Whangārei and Kaitāia people will have a chance to directly feed into the Government's review of NCEA later this month.

John Paitai, principal of Bay of Islands College, is hosting the public workshops and is encouraging parents, students, local business owners and community groups to come down and have their say.

"I want my grandchildren's education to be about igniting a flame for learning and not merely filling an empty vessel," Paitai said.

The interactive, café-style workshop is open to everyone and is part of a series happening right across the country.

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They are designed to give all Kiwis the chance to share their ideas and experiences of NCEA - the challenges, the successes and what we can do better in the future.

There are other ways to get involved, Northland locals can provide feedback online or on paper, at workshops or hui, or through social media.

The NCEA Review is part of the national conversation on the future of education in New Zealand.

More information about the NCEA review, the Big Opportunities and ways to participate can be found at conversation.education.govt.nz/ncea.

Whangārei event: June 25, from 5.30pm - 8.30pm and Whangārei Girls' High, Lupton Ave.
Kaitāia event: June 26, from 5.30pm - 8.30pm, Kaitāia College, Redan Rd.
Book at conversation.education.govt.nz/events