Toloa Kenese

What is the Toloa Kenese?

Piloted in Wellington in 2015-16, the purpose was to raise awareness and increase uptake of STEM subjects to Pacific students at Secondary Schools.

In 2016-17 this $10,000 programme was rebranded Toloa Kenese. Working with 7 schools, MPP partnered with ‘MindLab by Unitec’ in Wellington to deliver seven interactive half-day workshops for nearly 200 Young Pasifika students.

What happens at the Toloa Kenese?

The Interactive STEM Workshops used digital technologies or science / technology based practises including robotics, electronics, animation, coding, augmented reality and 3D printing.

The interactive STEM workshop provided an ‘out of school’ platform to encourage Yr7-10 Pacific students to participate in interactive hands-on STEM activities, and exposed students to an area of knowledge that they may not normally have access to through school or community.

Schools involved in the 2016-17 STEM Workshop Pilot were:

              Date                        School                                                  Attendance

1            20-Feb                   Evans Bay Intermediate School      30

2            3-Mar                    Wellington East Girls College          27

3            7-Mar                    Tawa College                                     23

4            13-Mar                  Wainuiomata School                       24

5            24-Mar                  Naenae College                                30

6            28-Mar                   Brandon Intermediate                   31

7            31-Mar                   Porirua College                               25

In 2017-18, the Toloa Kenese will:

o  Deliver Phase 2 in Wellington

o  Launch in Auckland and Christchurch

o  Partner with STEM Pasifika champions to present during STEM activities

o  Run the Parents Programme to support the students study and career pathways

o  Consider Partner with companies like MindLab in Auckland and Christchurch

More Information

The Ministry is seeking STEM partners to maintain a sustainable Toloa Kenese programme.