April 08, 2013
Schools look to Hawaiian help
A Hawaii connection has emerged in plans to reopen Auckland’s Māori Anglican Boarding Schools.
Past pupils from St Stephens and Queen Victoria met at the weekend to discuss the future of the sites at Parnell, which is leased out, and Bombay, which has been vacant since Hato Tipene closed more than a decade ago.
Hui organiser Joe Harawira says now the trust that owns the properties has cleared their debts, the church wants them open again.
He says a range of options are being considered, but he’d like to revive a link with Hawaii’s Kamehameha Schools that saw students being exchanged through the 1990s.
“Kamehameha has one of the biggest infrastructures in the world in terms of secondary education and we would like to re-establish those links and see how they may be able to support us. Once we get up and running we may be able to return that support,” he says.
Joe Harawira says the feasibility working group will report back on the options in October.
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