Māori schools hope for more teaching resources in Budget 2014

By Harata Brown

For over 20 years, Māori immersion schools, Puau Te Moananui-a-Kiwa and Hoani Waititi Marae have held a great presence in both East and West Auckland.

Both schools hope the Goverment's budget announcement tomorrow will lead to the provision of more resources for teaching students within their Wharekura.

Although only 26 students are currently enrolled in Puau Te Moananui-a-Kiwa's wharekura unit in Glen Innes, its principal says they have four full-time staff who are inundated with work as they deliver various subjects at all levels from year 9 through to year 13. 

Although Ngā Haeata Mātauranga - The Annual Report on Māori Education 2007/08 reported that year 11-13 students at Māori-medium schools were more likely to gain a typical level or higher NCEA qualification than their Māori peers at  schools,

The principal of TKKM o Hoani Waititi Marae says the Govt should have a equitable approach between Māori immersion schools and mainstream schools.

September will see the opening of the new $6 million wharekura complex at Puau Te Moananui-a-Kiwa, the school also hopes the Government will to help better resource and fund teaching within those classrooms.