September 03, 2018
Church warm on O’Sullivan academy
Far north doctor and Hātō Petera old boy Lance O’Sullivan has won the support of the Catholic diocese of Auckland for his plan to create an education academy on the school site.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins last week cancelled the Māori Catholic boarding school’s integration agreement, marking the end after 90 years.
Church spokesperson Dame Lyndsay Freer confirmed to Radio Waatea, that of the schemes put up for the Northcote property, Dr O’Sullivan has the nod.
Dr O’Sullivan says he wants to set up a foundation to run the hostels and outsource the education side to an established school with similar values.
"Leave us the opportunity on this academy side and hostel side to explore how we can create leadership programmes and introduce these students to Māori technology companies that would allow us to run workshops and tutorials in the evening that give our tamariki, our rangatahi and edge in today’s world," he says.
Dr O’Sullivan says it’s a similar model to Inzone, which houses boys going to Auckland Grammar.
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