September 30, 2019
Old boys plan Te Aute fightback
Old boys and girls from Te Aute have asked the school proprietors and the Ministry of Education to hold off putting a commissioner into the historic Hawke's Bay Māori boarding school.
There have been allegations this year of assaults in the boarding hostel, including one investigated by the police without charges being laid, and there has also been a split between the Board of Trustees which runs the school and the Te Aute Trust which manages the school endowments and hostel.
Old boy Julian Wilcox says a hui at the weekend established a working party to explore options which can be put to the boards and the ministry.
"There are a number of options the Ministry of Education has to intervene if it decides to do so. A commissioner is at one end of the spectrum and at the other end is a whole bunch of other things they can do, like simply giving some governance advice to the board of trustees," he says.
Mr Wilcox says however the current situation is resolved, it is important to develop strategies for the long term future of the school, including defining its purpose within the current Māori education environment.
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