The establishment of the Toki Pounamu Education Trust is associated with a wider, comprehensive renewal programme for the West Coast, known as the West Coast Transformation Programme, and also an education initiative, known as the Toki Pounamu Programme, which involves schools and the community of the West Coast and the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

"Toki Pounamu" is the 'Sharp Edge of Learning", being "Toki" (Maori Adze) symbolising authority, strength and triumph over adversity. The overall aim of the Toki Pounamu Education Trust is to develop the capacity of children and families in the West Coast community through the advancement of learning.

In particular, it is intended that the Toki Pounamu Education Trust will be involved in promoting, implementing and developing, in conjunction with various other stakeholders, learning infrastructure and programmes to be delivered on the West Coast, and will give children, families and teachers in the West Coast community the opportunity to access appropriate learning tools so that they can benefit from such infrastructure and programmes, both at school and at home.

In 2018, 15 schools are part of the Toki Pounamu schools cluster supported by the Manaiakalani Outreach Programme and the Manaiakalani Education Trust, 11 schools in the Greymouth area hub, and 4 schools in the Hokitika area hub. The Hokitika hub of schools is participating in a further funded 3 year programme from 2018 to 2020, enabling schools and teachers to access intensive in-class and after school professional development and support to shift to future-focused teaching practices.

Read the "Manaiakalani Outreach Programme and Manaiakalani Pedagogy Project Milestone 3 Report - November 2017" for research into the impact of the Toki Pounamu programme. Click the links below to explore the work of Toki Pounamu further: