The InZone Education Foundation is a New Zealand registered charitable trust that aims to inspire and support Māori and Pasifika youth to take their place in the cultural, economic and civic leadership of Aotearoa New Zealand.
We do this by providing kāinga (hostels) which are “InZone” for high performing schools and we partner with the schools to ensure students achieve top educational outcomes. Our kāinga enable our students to live and learn in a supportive whānau environment with a Māori and Christian kaupapa. In this environment, we aim to support, inspire and empower our rangatahi to achieve to their full potential.
From the outset InZone recognised that educational success is not just about the school a student attends, but also about the environment in which he/she lives, the support they receive and the values that are embedded in that care.
“Me Rangatira te tu – Carry yourself like a Rangatira” is the whakatauki and behavioural mantra that drives our culture. To support that whakatauki, our key focus is providing students with a level of care and support for their learning that would a high functioning family/whānauwould provide.
Key to the success of this model is the fact that the students live full time at the hostel. They are immersed in a whanau environment that actively promotes our values – Kotahitanga (unity, solidarity, common purpose), Kia Tika, Kia Pono (Respect, integrity, fairness), Manakitanga (generosity, aroha, loyalty) and emphasises Kia Māia – the responsibility to strive for excellence.