What is Eastbay REAP?

He aha te āhuatanga o Eastbay REAP?


Eastbay REAP (Rural Education Activities Programme) is an education-focused community and social development organisation established in 1981 by the Ministry of Education.

We respond to the needs of the community across the early childhood, school, adult and community education sectors.  We serve the eastern Bay of Plenty region from Ruatāhuna to Matata and eastward to Cape Runaway.

Eastbay REAP is also an NZQA-registered Private Training Establishment (PTE) and we offer a variety of courses, tailor-made to meet the needs of learners.

There are 13 REAPs supporting community learning in rural Aotearoa - New Zealand. REAPs are mainly funded through central government contracts from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development and the Tertiary Education Commission.

We are passionate about strengthening and growing communities through education. We are committed to the principles of kāwanatanga, manaakitanga and rangatiratanga (governance, hospitality and integrity).  Collaboration, equity and environmental responsibility underpin our practices.

Eastbay REAP hauhake — Māori caucus

Hauhake translates as ‘to reap’ or ‘to harvest’. It is the name given to REAP’s Māori caucus, which is made up of Māori staff and board members. The Māori caucus has a responsibility to ensure Māori are well served, and that our organisation is responsive to meeting the needs of Māori.

Hauhake members from New Zealand’s thirteen REAPs meet at least annually to share best practice.  Hauhake members are also represented on the REAPANZ national executive and so provide and receive guidance at a national level.