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Source: Auckland Council

Manurewa Local Board wants to support older residents keen to continue to learn.

The board’s Lifelong Learning Fund offers funding of up to $2000 to those 55 and over living in the area who want to continue to learn in 2021.

Funding can be used to participate in a local study programme, course, training, or wānanga. New Zealand conferences and events can also be considered.

“Where is it written that just because you get a bit older you stop having the capacity to learn new things and acquire new skills?” board chair Joseph Allan says.

“We are committed to helping shape an age-friendly city and our Lifelong Learning Fund supports active participation in the community for older people.”

Earlier this year, 14 residents received grants totalling just short of $20,000, enabling study in areas as diverse as computers and information technology, religious studies, conversational te reo, korowai-making and pastoral counselling.

The board uses local organisation Urban Neighbours of Hope to promote the fund through senior networks, support individuals to complete applications, and to co-ordinate information for the assessment panel.

You can get a form from the board office or Manurewa Library at 7 Hill Road, or contact Denise Tims at or on 021 0817 7764.

Email the completed form back, take it to the board office, or post it to PO Box 75-218 Manurewa, Auckland 2243.