An Auckland mission says its initiative which allows Maori and Pasifika teenage students to live in a hostel it owns so they can attend one of the country's top secondary schools, is working well.
The United Maori Mission is in the second year of delivering the concept called the In Zone Project.
About 50 students who have been accepted, attend Auckland Grammar School in Mount Eden.
Director Terrance Wallace, who was raised in Chicago, came up with the idea during a flight from New Zealand to America in 2010.
He says at that time the organisation didn't have a vision, so the idea must have came from God.
Mr Wallace says following his appointment as director, he prayed as a man of faith, about how he could help the Maori mission.
He says he organises hui in rural communities in order to interview and then select the students.
Sponsorship allows their living costs to be subsidised and their parents pay for school fees.