December 05, 2013
Anglicans step up to plate at Te Aute
The Anglican Church has been drawn in to long running attempts to ensure the survival of Te Aute College.
The historic Hawkes Bay Maori boys boarding school has struggled financially for years because the lands set aside for its upkeep were siphoned off by the Crown into Glasgow leases paying peppercorn rentals.
Now the trustees of the St John’s College Trust Board have been appointed as trustees of the school and sister college Hukarere.
Outgoing chair Robin Hapi says the arrangement is for three years, and the mana whenua hapu Ngai Te Whatu-i-apiti will continue to be represented.
Archbishop Brown Turei, Te Pihopa o Aotearoa, says the schools have a fine heritage and tradition in forming the leaders of Maoridom.
He says recent years have been difficult because finances have not been secure, but it is time for the whole church to come in aid of the schools.
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