June 29, 2018
Hēnare points to church for poor support for Pētera whānau
Tāmaki Makaurau MP Peeni Hēnare is pointing the finger at the Catholic diocese for the imminent closure of Hāto Pētera College.
The Education Minister is about to remove the integrated status of the Māori boarding school on the North Shore.
Mr Hēnare says he and Te Taitokerau MP Kelvin Davis have drawn fire from people angry the school could finally close on this Government’s watch, but it’s a problem that has been a long time coming as Māori boarding schools were challenged to reinvent themselves.
"I am pointing the finger clearly at the church for their failure to deliver for the students of Hāto Pētera in providing either a strategy or plan to make sure those whānau didn't feel left out in the cold or unsupported through a transition and they've clearly failed on that," he says.
Peeni Hēnare says there are other options for a good education in a Māori setting in Tāmaki Makaurau.
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