July 17, 2013
Parata delivers education plan in secret
Education Minister Hekia Parata has big plans for Māori education but she doesn’t want the media to know about them.
Ms Parata spoke this morning to a hui in Auckland hosted by iwi education advocacy group Ngā Kaikokiri Mātauranga.
But spotting Māori media representatives present, she said she thought she was there for a private chat, and asked that they be excluded.
Session facilitator Wayne Ngata, who is the Education Ministry’s group manager for te reo Māori schooling, enforced the edict, despite hui organisers telling media they were welcome to attend the hui to report.
So what Ms Parata had to say on the relevance of national standards to Māori achievement, or what questions some of the country’s leading Māori educators had to ask her, was kept in secret.
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