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 33 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’s main office is at 72 Tudor Street in Hokitika with a satellite office at Tai Poutini Polytechnic in Greymouth.
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 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 Manager, supported by three Sector Coordinators who are responsible for needs analysis, networking and programme delivery.
There is a Sector Coordinator for each of these areas:
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’s main office base is REAP House in Hokitika with a satellite office in Greymouth.
WestREAP is an incorporated society.
To become a member please fill out a membership form.