History and Purpose
Puawananga-Wairarapa Young Parents, formerly The Wairarapa Teen Parent Unit, on the Mākoura College premises, was established in 2002. It is for young parents or pregnant teenagers who have had their education interrupted by parenthood. It is a chance to reach their educational goals whilst entering parenthood.
The aim of the Wairarapa Teen Parent Unit is to enable young parents to continue their education.
Puawananga is open from 9am -3pm during college terms
It is based on the grounds of Mākoura College
The Mākoura Early Learning Centre is next door and has spaces for Puawananga children
Puawananga incorporates a supportive environment for both academic and social growth
Course and childcare costs are usually funded through WINZ
Full support is given to the parent and child