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The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BAY­LEY MOOR

In­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion in North­land could de­liver up to $30 mil­lion a year to the econ­omy, with the launch of a new strat­egy in Pai­hia.

The Tai Tok­erau North­land In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Strat­egy 2017-2027 lead by North­land Inc in­cludes spe­cific tar­gets in­clud­ing grow­ing in­ter­na­tional pri­mary and sec­ondary stu­dent num­bers to 600 per year and boost­ing ter- tiary stu­dent en­rol­ments to 900 per year.

This could see up to $30 mil­lion a year in­vested into North­land, ac­cord­ing to the strat­egy. The strat­egy, launched on Au­gust 11, aims to build on the work of ed­u­ca­tion providers al­ready at­tract­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to North­land, in­clud­ing NorthTec.

North­land Inc’s new board chair­per­son Kar­leen Everitt, from Pai­hia, says the strat­egy is just the begin­ning.

‘‘Ed­u­ca­tion has an im­pact on their [the stu­dents’ lives], to be part of that is re­ally hum­bling,’’ Everitt says.

‘‘To­day our or­gan­i­sa­tions come to­gether, this is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity and we have set a course for how we may work with one an­other and how we look across the shore and say nau mai, haere mai.’’

Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Skills and Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ter Paul Gold- smith says there is po­ten­tial for in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion to bring a range of ben­e­fits to North­land.

‘‘Many in­ter­na­tional stu­dents value the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence tikanga Maori and te reo in an authen­tic set­ting,’’ Gold­smith says.

‘‘Lots of peo­ple can get an ed­u­ca­tion around the world, but you can’t do it while bungy jump­ing off a bridge, fish­ing off the rocks, or rac­ing up Ninety Mile Beach - it’s these life­style ex­pe­ri­ences that make New Zealand spe­cial.’’

NorthTec stu­dent Si­mon Shen spoke about how North­land is a great place to shape a per­son’s char­ac­ter, while Kerik­eri High School stu­dent Caleb said he has made life­long friends from all over the world from vis­it­ing in­ter­na­tional sec­ondary school stu­dents. Ed­u­ca­tion New Zealand pro­vided fund­ing for the de­vel­op­ment of the strat­egy through the Re­gional Part­ner­ship Pro­gramme.

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