Lifting education and employment
Improving education outcomes for Pacific students is crucial to their future success in life.
The Wellbeing Budget provides $27.4 million over four years to ensure Pacific students and their families have the skills, knowledge and equitable opportunities to pursue any education pathway. This will include investing in Pacific PowerUP, an education programme that actively supports Pacific parents, families and communities to champion their children's learning.
Associate Education Minister Jenny Salesa says a whole-of-system approach is needed.
"This investment delivers a broad range of initiatives aimed at lifting and sustaining achievement for all Pacific students, their families and communities."
Budget 2019 will also provide $14.5 million to the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to grow opportunities for young people. This funding will expand collaboration with Pacific providers in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to support up to 2,220 Pacific young people who are on a benefit into employment, education or training.