21 Nov 2013

Ngai Tahu invests $900,000 in extra school tuition

7:13 am on 21 November 2013

Te Waipounamu iwi Ngai Tahu has invested $900,000 into extra tuition for its school children.

The out-of-school tuition programme funds private lessons for most school aged students for a term, at places such as Kip McGrath and Number Works.

More than 1600 students have gone through the scheme since it started in 2000 - at a cost of about $900,000 to the runanga.

Its spokesperson Andrew Scott says the programme is becoming more popular, with 380 students taking part last year alone.

He says a lot of whanau are reporting increased confidence and better problem-solving skills for their tamariki, which he says improves their overall well-being in the future.

Mr Scott says the iwi is looking at ways to expand the programme, such as marae based tuition.