February 14, 2022
Elite kura call gets Davis downgrade
Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis wants rōpū representing Māori medium education to help him reshape the sector, but has ruled out a structure like the new Māori Health Authority.
Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa has turned down an offer to join a working group, Te Pae Roa, looking at changes to Māori medium education, and has instead lodged a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal seeking a Māori education autonomy.
Mr Davis says the Māori Health Authority needs to advocate for all Māori, whereas Te Rūnanga Nui says it doesn’t want its authority to be concerned with the 95 percent of Māori children in mainstream schools.
“Our Māori kids are our Māori kids and I’m not going to differentiate between whether they attend kura kaupapa and whether they attend bilingual units in mainstream schools,” he says.
Kelvin Davis says seats have been left vacant for on Te Pae Roa for Te Rūnanga Nui, Kōhanga Reo and the other Māori medium rōpū.