NEWS One stop ed­u­ca­tion shop un­der way

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TARRANT

Bring­ing Wa­iariki In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and Te Wananga o Aotearoa un­der one roof is a step to­wards a one stop ed­u­ca­tion shop in Toko­roa.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa and Wa­iariki In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy have signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing which will see the ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion providers work more col­lab­o­ra­tively in Toko­roa.

From the first se­mes­ter of 2014 both ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions will of­fer cour­ses from the Ash­worth Street site in Toko­roa, cur­rently home to Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Te Wananga O Aotearoa Tainui re­gional man­ager Brad To­torewa said the de­vel­op­ment had been in the pipe­line for two years.

At the sign­ing cer­e­mony on Novem­ber 29 he said he hoped the merge would pro­vide young peo­ple with a clearer path­way into ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

Mr To­torewa said it will be more than a land­lord, ten­ant re­la­tion­ship.

‘‘Both or­gan­i­sa­tions agree this isn’t about be­ing com­pet­i­tive. This is about work­ing to­gether for the bet­ter­ment of the com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

Wa­iariki In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy re­gional de­vel­op­ment man­ager for Toko­roa/Taupo dis­trict Ma­ree Ken­drick said she recog­nised the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion lo­cally.

‘‘ We are look­ing for­ward to launch­ing a new jour­ney and putting a stake in the ground for the Toko­roa Ter­tiary Learn­ing Cen­tre in the heart of the com­mu­nity.’’

The lo­ca­tion was blessed with a new name Te Patahi ki Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere – Toko­roa Ter­tiary Learn­ing Cen­tre.

Signed and sealed: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Tainui re­gional man­ager Brad To­torewa and Wa­iariki In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy re­gional de­vel­op­ment man­ager Ma­ree Ken­drick shake on the deal be­tween the two ed­u­ca­tion providers. Photo: SUP­PLIED

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