New di­rec­tor eyes ter­tiary tar­gets for Maori stu­dents

Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT - PAULA HULBURT

Boost­ing ter­tiary achieve­ments for Ma¯ori stu­dents is a top pri­or­ity for a new ed­u­ca­tion boss.

An­drew Luke has been ap­pointed as Di­rec­tor of Ma¯ori Ed­u­ca­tion/Tumu Ma¯tau­ranga at Nel­son Marl­bor­ough In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (NMIT).

Born near Spring Creek north of Blen­heim, the move will see him re­turn to the top of the South Is­land after 15 years away from the re­gion.

Luke, more com­monly known as Anaru, says he is de­ter­mined to strengthen iwi con­nec­tions with the in­sti­tute. He will be based at the Nel­son cam­pus.

He says his role with the Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment and the De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion in Welling­ton has seen him working with iwi around the coun­try.

The fa­ther of two, who calls Nga¯ti Ra¯rua his iwi, has con­nec­tions with many of the Te Tau ihu iwi and wants to strengthen

‘‘Iwi across the top of the south want to get in­volved with NMIT but are per­haps not sure of the best way to do that’’

ties be­tween them and NMIT.

‘‘It’s good to be back in the top of the south and with the op­por­tu­nity to work with strength­en­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween iwi and NMIT.

‘‘The iwi space is dif­fer­ent now in the post-set­tle­ment en­vi­ron­ment. Iwi across the top of the south want to get in­volved with NMIT but are per­haps not sure of the best way to do that.’’

‘‘Al­though Ma¯ori achieve­ment rates in­creased in 2017 we have work to do to fur­ther im­prove out­comes to be in line with those of non-Ma¯ori learn­ers,’’ he says.

Ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy are also high on Luke’s radar with part of his new role ded­i­cated to en­sur­ing the in­sti­tute is ready to em­brace the fu­ture.

He is also part­way through un­der­tak­ing a Mas­ters in Ap­plied Prac­tice – Tech­no­log­i­cal Fu­tures – at Tech Fu­tures Lab in Auck­land.

‘‘We have to look at what’s go­ing to be needed in the next five years or so with the rapid in­crease in au­to­ma­tion and AI,’’

‘‘There’s lots to do, but it’s an ex­cit­ing time working with iwi and hapu¯ and be­ing back in the com­mu­nity in the top of the south,’’ he says.

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