September 03, 2015
Consultation brings out support for Turakina
The board of Turakina Maori Girls College says it can find no support for the Education Minister’s proposal that the historic boarding school be closed.
The board has been consulting extensively since Hekia Parata put the proposal in response to a declining roll and concern over the condition of the school’s hostel.
It says the hostel is the responsibility to the proprietors, the Presbyterian church, who have a plan to address the issue.
Other concerns are with the school’s governance, management and leadership, which the board says it is addressing.
Its immediate aim is to enrol as many students as it can by Labour weekend, with help from the Old Girls’ Association.
Results of consultation to date include an offer of help with governance from the local mayor and an expression of support from the mana whenua Ngati Apa.
Child Youth and Family has also affirmed the value Turakina gives students placed there.
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