He Whakatauākī

E kore e taea e te whenu kotahi

ki te raranga i te whāriki

kia mōhio tātou kiā tātou.

Mā te mahi tahi ō ngā whenu,

mā te mahi tahi ō ngā kairaranga,

ka oti tēnei whāriki.

I te otinga

me titiro tātou ki ngā mea pai ka puta mai.

Ā tana wā,

me titiro hoki

ki ngā raranga i makere

nā te mea, he kōrero ano kei reira.

The tapestry of understanding

can not be woven 

by one strand alone. 

Only by the working together of strands 

and the working together of weavers 

will such a tapestry be completed. 

With its completion 

let us look at the good that comes from it.

And, in time 

we should also look 

at those stitches which have been dropped, 

because they also have a message. 

 Kūkupa Tirikatene 

Our Values

Whanaungatanga: At COMET we build relationships, collaborate and partner. 

ManaakitangaAt COMET we care, respect & embrace the diversity and mana of our team and our communities. 

Mana MotuhakeAt COMET we affirm and work towards all people having control of their future through learning.

Annual Report and Statement of Intent 2020/21 to 2022/23

Our Amohau

Our Amohau were chosen for their deep knowledge of tikanga, history, and te reo. They support us to challenge that the mana of the whānau, hapū, and iwi are maintained, and that our work is effective for Māori learners.

Tame Te Rangi

(Ngāti Whātua / Ngāpuhi)

Rereata ‘Ral’ Makiha

(Te Mahurehure, Te Arawa)

Our Trustees

Strong governance is vital to any organisation. The COMET Auckland - Te Hononga Akoranga board unites a diverse talent from the sectors of education, finance, business and community development.

Our Team

Our mission is driving systems change to make education and skills more effective and equitable.

Our vision is tino rangatiratanga for everyone, through lifelong learning.

Susan Warren

Chief Executive

Linda Hu

Director of Finance

Annie Gao

Financial Accountant

Shaheeda Zaitoon

Office Administrator

Will Flavell

Education Māori Manager

Dr Rajshree Krishnan

Senior Data Analyst

Rebecca Toms

Communications & Fundraising Manager

Polina Howe

Digital Content Producer

Shirley Johnson

Youth Employability Director 

Ying Yang

STEM Project Manager

Jonathan Longstaff

Project Support – STEM / Youth Employability

Jilly Tyler

Talking Matters Director

Madeleine Sheahan

Talking Matters Operations Director

Dr Anabel Fernandez

 Talking Matters Innovation Lead

Tampy Bernard

Talking Matters Community Activator

Hana Tuwhare

Talking Matters Community Activator

Anthony-Quinn Cowley

Community Activator - Te Whakatōhea

Joanna Holden

Talking Matters Community Activator

Anushka Michelle Aranha

Talking Matters Administrator

Waka Project

Our History

Our former organisation, the City of Manukau Education Trust was born out of the commitment of the Mayor and Councillors to better education provision in Manukau City, and was formally established as a Charitable Trust in October 1999. We resettled in 2012 with an Auckland-wide remit.

Under the provisions of the Local Government Act 2002, COMET became a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO), which means that Council appoints our Board of Trustees and contracts with us for some of our work.