April 15, 2015
Future of Maori boarding schools questioned
Labour MP Kelvin Davis says Maori need to have a discussion about whether they need to continue supporting Maori boarding schools in their current form.
Mr Davis is challenging the Auckland Catholic Diocese to offer Hato Petera on Auckland’s North Shore a long term lease so it can have more certainty about its future.
But he says there are wider questions to be answered, with only St Josephs near Napier boasting a healthy roll.
"I think everybody in our hearts, we really want them to succeed but now there are fewer scholarship to attend those schools, now that state schools that are near those schools provide a similar education even if it is not the same level of kaupapa Maori or tikanga Maori, we really need to have a discussion because the last thing we need is for schools to slowly suffocate and in the end there is no choice but to close them. That's the last thing we need for our Maori education," Mr Davis says.
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