Te Arapiki Ako
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Te Puni Kōkiri

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Last updated 13 September 2013 15:05 by NZTecAdmin

Te Puni Kōkiri is the Crown’s principal adviser on Crown-Māori relationships. We also guide Māori public policy by advising Government on policy affecting Māori wellbeing and development. Te Puni Kōkiri means a group moving forward together. As the name implies, we seek to harness the collective talents of Māori to produce a stronger New Zealand.

Literacy and numeracy are critical skills for New Zealand if we are to have a productive and highly skilled workforce. Because of the Māori population’s youthful age structure, Māori will make up a greater proportion of New Zealand’s workforce in the future. Lifting literacy and numeracy attainment rates amongst working-age Māori (between 16 and 65 years) is therefore a very important objective for New Zealand’s productivity and economic growth. Te Puni Kōkiri is currently supporting a range of initiatives that seek to meet this objective, including: whānau literacy programmes; and workplace learning via cadetships.


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