The objective of WestREAP (Westland Rural Education Activities Programme Incorporated Society) is to identify gaps in the provision of education for rural communities for all ages, and developing strategies to fill the gaps, either through REAP programmes or in collaboration.
WestREAP has been operating for over 35 years providing educational pathways to local communities across the Westland and Grey districts (from Jackson Bay in the south, to Punakaiki in the north and east to Otira).
WestREAP supports early childhood, schools, tertiary, and adult community education and transitions between these levels. The particular focus is on gaps resulting from rural isolation, whether this is isolation of the WestREAP area from metropolitan and urban services, isolation of its small communities spread over long distances from regional service centres of Greymouth and Hokitika, or isolation related to age, disability, ethnicity, language or other factors. WestREAP promotes community development, integrating education and provision of information with activities in other sectors including health, social services, community organisations, Poutini Ngāi Tahu hapū and rūnanga and local government. WestREAP can act as the independent initiator and facilitator of community change.
WestREAP’s main office is at 72 Tudor Street in Hokitika and a satellite office at the Blaketown Rugby Club rooms at 1 Collins Street in Blaketown.
WestREAP’s area extends from Punakaiki and Totara Flat in the Grey District, to Haast and Jackson Bay in the south of Westland District: a distance of 400 kilometres.
Structurally,WestREAP is governed by a Board of Trustees, and is led by the Chief Executive, supported by a team, including the Education Manager and Team Leaders who are responsible for needs analysis, networking and programme delivery.
Our key focus areas of delivery cover:
Early Childhood & Primary Education
Schools & Youth
Adult and Community Education (ACE)
WestREAP works with a wide variety of stakeholders to provide supplementary and complementary educational services. Our services add value to the educational opportunities that already exist within the region, and provide resources where there is a need.
WestREAP receives funding from the Ministry of Education and the Teritary Education Commission with additional funding from a range of other sources.
WestREAP’s main office base is REAP House in Hokitika with a satellite office at Blaketown in Greymouth.
WestREAP is an incorporated society.
To become a member please fill out a membership form.