September 03, 2018
Tough call for school
Associate Education Minister and Te Taitokerau MP Kelvin Davis says the closure of a Māori boarding school in his electorate is a sign of changes in Māori education.
On Friday Education Minister Chris Hipkins cut state funding from Hātō Petera College in Northcote.
Mr Davis says while the closure after 90 years is sad for the school's supporters, Māori parents had stopped sending their rangatahi there.
"Kura kaupapa Māori are filling the gap those schools used to provide in terms of tauira learning te reo and tikanga and all those sorts of things so it's hard and expensive to send a young person say from Hokianga down to Hātō Petera when they can get a similar education a lot closer to hand," he says.
Mr Davis would like to see the land continue to be used for educational purposes, but that's up to the Auckland Catholic diocese.
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