Young Aranui leaders recognised
03 November 2011
Aranui High School pupils involved in the University of Canterbury's American New Zealand Association (ANZA)-funded after school homework support and outreach programme received recognition for their efforts this week.
Aranui High School pupils involved in the University of Canterbury’s American New Zealand Association (ANZA)-funded after school homework support and outreach programme received recognition for their efforts this week.
Thirty-three Year 11, 12 and 13 pupils received certificates at a special school assembly from UC Deputy Vice–Chancellor Professor Ian Town and Labour Party leader Phil Goff in recognition of their completion of the Te Ru Tauira after school homework support and Māori leadership programme.
Te Ru Tauira was launched in August and was one of several such programmes being sponsored as part of ANZA’s Canterbury Outreach Project.
ANZA was formed as a USA tax deductible entity in 2010 with a primary focus on funding for education between NZ and USA. The association agreed to provide funding to support outreach and liaison activities that prepare and encourage students from low-decile schools, Maori and Pacific students to study at the University of Canterbury.
Te Ru Tauira provides a two-hour programme of activities one day per week. Students spend the first hour on homework study with help from UC tutors. The second hour is spent touring the University’s facilities and attending guest lectures.
Aranui High School principal John Rohs thanked the University for all it had done for the school and its pupils this year.
“We would also like to thank [Project leader and University of Canterbury Māori Development Officer] Hemi Inia for all the work he has done in making this programme work for us.”
Professor Town told those at the assembly that the University was proud of the relationship it had established with Aranui High School and the wider Aranui community and hoped that, over the coming years, that relationship would develop further.
He said Te Ru Tauira will continue next year “and I hope the University will be a welcoming place when you come to join us in the years to come”.
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