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The Dannevirke - Tararua area now has its own dedicated School Attendance Officer

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, provides Attendance Services to schools from Tutira to Eketahuna under contract to the Ministry of Education.

On March 11, Mitchell Tiaiti was welcomed into the team of Attendance Officers at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga.

Mr Tiaiti has a Bachelor's degree in social work and is experienced in supporting young people with a wide range of issues in their lives.

A resident of dannevirke for the past 12 years, he will be based at Huia Range School and work alongside its social worker.

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga General Manager of social services and education Brett Harris says "Mr Tiaiti's experience and local knowledge will be a significant asset to the Attendance Service, which will be able to respond quickly to referrals lodged by schools.

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