikeri High School, roopu tautoko. The opening has paved the way for Ministry staff to move into Kerikeri.

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