December 02, 2014
Hato Petera needing help
New Zealand First wants the Government to step in to help Hato Petera College.
Deputy leader and education spokesperson Tracey Martin says if it was good enough for the National government to rescue the debt-laden private school Whanganui Collegiate, then it has a duty to save the Auckland Maori Catholic co-ed school.
The Education Review Office has asked the Ministry of Education to partner with the school board and proprietors to resolve issues around the safety of school buildings and the quality of accommodation.
It says relations between the school and the Catholic Diocese have been affected by a Treaty of Waitangi claim taken against the diocese by old boys of the school, relating to the historical Deed of Trust for the property surrounding the Northcote school site.
Ms Martin says when new scholarships were announced for Maori students to attend boarding school, Hato Petera was one of the schools highlighted.
She says the Government took the glory then so now it needs to help the school with its property issues.
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