BERL was engaged by Te Tauihu o Ngā Wānanga to measure the contribution the Wānanga sector makes to the New Zealand economy, including economic and social well-being.
The picture is one of opportunity for the Wānanga sector to be pivotal in shaping the development of regions around New Zealand. The objectives of Wānanga differ from other tertiary institutions. Wānanga adherence to tikanga, te reo and ahuatanga Māori means that they have an interest in development Māori communities, iwi and hapū. This encompasses a broader educational goal for whole communities rather than for individuals.
In addition, the demographics clearly indicate that many regions will be reliant on Māori for population and economic growth.