New director eyes tertiary targets for Maori students
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.