June 26, 2015
Kohanga Trust moves to change
Labour’s Maori development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says Education Minister Hekia Parata needs to say whether she will resume negotiations with Te Kohanga Reo National Trust now its board has started reforms.
The board sent a memo this week to all kohanga reo saying it is modernising the governance structure and making relevant changes to the Trust Deed, including removing a provision for lifetime membership of the board.
It has also closed negotiations for two vacant positions on the board.
Ms Mahuta says it’s a move in the right direction, and the Minister needs to indicate whether she has confidence in the approach.
She says negotiations of the Kohanga Reo Treaty Claim should be a key priority so that children at kohanga reo can be funded on an equal basis as the rest of the early childhood sector.
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