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Iwi input needed for Tokoroa trades training centre

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Backers of a new South Waikato Trades Training Centre are keen to engage with local iwi Raukawa and the Pacific Islands community as they move to fast track development.

The South Waikato Investment Fund Trust's Bruce Sherman says a $10.8 million government grant announced in August means the trust has been able to appoint professional services firms to undertake the next phases of design and engineering for the $14 million centre, which will offer courses from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

He says a key measure of success will be to create a place where young Māori and Pasifika culturally acknowledged and supported as study.

The 3500 square metre centre at the southern entrance to the town will include classrooms, workshops and staff spaces as well as a commercial kitchen, cafe and barber shop.

It will also have space for a digital and entrepreneurial hub address the deep digital divide and assist young people into their own businesses.

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