Te Awa Kairangi Access (TAKA) Trust aims to address inequality by providing young people with access to recreation, arts, events, literacy (including digital) and other opportunities to enhance their learning and achievement.
Over time we’ll have a community where the kids are more engaged, active, healthy and striving towards brighter futures.
Find out more on TAKA Trust’s website.
TAKA Wifi project
Our current major focus is to ensure that all kids in the north eastern suburbs have access to digital devices and community WIFI to enhance their learning and achievement.
In 2018, thanks to Chorus, Network4Learning and the Ministry of Education, 124 children from Rata Street School get free wifi access to their school’s secure managed network. The scheme will be evaluated in 2019, with further roll-out to other schools in the north east suburbs planned subject to school and community readiness.
What TAKA trust has achieved so far
- More than 700 Magic Cards for children up to Year 9. Each Magic Card gives free entry to Council pools, free internet, issues and printing at HCC libraries.
- More than 4,000 tickets to Hurricanes, Wellington Lions and Phoenix games for children and their families to attend – in many cases, this is a first for them.
- Each week, free buses have taken groups on educational trips to Te Papa, Parliament, Westpac Stadium, and more – in many cases for the very first time.
- KPMG have provided free professional expertise to each school, manpower at working bees and Christmas presents. They also offer scholarships to Taita College students.
- Corporate partners have donated laptops and computers to the five schools.
- A private donor has provided hundreds of school bags, stationery items and drink bottles to the children that need them the most.
- RIDE Holidays have donated 44 bikes and helmets to Taita Central and Randwick Schools.
- Since 2018, a free concert by Orchestra Wellington at the Walter Nash Stadium, attended by more than 1000 people from the north eastern suburbs. This event is supported by Hutt Mana Trust.