It's the beginning of the journey for the Advisory Committee, and more importantly kōhanga reo, as a new governance model is developed ensuring they have a voice at the executive level.
Moui Fifita travelled along with his two children from Pangaru, a family from Te Kōhanga Reo o Pa Arapeta.
He says they are feeling the pinch financially and the problems regarding the national trust are secondary.
“There's always a struggle where there's hardly any fund. You don't really see the big picture, there's always something happening at home.”
One of the region's concerns in Northland is the threat by the Ministry of Education not to renew the National Trust's master contract totalling $2.5mil for its operational costs, until the Ministry is satisfied by an acceptable plan moving forward.
According to Hone Harawira, “They said to me, Hone, we need to legislate that the Minister cannot touch that money. As well as that, there's a call to renew the board so that kōhanga reo can see their own people on that board.”
Over the next few months, the Advisory Committee will traverse the country gathering the thoughts of all those involved.