An iwi has launched a new project to make sure children starting primary school have the right stationery on their first day.
Top of the South iwi Ngati Apa ki te Ra To has funded free education starter packs for their 5-year-olds, and gave away the first three on Wednesday.
Marlborough woman Emma-Jaye King said the initiative made the process of her son Lennox starting school much less stressful.
“I think it’s awesome. It’s a great way to encourage them in a new beginning.”
The education starter packs included a back pack, a book folder, school books, pens and pencils, but varied depending on the stationery list issued by the pupil’s school.
Iwi trustee and education committee member Margaret Bond said the packs were a great way to show the children their iwi supported them in their education.
“For some families, finding the money for the stationery and other resources their children are required to have can be difficult, so this is another way that the iwi can help all our kids feel proud about who they are and where they are from, and take away any worries about the expense.”
What a cool initiative. Hopefully it catches on.