May 08, 2018
Family fights on for Hato Petera
The mother of the sole remaining student at Hato Petera College is accusing the Auckland Catholic diocese of refusing to accept the enrolments that could keep the school open.
The Education Ministry is consulting on whether to close the school.
Phyllis Pomare says there are still whanau who want to want to send their rangatahi to the 90-year-old school, but they can’t get them in the door.
She says the diocese is holding off processing the applications until submissions close on May 14.
"If we don’t get enough positive submissions, I'm led to believe there is a possibility we will be forced out, and we don't want to get there, because we know there are parents who are trying to enrol, who have placed registrations of interest with the hostels, but they are not looking at them, and I'm talking about the diocese," Mrs Pomare says.
She says the diocese seems to be hoping the Education Minister will take the blame for closing the school.
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